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Updated: The Aruba Government has officially announced the reopening of its borders for tourism

On May 8th, the Government of Aruba announced a tentative reopening of the borders for international travel between June 15 and July 1, 2020. A formal announcement will be made in the coming weeks with the official reopen date.

Today, the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A) and the Department of Public Health announced the Aruba Health & Happiness Code, a stringent cleaning and hygiene certification program that will be mandatory for all tourism related businesses across the country.

*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Aruba federal government. Be sure to check with local and state authorities before traveling. 

Aruba reopening beach

“In order to receive visitors, all tourism businesses in Aruba must adhere to the new protocols and receive approval from the Department of Inspection and Hygiene to be awarded with the Aruba Health & Happiness Code gold certification seal,” The Aruba Tourism Authority told Travel Off Path

Aruba Beach
Landscape in Arikok National Park, Aruba (Image: Aruba Tourism Authority)

Visitors can once again dream of visiting Aruba, and be reassured they will have a safe experience at every touchpoint of their journey, from the airport which will offer advanced screenings, to hotel accommodations which have elevated protocols that include plexiglass barriers when there’s interaction with staff, digital check-in, social distancing in common spaces and more. 

Aruba Train in tourist street
Aruba resorts will be ready to welcome new guests under new stringent health and sanitation measures (Image: TripAdvisor)

The Aruba Health & Happiness Code‘ certification will provide assurance that each business has taken every measure to offer a safe environment for employees and guests. The certification seal of approval will be displayed prominently on all tourism related businesses, and the certified businesses will also be found on the Department of Public Health website.

Riu All Inclusive Hotel Aruba
Riu All Inclusive Hotel Aruba (Image:Riu Hotels)

The Aruba Airport Authority has worked with the Department of Public Health and followed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines to implement numerous measures such as screening, temperature checks, on-site medical professionals, social distance markers and additional shields and safeguards, mandatory PPE training for all staff, and more.

As visitors depart the airport, they will find the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code‘ certification seal of approval on taxis/transport and on all businesses that fall into the sectors of accommodations, food and beverage, restaurants and bars, casinos, retail shops, and tour operators.

Aruba Beach resort

These new protocols to safeguard visitors and locals will also extend to national parks and tourism attractions.

Aruba's renowned Arikok National Park will adhere to the certification guidelines and is creating digital experiences to help reinforce social distancing including virtual guided tours of the park.

For the first time ever, the Park will permanently ban ATVs (starting June 1) and UTVs (starting October 31) from protected areas. This will help preserve nature and limit how many people can access the park, ultimately providing a more intimate experience for visitors.

Landscape in Arikok National Park
Landscape in Arikok National Park (Aruba Tourism Authority)

Located outside of the hurricane belt, Aruba offers a slice of paradise with breathtaking beaches, a booming culinary scene of over 300 restaurants with 25+ located ideally on the water, world-famous festivals and events, exciting land and water activities, art galleries and museums, sumptuous spas, championship golf, exclusive shopping and signature experiences such as cooling off in Conchi, Aruba's natural pool.

aruba beach with palm trees

This month other major tourist destinations popular with Americans and Canadians have announced their reopenings including Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta

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