Coronavirus: How is it to travel to Aruba during the pandemic?
Last updated: 02-06-2021
Are you looking for a sunny destination where things are almost back to normal? The island of Aruba is an excellent choice right now for a sunny vacation, nonetheless, there are still some extra security measures and restrictions that still need to be respected. Just imagine yourself relaxing at one of Aruba’s beach cafés or taking pictures in front of the famous Divi Divi tree at Eagle Beach, whilst basking in the warm and cozy atmosphere of the Caribbean.
Before you pack your suitcase and book a flight to Aruba, here is some key information you should know to be well prepared to enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation.
• As of January 25th, 2021, borders are open to almost all countries. The residents of Brazil, India and South Africa are unable to travel to Aruba due to the new variant of the COVID-19 now present in these countries. The border of Venezuela was already closed prior to the pandemic and will remain so until further notice.
• Prior to departure, all travelers including children must complete the Embarkation/Disembarkation card (ED Card). It is mandatory to provide basic information, submit a personal health evaluation, upload a negative covid-19 test result, purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance, and agreeing to the government’s regulation.
• Prior to departure, it is highly recommended to have a negative result from a certified molecular COVID-19 test for anybody of 15 years and older. The test must be done a maximum of 72 hours prior to departure and it is required to upload the negative test result on the Embarkation/Disembarkation card. If for some reason you can not do the test before your trip, you have the option to get a molecular PCR test upon arrival at the airport of Aruba. Therefore, it is mandatory to do a quarantine up to 24h at your place of stay while waiting for the result. The fee for the PCR test done at the airport will be 75$ and must be pre-paid through the ED Card process.
• In case you need to quarantine or require medical care during your stay, the fees related to these services will be at your own cost. Make sure to have sufficient medical insurance coverage.
• It is mandatory to wear a face mask for visitors of 15 years and older upon arrival at the Queen Beatrix International Airport.
• During your entire stay, you should apply safety measures such as keeping a distance of a minimum of 2 meters with others and wash your hands regularly. You should carry a mask with you at all times to wear in any indoor places and where it is determined mandatory.
Latest government announcement regarding the Coronavirus in Aruba
As you may know, some procedures have been set in place by the government of Aruba to maintain safety measures throughout the whole island. Those rules are designed for both locals and visitors to ensure safety for all. The effectiveness of the government has shown great results with its low number of new cases per day. As of May 25th, the government of Aruba has announced lighter restrictions. The following rules are subject to changes depending on the evolution of the pandemic and the decisions made by the government from time to time.
• There is currently no curfew
• The beaches are opened again.
• It is not allowed to consume alcohol on the beaches, parking lots, parks or in any public place unless it is a licensed establishment. Beach bars and restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol.
• All establishments must close by 11 PM except for those located on hotel premise.
• Casinos are currently required to close by 1 AM at the latest.
• A maximum of 8 adults can be seated together at a restaurant indoor or 10 adults outdoor. Childern under the age of 12 are not counted towards the maximum.
• Indoor and outdoor establishments are permitted to have (music) performances by up to a maximum of 5 musician/performer.
• Bars and clubs are currently closed. Hotel and restaurant bars are allowed to serve the guests at tables only.
• Certain “Restricted zones” such as public parking are restricted areas between 7:30 PM and 5 AM.
• It is mandatory to wear a face mask in any public establishment and public transportation.
• It is mandatory to wear a mask on tour busses.
Thanks to all the effort made by the government and the different companies on the island of Aruba, you can still experience a dream vacation! You can embark on a tour and go discover the different gems of this paradisiac island just like you would have planned before the pandemic. Companies such as ABC Tours have ensured safety for their guests by entirely cleaning and sanitizing their Jeeps between each tour.
This is the kind of service you will notice across the island of Aruba. Whether you go out for dinner in Oranjestad, sip on some cocktails while laying in the sun on Palm Beach, you will feel the happy vibes of the Arubans and a safe atmosphere.
* The information shared in this article is subject to changes depending on the progression of the spread of Coronavirus on the island of Aruba and the changes of procedures regarding safety measures shared by the government.
By Jessica Gallant