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Aruba, known by many names including the “happiness” island, is once again open to international traffic. As it stands, the country has had to revisit its entry policies numerous times in response to a previous spike in cases, which has since been drastically cut down. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to visit.
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Who can visit?
Travelers from the following regions are now being allowed to visit Aruba:
- United Stated – all 50 states
- The Caribbean (mostly)
- Any other region not listed in the below list
Residents of the following regions will be allowed to visit Aruba from December 1, 2020:
- South America (except Venezuela which has no set date yet)
- Central America
- The Caribbean – While travel from almost all parts of the Caribbean is already allowed, travelers from Dominican Republic and Haiti will be allowed from December 1.
What testing is required?
Guests 15 years and older planning on visiting Aruba can either present a negative result from a COVID-19 molecular test conducted up to 72 hours before their flight to the island, or they can be tested at the airport for a fee of US $75.
If you choose to pre-test, please check out the official Aruba testing website for details as to what types of tests are accepted (as molecular tests is a pretty broad category). Tests conducted at the airport have a turnaround time of about 6-8 hours. During that time, guests will be required to quarantine.
Home-based test kits are not allowed with the exception of the ones being provided if you are flying in with JetBlue. The airline has partnered with Vault Heath, which offers self-based testing at home, but under the supervision of a Vault Health Specialist via a Zoom video call. Details about that can be found here.
Other rules and requirements?
Besides testing, all visitors coming into Aruba will be required to fill out the upgraded Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) qualifying form. Previously, the ED form was convenient because you could enter your information online and submit it directly to immigration rather than having to fill it out on the aircraft, but the enhanced form now requires five different types of information. Based on the answers, the authorities will then either approve or deny your entry 3 days before your entry, and will send the decision via email.
The form is broken down as follows:
1) Basic Traveler Information
Travelers will need to provide basic details such as date of birth, passport information, length of stay, etc. Once your trip is booked, you should start the process of completing this form.
2) Personal Health Assessment
Travelers will be asked basic medical questions like whether they were in contact with someone who may have COVID-19; if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or loss of smell/taste; if they have been in a 14-day quarantine recently, and so on.
3) Negative Molecular COVID-19 test required
4) Requisite Insurance Coverage
Guests will also be required to purchase travel insurance via the Aruba Visitor Insurance website for a small one-time fee, with overall coverage up to US $75,000. This insurance is mandatory, but you can purchase additional insurance from your own provider if you feel you need additional coverage.
Should you contract the virus, the insurance covers many of the necessities including testing, doctor’s visits, hospitalization and intensive care, as well as isolation and transportation expenses. The prices are as follows:
- People ages 0-14 – US $10 for stays up to 180 days
- People ages 15-75 – US $30 for stays up to 180 days
- People ages 76 and above – US $30 for stays up to 180 days
The payment will be required in the final stages of completing the ED card. The purchase window opens from 72 hours to 4 hours before arrival.
5) Consent to Aruba Government Mandates
Visitors will also be required to comply with local safety policies set by the government including:
- Acknowledgment and consent that upon arrival and during their stay in Aruba visitors shall cooperate with any type of COVID-19 testing as indicated by the public health authorities of Aruba, including isolation and/or quarantine.
- Acknowledgment and consent that in case the visitor undergoes diagnostic Molecular PCR COVID-19 testing, they shall await their Molecular PCR COVID-19 test results in quarantine as instructed by the public health authorities.
- Acknowledgment and consent to follow any and all instructions imposed by the public health authorities of Aruba; this includes, but is not limited to, instructions to be isolated or quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
Will there be a quarantine period?
Guests entering with the island with a negative test result in hand will not be required to quarantine, while those taking on-island tests when they arrival, will be subject to up to a 24 hour quarantine period, but usually they will have results within 6-8 hours. If you receive a negative result, you will be released from quarantine.
Are masks required to be worn in Aruba?
Guests will be required to wear masks in certain conditions such as:
- During the taxi ride to your place of stay.
- When taking any form of public transportation or vehicles for hire.
- While traveling on tour buses.
- While traversing through public indoor spaces including, but not limited to malls, shops, supermarkets, museums, casinos, and so on.
- Guest should also check with their respective places of stay to confirm the mask policy on those properties.
In places not mentioned above, masks are not required, but it is strongly advised that they still be used where social distancing may be impossible, or where establishments may not have plexiglass dividers. Examples of places where masks are not mandatory include, but is not limited to, food and beverage establishments, outdoor retail shops, outdoor attractions, parks, bike paths and walkways, etc.
Coronavirus in Aruba
Aruba dealt with a rise in cases in August, but managed to significantly trim that figure, and as of November 15, the number of daily infections continues to trend downwards. In the last few days, infections averaged around 10 a day or less. As of November 15, there were 4,662 cases with 4,534 recoveries and 44 deaths.
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