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Before starting its business operations, a corporation must apply for the following licenses:

A business license

This allows the company to start and maintain a business in Aruba. Applications must be directed to the Minister of Economic Affairs.

A director's license

Must be sought for each of the company's foreign managing directors, allowing him to act on behalf of the company. Applications must be directed to the Minister of Economic

A residence and work license

Must be sought for any foreigner to be employed by the company, who intends to take up residence in Aruba.

The application for a business license has to be done with:

Directie Economische Zaken
L.G. Smith Boulevard 160
Oranjestad, Aruba
Phone: +297 582 1181 / 582 1942
Fax +297 583 4494

After the application is presented on sealed paper (obtainable with the post office and Board of Taxes) to Economic Affairs you are called to give further information on:

  • the proposed activities of the company
  • the number of employees
  • the projected investment
  • the location of the company
  • personalia of the managing director(s), stockholder(s) or owner(s)
  • the remaining documents e.g. permits for different branches, work and residence permit, proof of registration in the Census Office

Upon receipt of confirmation of the business license, a confirmation fee has to be paid. It is recommended to allow ample time for the application. As it is forbidden to establish a business without a license, authorities can close down the company with immediate effect.

Temporary or Permanent Work Permit

Any foreigners who want to be employed or conduct business on the island must have a work permit. The work permit will normally be granted only if there are not qualified persons locally available. In general, requests for work-permits will only be taken into consideration if filed through a local employer, who has to accept full responsibility for any possible expenses to be made by the government relative to the employees.

Written Permits

With the exception of tourists, all other persons should have a written permit to prove their legal presence on the island. This means that one (unless a tourist) should not travel to or be on the island pending a request for a residence-and/or work permit.

Application Forms

Complimentary forms for written permits can be obtained by writing to:

Directorate of Public Order & Security
Caya Dick Cooper 11
San Nicolas, Aruba
Phone +297 584 3322
Fax +297 584 3258

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