Mandatory Entry Requirements & Aruba Travel Restrictions due to COVID-19
This page describes the Aruba government-mandated procedures that are currently in place related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for visitors to be granted entry to Aruba and also while staying in Aruba. Information is also available related to the Aruba Visitors Insurance and countries that Aruba’s borders are open to for travel. This information is valid as of July 25, 2020 to date.
Information on this page is divided into three main sections:
1. The new online embarkation / disembarkation process. This is a crucial element to being granted entry to Aruba and is comprised of five essential components that visitors must be aware of.
2. Procedures during flights, upon arrival and during one's stay in Aruba
3. Countries / regions with which Aruba's borders are open for travel.
1. Online Embarkation / Disembarkation process.
Formerly referred to as the embarkation/disembarkation card (or ED Card) due to it having been a paper card that used to be handed out to visitors on flights to Aruba for filling in traveler information.
This has now been completely digitized and is an essential process that all visitors must follow prior to traveling to Aruba. It includes online functionality for the following components:
(i) providing basic traveler information,
(ii) submitting a personal health assessment,
(iii) uploading a negative PCR test result,
(iv) purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance,
(v) declaring one’s consent to Aruba’s health protocols and procedures.
The above components are described in detail below and all are part of the online embarkation/disembarkation process that needs to be done at edcardaruba.aw.
(i) Basic Traveler information
This entails providing details such as birth date, passport details, duration of stay and so forth.
(ii) Personal Health Assessment
To be submitted within 72 and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba. This includes responding to questions related to one’s state of health including questions about any prior COVID-19 diagnosis, quarantine or contact with persons in quarantine, symptoms typical to COVID-19, contact with COVID-19 infected persons, etc.
(iii) Negative PCR test required
Three test procedure options are available:
Option 1: Take a PCR test prior to arrival
Option 2: Only take a PCR test upon arrival in Aruba (no other test results uploaded prior to travel)
Option 3: Take an accessible test prior to traveling to Aruba AND take the mandatory PCR test upon arrival in Aruba
IMPORTANT: Option 2 is not available to residents of the following US States:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Residents of all other US States and other countries with whom Aruba’s borders are open are strongly recommended to choose test options 1 or 2. The cost of the PCR test taken in Aruba is US$75 per person and needs to be pre-paid as part of the online embarkation/disembarkation process. Children 14 and under are not required to take the PCR test.
Tests must be taken at 72 hours prior to departure (or closer to departure) and the results need to be uploaded no later than 12 hours prior to departure to Aruba. Any tests and results executed before 72 hours prior to departure to Aruba will not be valid.
Options in detail:
Option 1: Take a PCR test prior to arrival - Test must be a COVID-19 test, obtained from a nasal/oral swab specimen through PCR, NAAT or molecular testing performed by a certified lab. Any other Covid-19 test (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood test) doctor’s declaration or home kits will not be accepted for Option 1. Tests are not required for children 14 and under. All costs related to PCR testing are the responsibility of the visitor.
Option 2: Only take a PCR test upon arrival in Aruba (no other test results uploaded prior to travel) - a PCR test will be conducted immediately after arrival, and visitors will be required to be in mandatory quarantine at their hotel or booked place of stay. The quarantine will be up to 24 hours, and the Aruba Department of Health will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize the visitors’ time in quarantine. Option 2 is not available to residents of the US States listed above.
Option 3: Take an accessible test prior to traveling to Aruba AND take the mandatory PCR test (lab certified) upon arrival in Aruba
This new option 3 is especially relevant to residents of the abovementioned states, and offers the option to perform two tests. One accessible test prior to travel, and one accurate test upon arrival. Prior to travel it will be possible to pre-upload negative test results for one of the following accessible tests to the ED Card online platform:
Antigen (QL IA, FIA), PCR Home kit, or any other type of test
With Option 3, it will still be mandatory to conduct a second test (PCR) immediately after arrival. Visitors will be required to be in mandatory quarantine at their hotel or booked place of stay. The quarantine will be up to 24 hours, and the Aruba Department of Health will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize the visitors’ time in quarantine.
(iv) Purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance
This insurance is mandatory for all visitors and must be purchased in advance of travel as part of the online embarkation/disembarkation process. One’s own travel insurance can be supplementary to the Aruba Visitors Insurance but cannot replace it. Premiums are per person and depend on one’s age and length of stay.
Read more details about Aruba Visitors Insurance.
(v) Declaring one’s consent to Aruba’s health protocols and procedures.
The final mandatory requirement is to provide consent to comply with the rules and procedures as mandated by the Aruban government, including cooperating with any COVID-19 related screening, isolation, quarantine, PCR testing procedures including temporary quarantine while awaiting results, adherence to any instructions by Aruba’s public health authorities etc. Consent must be provided within 72 hours and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba as part of the online embarkation/disembarkation process.
The online embarkation/disembarkation process will generate email notifications and reminders for completion of all the five aforementioned components. For this to go smoothly, visitors are encouraged to begin the process at edcardaruba.aw as soon after booking their trip to Aruba as possible and to comply with the timeframes allocated to each component step. Visitors are also encouraged to check their spam folders as some notification or reminder messages may end up there inadvertently.
Upon successful completion of the online embarkation/disembarkation process, visitors will receive a confirmation email with approval for travel to Aruba. This would need to be shown in digital or print form at check in or upon boarding.
2. Procedures while in flight, upon arrival and during stay.
- All visitors aged 15 and over are required to wear a mask in flight to Aruba, while at the Aruba airport and must continue to wear a mask up until entering one’s room at booked accommodation.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing proves difficult.
- All visitors who did not provide a negative PCR test result prior to travel to Aruba will receive a PCR test at the airport immediately after arrival in Aruba. PCR testing will be followed by a mandatory quarantine at the visitor’s booked accommodation until test results are finalized. Mandatory quarantine means that the person must stay in their room until the test results are known to avoid contact with other guests and staff at the accommodation. This quarantine is not expected to last more than 24 hours, and Aruba’s health department will make every effort to have results in less time in order to minimize the visitor’s time in quarantine.
- All visitors who did provide a negative PCR test result prior to travel to Aruba will receive a temperature check and health assessment by a medical professional upon arrival. This is not required for children aged 14 and younger. If the temperature check and health assessment are clear, no further testing or subsequent 24-hour quarantine is needed. If the visitor shows COVID-19-related symptoms during the health check, the visitor will be taken to a designated isolation location to await test results. Travel companions will proceed to their booked accommodation and will quarantine pending test results. If test results are negative, the guest can go to their booked accommodation. If test results are positive, the guest will remain in isolation and their travel companions will be relocated to a designated quarantine location.
- Prior to travel, visitors should download the Aruba Department of Public Health’s Aruba Health App. In addition to being a valuable mobile resource for COVID-19 health procedures in Aruba, it will also facilitate airport health screening, and importantly visitors will receive results for PCR tests taken in Aruba considerably faster.
- Aruba has a designated COVID Call Center reachable at 280-0101. Any visitors experiencing symptoms typically associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, loss of taste/smell) are recommended to contact their accommodation staff/host or the COVID Call Center. Over the phone, a triage questionnaire will be conducted by a medical practitioner and visitors will be instructed of next steps they would be required to follow.
3. Aruba's borders are open to the following regions / countries.
Travel between the following countries / regions and Aruba is possible:
Bonaire & Curacao - since June 15, 2020
Canada - since July 1, 2020
Europe - since July 1, 2020
Caribbean countries (excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti) - since July 1, 2020
United States of America - since July 10, 2020.
Opening dates for other regions, including South America and Central America, are yet to be determined.
Follow our news section for daily updates on the COVID-19 situation in Aruba.
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