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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 October 7, 2020 to date.

Information on this page is divided into four main sections:

1. The online ED Card 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.

4. Wearing of masks and additional safety protocols while in Aruba.

1. Online ED Card 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 COVID-19 test result, 

(iv) purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance,

(v) declaring one’s consent to Aruba government mandates. 

The above components are described in detail below and all are part of the online ED Card 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 Molecular COVID-19 test required

Three possible test procedure options are available depending on your place of residence:

Option 1: Take a test prior to arrival 
Option 2: Only take a test upon arrival in Aruba (no other test results uploaded prior to travel)
Option 3: Dual testing process - Testing prior to travel and a mandatory Molecular PCR test at the airport in Aruba

IMPORTANT:  Option 2 is not available to residents of the following high-risk US States (updated September 24, 2020):

Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Residents of all other US States that are not on the high-risk list and countries with whom Aruba’s borders are open are strongly recommended to choose test option 1 or if unable to get tested prior to travel to Aruba then option 2 is available. The cost of option 2 - the PCR test taken in Aruba - is US$75 per person and needs to be pre-paid as part of the online ED Card 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 test prior to arrival - Test must be a COVID-19 test, obtained from a nasal/oral swab specimen through amplified Molecular testing performed by a certified lab, and the results need to be uploaded as part of the online ED Card process. The test provider is of your choice, and costs may vary by provider.

Your uploaded lab results need to list:

  • Your name, as it appears on passport
  • Date the test was administered
  • "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" or "Coronavirus"
  • The type of Molecular test or Molecular test brand name (see below)
  • How the test was taken: "Nasal", "Nasopharyngeal", "Mid-turbinate", "Combined Oral/Nasal", or "Combined Oral/Nasopharyngeal", or "Combined Oral/Mid-turbinate" swab
  • Your test result: "Negative"

These are the ACCEPTED tests:

Accepted Molecular test types:

  • PCR / RT-PCR / ddPCR / Rapid PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • NAA / NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification)
  • AMP PRB (Amplified Probe)
  • LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification)
  • TMA (Transcription-mediated Amplification)

Accepted Molecular test brands, such as, but not limited to:

  • Abbott ID NOW
  • Quidel Lyra PCR
  • Abbott Realtime PCR
  • Cobas Qualitative PCR
  • FTD PCR
  • Xpert Xpress
  • Simplexa Direct PCR


These tests are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Any at-home kits (the sample needs to be collected by licensed medical staff)
  • Any test that does not rely on an oral or nasal swab, such as:
    • Sputum, saliva and spit collection (spit in a cup, etc.)
    • Gargle, oral rinse, etc
    • Oral swab without a nasal swab
  • All Antigen (Ag) tests (including Quidel Sophia, Abbott BinexNOW and Rapid Antigen Tests)
  • All Antibody tests (such as IgG, IgA, IgM and Rapid Antibody Tests)
  • All blood tests (such as fingerstick, venipuncture)
  • All plasma tests
  • All serum tests
  • All lateral flow tests
  • All fever checks
  • All temperature checks
  • Any Doctor's note

Upload any of these and you will be required to retake the PCR test on arrival at the Airport at your expense.

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 test upon arrival in Aruba (no other test results uploaded prior to travel) - a Molecular 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: Dual testing process - testing prior to travel and a mandatory Molecular PCR COVID-19 test at the airport in Aruba

Option 3 is relevant to residents of the abovementioned high-risk US States. For option 3, the Government of Aruba requires you to take two tests. One accessible, qualified test prior to travel, and one qualified Molecular PCR test upon arrival at the Aruba airport. Prior to travel it will be possible to pre-upload negative test results for one of the following tests as part of the online ED Card process.

These are the ACCEPTED tests:

  • Antigen test, such as:
    • Antigen QL IA (Qualitative Immunoassay)
    • Antigen FIA (Fluoro-immunoassay) 
  • Molecular PCR Home kits such as:
    • Pixel by LabCo  
  • Any other type of test (other than the ones below that are not accepted)

These tests are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • All Antibody tests (such as IgG, IgA, IgM and Rapid Antibody Tests)
  • All blood tests (such as fingerstick, venipuncture)
  • All plasma tests
  • All serum tests
  • Any Doctor's note

Upload any of these and you will not be allowed to travel to Aruba.


With Option 3, it will still be mandatory to conduct a second test (Molecular PCR). This will be collected via a nasal swab (Nasopharyngeal), administered upon arrival at the Aruba airport.  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 ED Card 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 government mandates. 

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 testing, isolation, quarantine, including temporary quarantine while awaiting Molecular PCR COVID-19 test 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 ED Card 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 online ED Card process 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 ED Card 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 are required to comply with arrival health procedures as mandated by the Aruba Airport Authority and the Government of Aruba. The procedures include:

  • Wearing of masks - mandatory on incoming flights and at certain places in Aruba. Additionally, visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks in situations where social distancing proves difficult. 

  • All visitors who did not provide a negative Molecular COVID-19 test result prior to travel to Aruba will receive a Molecular PCR COVID-19 test at the airport immediately after arrival in Aruba. 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 (6-8 hours) in order to minimize the visitor’s time in quarantine.

  • 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, through which visitors will receive results for Molecular PCR COVID-19 tests taken in Aruba considerably faster.

  • Aruba has a designated COVID Call Center reachable at 280-0505. Any visitors experiencing symptoms typically associated with COVID-19 (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties, loss of taste/smell) are required to first 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.

*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. 


* Bonaire and Curacao may have travel restrictions related to Aruba imposed by their own governments, please check accordingly.

Opening dates for other regions, including South America and Central America, are yet to be determined.

4. Wearing of masks and additional safety measures.

Wearing a mask is mandatory at specific places in Aruba by government regulation. Visitors and locals alike are expected to have a mask with them at all times to use in the mandated locations indicated below, as well as any other instances where social distancing is not possible. 

Where wearing a mask is mandatory:

- all inbound visitors ages 15 and older must wear a mask during flight to Aruba. Travelers are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with any in-flight requirements and procedures of their chosen airline related to COVID-19.

-  all inbound visitors ages 15 and older must wear a mask in the airport in Aruba, during any taxi ride or public transportation from the airport to their accommodation, and until they enter their room at their booked place of stay.

- all visitors and locals must wear a mask on public transportation including public buses and taxis for hire.

- all visitors and locals must wear a mask in any indoor public space. This includes, but is not limited to, retail shops, supermarkets, museums, casinos, etc. Travelers are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with any specific mask wearing protocols in place at their chosen hotel or accommodations.

- all visitors and locals must wear a mask on tour buses

Where wearing a mask is strongly encouraged:

In any places not listed above as mandatory, visitors and locals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible and where there are no physical barriers, such as plexiglass shields, to compensate for social distancing.

This includes, but is not limited to, food and beverage establishments, outdoor retail shops, outdoor attractions, parks, bike paths and walkways, etc.

Proper mask usage

Visitors and locals should follow CDC and/or WHO guidelines for effective types of masks, as well as proper mask usage including wearing a mask over the nose and mouth, securing it under the chin, and fitting it snugly against the sides of the face.


Additional safety measures

The Aruba government has also implemented additional island-wide measures to further maintain the health and safety of visitors. 

  • All establishments - except those at hotel properties - are required to close by 11:00pm at the latest. Please check with your specific hotel for more information on closing times. (updated October 7, 2020)
  • Tables at restaurants can have a maximum of four seats (excluding seating for children under the age of 12). Tables must be at least 1.5 meters apart. 
  • All bars, rum shops, and nightclubs are closed until further notice. Restaurant bars can serve at tables only. There will be no bar stools and no standing at bars.
  • Hotel bars can serve at the bar only to registered hotel guests.
  • Hotel bars are permitted to have a live soloist.
  • No live music activities with a band or a DJ are allowed.
  • No parties are allowed in private homes.
  • No groups over four people are allowed to form in public spaces unless the group consists of a family from the same household. This includes gatherings on the beach.
  • Beach weddings are permitted but are limited to a maximum of 25 people and no live music is allowed and proper social distancing and hand sanitizing must be adhered to. A single, non-amplified musician is allowed.
  • Indoor group sports and contact sports of any kind (indoor or outdoor) are not permitted.
  • Curfew in effect from 12:00am (midnight) to 05:00 am until further notice (updated October 7, 2020)
  • No bingo events allowed including at casinos 

Follow our news section for daily updates on the COVID-19 situation in Aruba

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