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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 September 1, 2021 to date.

Latest updates:

September 1, 2021-  Updates to additional safety measures - effective September 2, 2021
August 22, 2021    -  Several additional safety measures added - curfew, closing times etc.
August 13, 2021    -  Some additional safety measures re-introduced - related to entertainment
August 5, 2021      -  Some safety measures being re-introduced - effective August 7, 2021
August 1, 2021      -  Reduction in Aruba Visitor's Insurance rates - effective August 1, 2021
July 29, 2021         -  Proof of vaccination option no longer applicable - effective August 1, 2021
July 13, 2021         -  Proof of vaccination option added for certain eligible US residents - comes into effect on July 14
July 5, 2021           -  Several safety measures removed e.g. closing times, seating restrictions, casinos, bars & nightclubs.  
June 9, 2021          -  Relaxation of safety measures related to mask usage, and more.  
June 7, 2021          -  Travel from Brazil, India and South Africa allowed again
May 25, 2021         - Relaxation of safety measures: removal of curfew, removal of beach restriction. 
May 10, 2021         - Relaxation of safety measures: change to curfew time, closing time, removal of gathering ban. 
April 26, 2021         - Additional safety measures: change to curfew time, closing time, restricted zones time. 
April 16, 2021         - Additional safety measures: No change - re-evaluation expected on April 23. 
April 9, 2021           - Additional safety measures prolonged by 2 more weeks. Closing times will be re-evaluated within a week. 
March 26, 2021       - Updates to additional safety measures related to COVID-19
March 20,2021        - Adjustment to additional safety measures related to COVID-19 - restaurant seating rules updated
March 19,2021        - Some changes to additional safety measures related to COVID-19 
March 18,2021        - Peru travel restriction lifted. Travel from South Africa restricted.
February 5,2021      - Some changes to additional safety measures related to COVID-19 
January 24,2021      - Border closed with Brazil as of Jan 25. 2021.
January 16,2021      - CDC testing requirement before return to USA and COVID-19 testing locations in Aruba.
January  8, 2021      - Some clarifications on additional safety measures related to COVID-19 (gatherings, boat/charter activities).
January  7, 2021      - Curfew extended to January 31st. See additional safety measures related to COVID-19.
January  3, 2021      - Curfew extended to January 7th. See additional safety measures related to COVID-19.
December 30, 2020  - Curfew comes into effect plus additional safety measures related to COVID-19.
December 11, 2020  - Several updates to additional safety measures section related to COVID-19.
December   1, 2020  - Borders open with Dominican Republic, Haiti, Central America and South America (excluding Venezuela & Peru).
November 30, 2020  - Peru added as a South American country whose residents are not permitted entry to Aruba in addition to Venezuela.
November 20, 2020 - Residents of Curacao now required to provide proof of a negative PCR test or take one on arrival.
November 11, 2020 - New testing option for JetBlue passengers 

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. Aruba's border status with various regions and countries

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 (including children) 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 hours (3 days) 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

All visitors, 15 years and older (12 years and older starting August 25, 2021) traveling to Aruba must take one Molecular COVID-19 test within 3 days to 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba. Two possible test procedure options are available:

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)

Residents of all 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 (3 days) 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 (3 days) prior to departure to Aruba will not be valid. 

Test 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 (Only when results include the original thermal receipt / sticker, or results are verifiable through an email or patient portal.)
  • Quidel Lyra PCR
  • Abbott Realtime PCR
  • Cobas Qualitative PCR
  • FTD PCR
  • Xpert Xpress
  • Simplexa Direct PCR
  • Vault Health

These tests are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Any at-home kits (the sample needs to be collected by licensed medical staff)
    • With the exception of Vault Health
  • 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
    • With the exception of Vault Health
  • 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 or an inauthentic test result and you will be required to retake the PCR test on arrival at the Airport at your expense.

All costs related to PCR testing are the responsibility of the visitor.

IMPORTANT:  Through a partnership with Vault Heath, all JetBlue passengers who want to test prior to travel to Aruba, now have the convenient option of an at-home, saliva-based PCR test, in addition to the option of securing a PCR test from a certified health provider or lab. JetBlue passengers not choosing to test prior to travel, must take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Aruba. Learn more: JetBlue and Vault testing option

Additionally JetBlue travelers are able to use the the CommonPass digital health pass. CommonPass is a digital health app that enables travelers to present standardized, verifiable proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19. CommonPass allows travelers to access lab options across the United States so that they can comply with Aruba’s COVID-19 test required for entry to Aruba and can enjoy a safe, smooth travel experience as well as benefit from designated fast-lanes at the airport. To use CommonPass, travelers MUST get a test at a participating facility. These facilities are Vault Health and XpresCheck. Other facilities do not work with CommonPass at this time.

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 as quickly as possible in order to minimize the visitors’ time in quarantine.
 

NEW Proof of vaccination option for US residents:

As of July 14, 2021, certain eligible US travelers who met certain requirements were eligible to provide proof of vaccination instead of testing. This option to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination has been temporarily suspended effective August 1, 2021.


(iv) Purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance

This insurance is mandatory for all visitors (including children) 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.

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 (3 days) 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. Visitors are 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 border status:

Bonaire & Curacao - open since June 15, 2020  

Canada - open since July 1, 2020  

Europe - open since July 1, 2020  

All Caribbean countries (excluding the Dominican Republic and Haiti) - open since July 1, 2020 

United States of America - open since July 10, 2020. 

Dominican Republic and Haiti - open since December 1, 2020 

South America - (excluding Venezuela**) - open since December 1, 2020. Peru - reopened since March 18, 2021. Brazil reopened since June 7, 2021.

Central America - open since December 1, 2020 

South Africa - reopened since June 7, 2021 

India - reopened since June 7, 2021


**
Border with Venezuela has been closed prior to the pandemic. Residents of Venezuela seeking to travel to Aruba should check back frequently as updates will be shared here as soon as they are available. 

 

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 (12 and older as of August 25, 2021) 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 (12 and older as of August 25, 2021) must wear a mask in the airport in Aruba.

- wearing a mask is mandatory in any indoor public space. This includes, but is not limited to, retail shops, supermarkets, museums, casinos, etc. Note: Please also check with your respective hotel or accommodations for their specific mask wearing protocols.

- at any other establishment that requires a mask to be worn.

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 depending on the prevailing situation. 

As of September 2nd, 2021, until further notice:

  • Curfew no longer in effect

  • All establishments are required to close by 12:00 am at the latest. This is not applicable for establishments at hotel properties. Closing times per hotel may differ, please check with your hotel for more information.

  • Seating at restaurants is a maximum of six per table (excluding children under the age of 12), both indoor and outdoor. Tables must be at least 1.5 m apart.

  • Live music permitted with a maximum of five musicians. No dancing permitted.
  • An alcohol ban is temporarily in effect in certain public places in Aruba. Hotel guests can order alcoholic beverages on the beach as long as they stay on the hotel property, and can bring their beverages to their palapa or beach chair as long as they order from the hotel bar. Alcoholic beverages can still be enjoyed at beach bars or restaurants not affiliated with a hotel, as long as patrons stay within the grounds of the establishment.  It is currently prohibited to consume alcohol on any other beaches, parking lots, parks, or in any public place unless it is a licensed establishment.

  • There are restricted zones that are off-limits between the hours of 7:00 pm and 5:00 am. Restricted zones include all beaches and public parking lots.

  • No groups over six 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.

  • Social gatherings or parties allowed at private homes with a maximum of 90 persons and social distancing of 1.5m.

  • 50% capacity limitation at certain businesses (e.g. cinemas, supermarkets, stores/shops etc.).
  • All bars, rum shops, nightclubs and restaurants can serve at tables only.

    See also: Mandatory use of face masks

As of August 22nd, 2021, until September 1, 2021:

  • Curfew will be in effect from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am.

  • All establishments are currently required to close by 9:00 pm at the latest. This is not applicable for establishments at hotel properties. Closing times per hotel may differ, please check with your hotel for more information.

  • An alcohol ban is temporarily in effect in certain public places in Aruba. Hotel guests can order alcoholic beverages on the beach as long as they stay on the hotel property, and can bring their beverages to their palapa or beach chair as long as they order from the hotel bar. Alcoholic beverages can still be enjoyed at beach bars or restaurants not affiliated with a hotel, as long as patrons stay within the grounds of the establishment.  It is currently prohibited to consume alcohol on any other beaches, parking lots, parks, or in any public place unless it is a licensed establishment.

  • There are restricted zones that are off-limits between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. Restricted zones include all beaches and public parking lots.

  • 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.

  • No gatherings or parties are allowed at private homes.

  • Seating at restaurants is a maximum of four per table (excluding children under the age of 12), both indoor and outdoor. Tables must be at least 1.5 m apart.

  • 50% capacity limitation at certain businesses (e.g. cinemas, supermarkets, stores/shops etc.) and also at funerals, church functions.
  • All bars, rum shops, nightclubs and restaurants can serve at tables only.

    See also: Mandatory use of face masks

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

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