Is it Corona-Safe to travel to Aruba?
We are all affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We need to “reinvent” the way we live and travel. Although many details about how to travel post-coronavirus remain unclear, Aruba works relentlessly to be a “corona-safe” holiday destination.
On this page we keep you informed about the developments from April 24th 2020 onwards in regards to the corona virus on Aruba. This serves to keep you updated about the action taken by Aruba and Elements of Aruba to ensure a “corona-safe” holiday for you and your family.
Our sources are amongst other the local newspaper Amigoe, Facebook updates from Fresh Aruba, the Reina Beatrix International Airport, Prime-Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes and the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA).
We update this list at minimum bi-weekly.
January 20th, 2021:
The total number of active cases is still high and now stands at 523. The number of hospital cases has increased significantly in the past week. There are now 31 Covid patients in the hospital, of which 12 are in intensive care. Regular care can still be continued at this time.
KLM announced today that it wants to stop long-haul flights due to the obligation from the Netherlands that all passengers arriving in the Netherlands, including the airline’s personnel, must pass a mandatory PCR test and a rapid test up to 4 hours in advance and are not allowed to fly if the result is positive. . KLM does not want to risk leaving staff behind. It is not yet known whether this will happen or whether this will also apply to the Caribbean Netherlands.
As of this week, American tourists have come under the regulation that they must have a negative test result to fly back to the US.
January 12th, 2021:
The number of positive cases has increased further and is now 591, of which 29 are tourists. There are 21 Covid patients in the hospital, nine of them in intensive care.
It is expected that the vaccinations on Aruba will start in mid-February. The guidelines as applicable in the Netherlands will be followed. Freezers are currently on their way from the Netherlands and the necessary organizational preparations are being made. End of January, the Dutch RIVM will come to Aruba to check the conditions.
January 5th, 2021:
Because the number of positive corona infections has increased significantly, the measures have now been tightened again. Curfew is back in effect from 11 p.m. until 5:00 am (an exception has been made for New Years Eve (December 31 to January 1) when curfew did not start until 2:00 am to watch the fireworks). The catering industry must close at 10 p.m., except in the hotels. Live music or DJs are no longer allowed.
The number of active businesses is now 429, including 35 tourists. There are 13 Covid patients in the hospital, five of whom are in intensive care.
December 28th, 2020:
The number of positive infections has increased in recent days. Today the total number of active cases is 164, including 29 tourists. There are six Covid patients in the hospital, two of them in intensive care.
As of tomorrow, December 29, it is mandatory for all travelers to the Netherlands, including Dutch people, to be able to show a negative PCR test result when boarding, which has been taken no more than 72 hours before departure. This does not apply to travelers from Aruba.
December 16th, 2020:
As of today, “code orange” again applies to Aruba for travelers from the Netherlands / Europe. All unnecessary travel abroad from the Netherlands is strongly discouraged. This travel advice is not because of the situation elsewhere in the world / Aruba, but because of the “big problems” in the Netherlands.
The total number of active cases in Aruba yesterday stood at 122. Four Covid patients (all Aruban residents) are in hospital, one of which is in intensive care. In Aruba, the corona situation is currently considered under control.
December 8th, 2020:
The total number of active cases has declined cautiously and now stands at 112. There are 11 Covid patients in the hospital, one of which is in intensive care.
December 5th, 2020:
Due to the increase in the number of corona infections, the following (stricter) Covid measures apply from today:
Inside: up to eight people at one table
Outside: maximum 10 people at one table
No dancing, social distancing, face mask required
Rum shops / bars:
If no food is served these places will remain closed
Entertainment / live music:
Up to three musicians, both indoors and outdoors.
When people start dancing, the music has to be stopped
Shops / supermarkets:
Maximum one visitor per family / group.
Social detachment, face mask required, follow direction signs on the ground
Social meetings / family celebrations:
Inside: up to 30 people
Outside: up to 60 people
No dancing, social distancing, face mask required
May continue, but no audience / spectators
Unchanged. No access at night
Unchanged: maximum 4 people
Today the total number of active cases is 151. There are nine Covid patients in the hospital, two of them in intensive care.
November 30th, 2020:
The number of Covid positive infected people has fluctuated over the past week. Today there were 108 active cases, but a few days ago the number was higher. The number of Covid patients admitted to hospital has decreased. There are currently 5, one of which is in intensive care.
Starting tomorrow, Aruba’s airspace will reopen to flights from Bogota, Panama City and Santo Domingo. Tourists from Latin America (except Venezuela), Central America and all other Caribbean islands are welcome again on Aruba.
November 24th, 2020:
As of today, the following changes to the corona measures are in effect:
– family members can visit each other again at home without a personal limit, but with due observance of a mouth mask, wash hands and keep a distance;
– catering: inside a maximum of 14 people at the same table is permitted, outside a maximum of 20 people at the same table. All tables must be 1.5 meters apart. When you get up from the table for example to visit the toilet: put on a mouth mask. Closing time remains unchanged: 11 pm.
– live music: maximum 5 musicians inside, outside no limit. Musicians must ensure that there is no dancing.
The number of active cases is now 85. There are eight Covid patients in the hospital, three of which are in intensive care.
November 19th, 2020:
From today Aruba is CODE YELLOW for travellers from The Netherlands / Europe!
This means that when you return from a vacation in Aruba, the urgent advice of 10 days in quarantine no longer applies upon arrival in the Netherlands. And that the condition ‘only for necessary journeys’ has lapsed.
It also means that Aruba is considered ‘corona safe’ and we totally agree:
– it is quiet here and nowhere busy; so far there are few tourists
– Social distancing is no problem here
– everything is open (latest closing time 23:00)
– a lot is happening outside; the weather in Aruba always allows that
– inside you wear mouth caps; in restaurants only when you are moving to or from your table
– testing is well organized; You will receive the test result within 12 hours
– clear rules, which generally everyone adheres to
– as a tourist and in daily life you hardly suffer from restrictive measures.
We sincerely hope tourists from the Netherlands and Europe will come to Aruba again!
November 16th, 2020:
The number of active corona infections has decreased further last week. Today the number of active cases is 89. Currently there are 10 corona patients in the hospital, three of which are in intensive care.
The corona measures will remain in force for the time being, hoping that no additional or renewed measures will be required during the holidays. The second corona wave is considered under control.
Meanwhile, it is still very quiet with tourists on Aruba (17,2 percent occupation rate in octobre), but the tourists who come consider Aruba as a very corona-safe holiday destination. Tourist satisfaction currently scores 9.37, which is higher than before corona.
From November 1, 2020, the classification of U.S. “hot spot” states will no longer be in effect. As such, as part of the required online Embarkation/ Disembarkation card process, residents of all 50 states will now have the option to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Aruba as well as the option to provide a certified negative test result prior to travel to Aruba.
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. Those JetBlue passengers not choosing to test prior to travel, must take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Aruba.
From December 1th, Aruba will open its border to Latin American & Caribbean destinations, with the exception of Venezuela and including the Dominican Republic & Haiti.
November 9th, 2020:
The number of infections fluctuated in the past week and is no longer decreasing as it has been until now. The number of active cases is back to 176 today. Currently there are six Covid patients in the hospital, all in the Covid ward and none in the ICU.
November 1th, 2020:
The number of active cases is now 155. There are nine Covid patients in the hospital, four of which are in intensive care.
October 24th, 2020:
The curfew has been dropped since October 22 and has been replaced by an area ban for buildings (not valid for tourists). In some places it is illegal to be on the beach between midnight and 5 a.m. The closing time for businesses has remained unchanged: 11 p.m.
For the 2nd time the compulsory covid insurance for incoming tourists will be reduced to $ 30 per person per week.
Also this week, it was reported by the government that Aruba could soon be removed from the list of non-safe countries.
Today there are 188 active infections. 12 people are in hospital, 2 of which are in intensive care.
October 12th, 2020:
The number of active corona infections has now fallen to 375. Fortunately, the number of Covid patients admitted to hospital is also declining. There are currently a total of 14 Covid patients in the hospital, four of which are in intensive care. 32 Covid patients have died till now.
October 5th, 2020:
The downward trend in the number of active corona infections continues. Today, the number of positive people is 451. During a press conference, Prime Minister Evelyne Wever-Croes announced that from Wednesday, October 7, the closing time will be 11 pm and the curfew will then apply from midnight to 5 am.
September 24th, 2020:
The overview below was brought to the news in Aruba today. It looks like the corona curve is declining and hopefully it will stay 🙏
Today, 255 new tests have been carried out, of which 177 for residents. 35 new infections were detected, all local (20%). 163 people have recovered. That brings the total number of active infections to 1.067.
September 20th, 2020:
After a peak of 1.617 infections on September 17, the number of infections has been decreasing in recent days. Hopefully it stays that way. The total number of active infections now stands at 1.289. There are 43 patients in the hospital, nine of which are in intensive care. 23 people have died.
The number of infections among the incoming tourists is 6. This number remains limited so far. These persons are not allowed to stay in their holiday accommodation, but are quarantined in a separate Covid hotel.
Curfews have been extended since this weekend and are now from 10pm to 5am. Restaurants must close at 9pm.
During the weekend there is an extra strict check on the gathering ban (max. 4 people) at the beaches.
Prices for the compulsory additional Covid insurance for incoming tourists have since been reduced. For current information on this, please visit: https://www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com.
September 10th, 2020:
Many corona tests are still being conducted every day and the number of infections is increasing, especially among the local population. The total number of active infections now stands at 1.396. There are currently 45 patients in the hospital, 11 of which are in intensive care. Unfortunately 16 people have died.
The curfew has been extended and thus still applies, as have the other restrictive measures (see communication of 14 August).
August 28th, 2020:
Since last night, the curfew has been reset from midnight to 5am. The aim is avoiding pressure on hospital capacity, for example due to accidents in case of excessive alcohol consumption. You risk a fine of 1000 AWG for violating curfews.
The number of infections is still increasing. Yesterday the total number of positive cases was 1223. There are fewer new infections per day and the number of hospital admissions remains limited. The hospital capacity is sufficient for the time being.
August 22th, 2020:
The total number of active cases is now 1,043. There are 27 people in the hospital, four of whom are in intensive care. In the meantime, a total of 6 people have died who had tested positive for corona.
The average age of the infected persons has become higher, now 42 years. The test results show that the infected persons live with a Covid patient, the so-called second circle. DVG emphasizes that it is important that people who live in one house with an infected person adhere to the rules of mandatory quarantine.
Once a person is tested positive, those living with that person must automatically be placed in a mandatory seven-day quarantine. At the first suspicion of symptoms, these people should call their doctor to have a test administered.
The advice is:
Please stay inside as much as possible. Use a mouth mask if you do have to go outside, keep a distance of five feet and wash your hands regularly.
If you are sick, have to cough or sneeze: be sure to stay indoors.
August 14th, 2020:
The number of corona infections has increased last week. There are currently 776 infections, of which 16 are tourists. It is mainly people under the age of 45 who are infected.
They are all in quarantine. 4 patients were hospitalized last week. Unfortunately, one person who was hospitalized, died yesterday. So the total number of deaths is now 4. According to the government of Aruba, the person died of complications related to another serious illness and not only died of Covid, but is added to the list because he was diagnosed with the virus at the hospital.
The rules have been further tightened:
• All bars, rum shops and nightclubs are closed until further notice. Hotel bars or restaurant bars can only serve the tables. There must be no bar stools and you are not allowed to stand at the bar.
• Live music activities with a band or DJ are not allowed.
• Casinos are open with restrictions on social distance and disinfection. Face masks must be worn, as the protocol is for all indoor establishments.
• Parties are not allowed, not even in private homes.
• Face masks / face covers are mandatory in all indoor settings, as well as on buses and taxis. It is recommended to be worn outside if people cannot keep a good social distance.
• Groups of more than four people may not be formed unless the group consists of a family from the same household. This also applies to gatherings on the beach, which are enforced by the police.
• Beach weddings may still take place, but they must be small in scale (maximum 25 people), no live music, with proper social distance and hand cleaning.
• Visitors to retirement homes are no longer allowed.
• No indoor group sports; no contact sports of any kind (indoor or outdoor).
• Tables in restaurants may have a maximum of four seats (excluding children under 12). Tables must be at least 1.5 meters apart.
• Churches, funeral homes, gyms and all other organizations must strictly adhere to protocols as determined by the Department of Health. Singing in church is not allowed.
• Tours and sailing trips can continue, but it is recommended to wear face masks when people are not able to maintain a social distance.
Check www.aruba.com for all information and procedures when traveling to Aruba.
August 5th, 2020:
And then suddenly the situation changes ……
The day before yesterday it became known that local infections are detected of people who have not left the island. Contact research shows that the lack of discipline in nightlife is one of the main reasons. The government urges anyone who has been in a nightclub or other high-traffic location in the past two weeks, and does not feel well at the moment, to report for a test.
As of yesterday, Tuesday, August 4, 2020, new rules have been introduced:
– wear a face mask where it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 meters (supermarket, workshop, etc.);
– gathering of more than four people is not allowed;
– with exception for weddings on the beach, but 1.5 meters distance is mandatory
– indoor sports and contact sports both indoors and outdoors are prohibited; a stricter protocol applies to gyms;
– in restaurants, a maximum of four adults at a table (excluding children under 12) and tables must be 1.5 meters apart;
– no sitting or standing at a bar is allowed, no dancing; serving and / or eating at the bar is not allowed, only eating and drinking at a table; no chairs at the bar;
– no live music or DJ;
– casinos may remain open according to strict protocol;
– churches may remain open according to strict protocol;
– funerals can take place according to strict protocol, but with a maximum of 25 persons.
Today, the number of infections has increased to 56 (52 inhabitants and 4 tourists).
July 27th, 2020:
Currently, there are a total of 14 corona contamination cases in Aruba, of which 5 locals, who have come to Aruba from abroad, and 9 tourists, who have been tested here on arrival at the airport and have proved positive. Locals recover at home and are required to stay at home. Infected tourists are not allowed to stay in their holiday accommodation and are also quarantined in a separate location.
Today Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes posted this message on her Facebook page:
Aruba received an average of 10 thousand tourists since July 1st, 2020. A total of 9 tested positive for COVID-19 which means that 9.991 tourists tested negative and invested in our economy while enjoying the island. Aruba is heading in the right direction as long as everyone follows the rules and regulations set by the government, in order to avoid the virus from spreading out. Our community is well known for their discipline and friendliness and this is the key to Aruba’s success.
July 15th, 2020:
There are currently 4 corona positive cases in Aruba, only residents who have returned from abroad. They all stay at home to recover.
The border with the US opened last Friday. 24 states are designated as ‘hot zones’. If you come to Aruba from those states, it is mandatory before you board the plane to be in possession of a negative PCR test result, which was taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
If you are from the other US states, you can choose to have the PCR test done before departure or on arrival at Aruba airport.
All control procedures at the airport have been extensively checked and are currently progressing as expected. On arrival you have to take into account that it will take about an hour before you leave the airport entrance hall.
The website https://edcardaruba.aw, where you have to fill in and upload all information before leaving for Aruba, can get bogged down. The ATA (Aruba Tourism Authorty) is easily accessible to help with problems.
July 2th, 2020:
Unfortunately, Aruba is no longer corona-free. Three new corona infections were announced this week, all from outside the island. 1 patient is in the hospital, 2 patients are quarantined. No more people are quarantined.
Since 1 July, the border is opened for flights from Europe, Canada and the Caribbean with the exception of Haiti and Santo Domingo. The border with de US is still scheduled to open from July 10. The Prime Minister announced this week that the corona situation in the US is closely monitored and is under continuous evaluation. Among other things, they look at ‘hot zones’ such as Florida. No flights may be permitted from these regions.
Before July 10, it will be announced how the opening of the border with America will take place. Until then, the rules apply as explained on this website: https://www.aruba.com/us/safe-travels-to-aruba
June 27th, 2020:
All sports are allowed again, including contact sports and competitions, and the casinos are allowed to open again. The closing time of all facilities is and will remain at 11 pm for the time being.
June 26th, 2020:
The website has been launched, where all info has to be uploaded if you want to travel to Aruba: https://edcardaruba.aw
June 25th, 2020:
Information about the compulsory Covid insurance for all incoming tourists can be found at https://www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com. On this website, there is also a calculator, where you can calculate the cost of the insurance for a stay.
June 22th, 2020:
The Minister of Tourism has announced that the Covid insurance provided by Aruba is mandatory for all tourists, including those who already have their own insurance. This mandatory insurance is required because travel insurance other than insurance provided by the Aruban government does not cover the cost of isolation or quarantine in a Covid hotel in case of Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result.
The Aruban Covid insurance is mandatory during 2 months, from 1 July to 1 September. The insurance will then be evaluated whether changes are necessary or the insurance is no longer needed.
The indicative price of US $ 15 per person per day is likely to remain, but confirmation is still pending. The Cabinet is also investigating whether a lower daily rate can be charged for stays longer than seven days.
Children under 14 do not need to take out insurance, but a one-time administration fee of US $ 10 per child per stay will be charged.
More information about the Covid insurance will follow tomorrow.
June 21th, 2020:
More repatriation flights are arriving at Aruba Airport, leaving 224 people in quarantine. Airspace was opened on June 15 for flights from the ABC islands.
91 tests were performed in the past 2 weeks, all negative. Aruba is still corona-free.
June 10th, 2020:
The Aruba government announced that borders will open in stages. On June 15 the island will open for the ABC islands only, meaning Bonaire and Curaçao. Starting on July 1st the borders will open for Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean (with the exception of Haiti and the Dominican Republic). On July 10th the borders will open for the United States. The borders will remain closed for South America and Central America until further notice.
For any tourists entering they must upload the result of a Covid test taken three days or less prior to travel date, use a mask on the airplane, and have health insurance that will cover them in case they get the virus in Aruba. In addition, tourists must complete a immigration form and a health certificate 72 hours before departure.
Aruba will be able to provide that insurance for people for $15.00 per day if needed. If a person does not provide a test before flying or cannot provide documentation that they are Covid free as they enter the airport they will be tested at the airport. They must go to their hotel or holiday accommodation where they will stay until the results of the test are obtained.
Upon arrival at the airport there will be thermal cameras taking temperatures and if a person has a high temperature they will be tested for the virus again, regardless of the documentation they provided. If they are positive for the virus they will go to a special Covid hotel for quarantine. If a person needs to get a Covid test upon arrival it will be $75 at their individual expense.
June 9th, 2020:
The corona virus is well under control. There have been no new infections for more than 30 days. There are 77 people in quarantine, including a large group who returned with KLM last Saturday. People came out of quarantine, who came back from Colombia two weeks ago. KLM will now come to Aruba once a week. Anyone returning is instructed to quarantine.
From next Wednesday, the elderly can be visited in the homes for the elderly again. No elderly people in these homes have died of corona.
Indoor sports are allowed again, conferences and gatherings are allowed again, bars and night clubs are open and party centers are allowed. All with strict protocols and enforcement of the rules and opening hours.
Not yet allowed (open) is: casinos, contact sports and public events.
May 29th, 2020:
Elements of Aruba has received the “Aruba Health & Happiness Code”. We have taken all necessary measures to ensure that we receive our guests corona-safe.
May 28th, 2020:
As of today, there are no more corona patients in Aruba! Only the general measures still apply:
> keep 6ft. distance, avoid busy places
> wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently
> stay at home in case of the following symptoms : fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, shortness of breath, sore muscles, and contact the DVG (Public Health Service) for further instruction.
May 27th, 2020:
Today 18 people were tested again, but no new infections were added. There are still 158 people in quarantine. Two people have recovered, bringing the number of active cases to one. This patient is still in intensive care.
May 25th, 2020:
As of today, the curfew has been adjusted: now it is from midnight to 5 am. Businesses must close at 10 pm. The curfew will be lifted as of Thursday.
May 24th, 2020:
There are still 3 active corona patients, 1 of whom is still in IC. 32 people are quarantined. In the coming week, restaurants will be reopen again (only the terrace not inside!), gyms, hairdressers, creches and all government departments.
There are more and more indications that the corona virus spreads worse outside than inside, especially with the sun and wind on Aruba.
The Tourism Minister stated last week that tourists visiting Aruba as soon as travel is allowed again worldwide are not required to go into quarantine for 14 days. Travelers want to relax and enjoy their vacation in Aruba, and imposing a quarantine rule is ineffective, said the Minister. He also noted that it’s best not to open the borders at all if mandatory quarantine is enforced on travelers.
According to the Tourism Minister, several protocols and guidelines are in place at the airport to prevent importation and transmission of the virus. These protocols and guidelines include temperature checks, screenings, onsite medical professionals, markers for social distance, protective shields, and all staff received mandatory personal protective equipment training.
No mandatory quarantine rule for travelers remains under review until further notice.
May 22th, 2020:
As of today, the curfew is valid between 11 pm and 5 am. The number of active corona patients is currently 3 and 63 people are quarantined.
May 18th, 2020:
Aruba reports 5 active cases. Starting today:
– ‘shelter in place’ is no longer needed
– public gatherings are no longer prohibited
– there is no cap on the amount of customers in businesses anymore
– schools and religious buildings are allowed to reopen
– construction projects are allowed to restart
– individuals are allowed to practice sports outside again, except for contact sports and matches
– shopping malls and cinemas are allowed to reopen
The curfew from 10pm to 5am will be maintained for the time being.
This means that amongst others we are allowed to relax on the beach again but with keeping a distance of 1.5-2 meters apart.
May 13th, 2020:
The government reports 25 coronavirus tests have been conducted with no new infections. There are 7 active cases and 54 quarantaineed.
May 8th, 2020:
The Aruban government announces to completely re-open the domestic economy on June 15th, 2020. At the prerequisite that Aruba is corona-free and no new infections are reported, the government intends to tentatively open its borders between June 15th and July 1st, 2020 for 2,000 tourists on a weekly basis. Aruba reports 9 active cases and 3 deaths in total.
May 5th, 2020:
Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) announces it is working on an “Hygiene certification” for the Aruban tourism sector with the aim to market Aruba as soon as possible as a corona-safe holiday destination. They expect the airspace to reopen in June 2020.
May 4th, 2020:
Non-essential businesses (e.g. musea, food stalls, clothing stores, construction companies) that voluntarily closed during the coronavirus pandemic reopen with social distancing, hygiene measures and a maximum of 15 customers in-store.
April 30th, 2020 :
No new infections are reported. In total, Aruba has 19 active cases, 27 individuals quarantaineed, and 2 deaths.
April 28th, 2020:
The curfew is relaxed and applies from now from 10pm to 5am. ‘Shelter in place’ and public gatherings with 3 or more individuals remain in place.
April 24th, 2020:
The Reina Beatrix International Airport of Aruba announces that it will reopen from June 15th.