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Aruba Entry Requirements

03.16.2020

Over the past week we have learned that a few COVID-19 hot spots developed and have resulted in local spread and a total of 600 cases, representing .0058% of our population. The increase in cases is within our local population. The cluster formed around a nightclub and surrounding bar among our young residents. Thankfully all are in good health and none are hospitalized.  The government and locals responsed quickly by implementing the usage of masks and contact tracing.  We are seeing a significant reduction in new positives cases. The cases among tourists has remained low and the total number for 'visitors' which includes tourists but also returning students to Aruba who are residents but their status needs updating is 16.  Tourist cases are 3 as we understand of the 16.  The government has confirmed that all COVID-19 positive persons are isolated and contact tracing underway with testing conducted for anyone exposed.  

At Boardwalk non of the staff has tested positive and we remain focused on continuing according to the strict procedures and protocols as per Boardwalk's Health & Safety Plan. 

Our government has put out the following statement in response to the outbreak: 

“While potential COVID-19 cases may continue to develop over the coming weeks, Aruba has put into place advanced public health procedures to reduce the risk of transmission on the island. Aruba has taken an aggressive approach to identifying and managing potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19. The island continues to follow rigorous testing protocols from the World Health Organization and cases among tourists remain extremely low. In addition, the local authorities including the Department of Public Health are working closely with businesses to take careful, deliberate steps to protect their employees and patrons.
As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to reiterate our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment on our One happy island. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work together to protect the health of Aruba's residents and the travelers.”

Below you find the information which is available at this moment in time. We will continue to update this page as further details become available. 

For our Hotel's Health & Safety Plan we invite you to click here. 

For Government protocols we invite you to visit the Aruba's website on the Aruba.com.

To learn which Testing Facility is available nearby your geographic location we invite you to click here

 

As a country that is heavily reliant on tourism, Aruba is continually assessing a variety of risks and protections to ensure our safeguards and protocols meet the highest standard. 

To increase safety measure for the health and wellbeing of travelers and our locals, visitors from the United States residing in:

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

will still be able to travel to Aruba. However, as of July 10th, travelers residing in the states listed above must take a PCR test and upload their test results as part of the online Embarkation/Disembarkation process prior to departure. Travelers can get tested within the 72-hour period prior to their direct departure flight time to Aruba, and they must upload the results to the online Embarkation/Disembarkation process at least 12-hours prior to their direct departure flight time to Aruba. Travelers residing in the states listed above states will not be able to upload results after that point, meaning that they cannot travel to Aruba without a valid negative PCR test. Travelers residing in states listed above will not have the option to be tested upon arrival at the airport in Aruba. 

All other United States visitors that reside in states not listed above still have the option of taking a PCR test at their own expense upon arrival at the airport in Aruba, or can upload the PCR test in the 72-hour window.

Aruba recognizes this causes an extra step for those wanting to travel, and also know not everyone will be able to have access to this test in their state. These are necessary safeguards designed to keep Aruba safe and free of health risks. 

Entry Requirements Prior to Boarding

  • Online ED (Embarkation - Disembarkation card) is mandatory. This is the link to the card: https://edcardaruba.aw/ It is important to use CHROME browser (even when using a MAC) AND be sure your attachment is less than 3 MB in order for the upload to be successful.
    • Online ED card includes:
      • Self Health Declaration questions
      • Mandatory insurance required by the Aruban government to cover overall costs of quarantine/isolation accommodation and medical care when required. The cost starts at $15 p/day, decreases to $10 p/day after 7 days, $5 p/day after 14 days. Children under the age of 14 do not require the insurance but a flat $10 is administered. Please visit the www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com for the latest updated information.
  • Covid test options:
    • Option 1: (Recommended) Upload negative COVID19 PCR test results taken within 72 hours of travel onto the ED website as per above when link becomes available - June 25th.
    • Option 2 (check here for eligibility) : Submit on-line payment via ED card link of $75 per person to the Aruban Government for rapid testing upon arrival on Aruba. (Testing prior to travel is encouraged). Tests are required for 12 years of age and older. (Upload link for ED card will appear here as soon as we have it, shortly)
    • Option 3: Testing prior to travel and a PCR test at the airport in Aruba
      Alternatively, especially for the listed states that do not qualify for Option 2, there is the option to perform two tests. One accessible test prior to travel, and one accurate test upon arrival.
      The costs for the tests will be the responsibility of the traveler and $75 must be paid for in advance as part of the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process.
      • Pre-upload negative test results for one of the following accessible tests to the ED Card online platform prior to arrival:
        Antigen (QL IA, FIA), PCR Home kit, or any other type of test
      • In this case, it will be required 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.
      • For details on the procedures for guests showing a positive COVID-19 test result while in Aruba, please reference the “Regulations when showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 while in Aruba” section below.
    • Timing: At 72 hours prior to departure to Aruba (last leg in case of connecting flights), visitors can take action to get one of the listed accessible test. Note: The latest the testing/swab results can be uploaded is 12 hours prior to departure to Aruba. Payment for the PCR testing in Aruba must be completed within 72 hours and 12 hours prior to travel to Aruba.

  • Testing prior to arrival can be done with your physician or at locations such as:  CVS locationsWalgreens and is covered by some insurance plans
  • Masks required during flight, during disembarkation and until leaving the airport.

Port of Entry Aruba Airport:

  • 100% Thermal camera screening and symptom screening (questions by immigration personnel)
  • PCR rapid test mandatory for anyone who did not already upload the negative test via the ED card link mentioned above. Tests are required for 12 years of age and older. About the PCR Rapid test upon arrival:
    • What it does: Doctors use this PCR test to diagnose people who are currently sick with COVID-19. 
    • How it works: This test uses a sample of mucus typically taken from a person's nose or throat. It looks for the genetic material of the coronavirus. The test uses a technology called PCR(polymerase chain reaction), which greatly amplifies the viral genetic material if it is present. That material is detectable when a person is actively infected. 
      • Visitors (with no symptoms) await result of test from 6 to 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel depending on the speed of the results.
      • Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be sent to designated a separate hotel designed to receive care and monitoring.  If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized.

Positive test results from 6 - 24 hours at hotel:

If you have tested at the airport and your test is positive:

  • You will need to check out of your hotel and go to a hotel designated for COVID positive patients for care and monitoring.
  • Travel Companions, having been exposed will also be required to go to a COVID hotel to quarantine and we await more information about this.
  • Both will need to test negative prior to returned by airplane, home.

Local Residents:

  • Local residents must test at the airport or prior to arrival and quarantine until test results are in.  A positive test will result in quarantine and monitoring.
  • Government does not encourage travel to affected countries.

Relaxed cancellation policy:

  • We are aware these are uncertain times, so when you make a hotel reservation, we offer a flexible policy: No more cancellation penalty for arrivals up to December 20, 2021.  You may cancel without penalty up to 24 hours prior to your date of arrival. We truly hope you will keep or re-schedule your reservation or book your next stay knowing you are free of penalties to cancel when doing so.

Health and Happiness Code:

  • The Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A) and the Department of Public Health announced the 'Aruba Health & Happiness Code', a stringent cleaning and hygiene certification program that will be mandatory for all tourism related businesses across the country. 
  • We are happy to announce that Boardwalk Boutique Hotel acquired the Golden Health & Happiness Seal. This means that we are certified by Aruba! 

Coronavirus cases update:

The most updated information on how many cases are active on Aruba, the Aruban government set up a dedicated site and while it is in Papiamento, you can see the grid updated each and look for "Activo" line.  The Activo line shows the number of active cases, the other data is historical. Click here: https://www.arubacovid19.org/   

Health and Safety Measures:

Our extensive health & safety plan can be found HERE.  

We hope to welcome you soon again!

Entry Requirements

Aruba's border is open

Aruba is open for international visitors from Europe, USA, Canada.

More information on Aruba's Entry Requirements & a tool to search information on possible testing spots near your geographic location can be found on our Blog Post.
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Health & Safety

Boardwalk Boutique Hotel’s new standard operating procedures focus on the health & safety of our guests and team members, it is our top priority.

We want to share an overview of the main steps we have taken to guarantee a safe stay with us.