Aruba Entry Requirements
As per 7th of July 2020, there are currently 4 active COVID cases on our One Happy Island. Our government, tourism & airport authority, in conjunction with the hotel and industry associations have worked out a solid plan for the safe return of visitors to our island.
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.
Aruba Border Opening as announced by Government of Aruba:
- Border will open gradually.
- June 15: Bonaire and Curaçao.
- July 1: Europe, Canada, Caribbean (except Dominican Republic and Haiti).
- July 10: USA
- No opening date yet for Central and South America.
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) card is mandatory.
- Online ED card includes:
- Self Health Declaration questions
- Mandatory "Aruba Visitor Insurance" required by the Aruban government in case you test positive for COVID-19 during your stay in Aruba. Insurance covers costs of isolation and or quarantine accommodation (with max of days), medical costs, testing (except testing at airport) up to a maximum of 75.000,-USD. Coverage depends on the length of your stay and starts at $15 p/day, decreases to $10 p/day after 7 days, $5 p/day after 14 days and $0 p/day after 49 days. Children under the age of 14 do not require the insurance but a flat $10 is administered. Details of the "Aruba Visitor Insurance" can be found on www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com.
- Covid Test
- Option #1: (Recommended) Upload negative COVID19 PCR test result of test taken within 72 hours of travel onto the ED card website. Testing prior to arrival can be done with your physician or at locations such as: CVS locations, Walgreens and is covered by some insurance plans
- Option #2: Submit on-line payment via ED card website of $75 per person to the Aruban Government for rapid testing upon arrival on Aruba. Tests are required for 15 years of age and older. Testing prior to travel is mandatory for visitors coming from certain USA states** and can not be done in Aruba. ( ** see information on these USA states above )
- Online ED card includes:
- Masks required during flight.
Full overview & updated details on Aruba's entry requirements can be found on Aruba's official website: www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements.
Port of Entry Aruba Airport:
- 100% Thermal camera screening and symptom screening.
- PCR rapid test mandatory for all that did not upload the negative test via ED card. Tests are required for 15 years of age and older.
- What it does: Doctors use this 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 in quarantine at their hotel. The mandatory quarantine while test results are assessed will be up to 24 hours. The health department will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize the visitors’ time in quarantine.
- Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be sent to designated isolation property. If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized.
Positive test results after 24 hours at hotel:
- Check out of hotel and isolated in designated property.
- Travel Companions are quarantined in designated property.
- Residents are also required to take test prior to entry or at arrival.
- 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 colorful Health & Happiness pre-check code. This means that we have passed the pre-check phase and are ready to be certified!
Coronavirus cases update:
As per 7th of July 2020 we have 4 active Corona cases in Aruba.
Health and Safety Measures:
Our extensive health & safety plan can be found HERE.
We hope to welcome you soon again!