Aruba is open to the United States as of July 10, 2020, and other countries such as Curacao, Bonaire, Caribbean (except Dominican Republic & Haiti), and Europe.
Travelers are required to follow the steps advised by the local tourism authorities when visiting Aruba, including:
- Fill in online ED-card
- Purchase Aruba COVID Insurance
- Download DVG Health App (advised)
The DVG Health App
The DVG Quarantine App is a medical quarantine health check application developed by the Department of Public Health of Aruba.
It’s created for visitors to make their upcoming visit safe and pleasant.
The app is available in 3 languages and helps you unlock:
- register and add travel info to speed up the process at the airport
- Low touch travel experience, giving you piece of mind
- Get your COVID-19 test results quicker and conveniently
- Know who to call and where to go, incase you start showing symptoms
- Keep track of business who have Health & Happiness certificates
Welcome Back To Aruba Video
Aruba is opening again for visitors, and tourism will slowly start to recuperate.
How much tourism will Aruba get in the beginning?
This weekend, (July 10-12, 2020) a total of 40 airplanes and over 4000 visitors are expected.
Friday July 10, 2020
- Europe – 1 Flight
- United States – 5 Flights
- Dutch Caribbean – 7 Flights
Saturday July 11, 2020
- Europe – 2 Flight
- United States – 10 Flights
- Dutch Caribbean – 2 Flights
Sunday July 12, 2020
- Europe – 1 Flight
- United States – 7 Flights
- Dutch Caribbean – 5 Flights
Here’s a video made by our local figures welcoming you back to Aruba, and explaining everything you should know before you visit Aruba.
Stricter Entry Requirements For Coronavirus Hotspots
Due to the recent surging coronavirus cases in the United States, Aruba has implemented stricter entry regulations for visitors flying out of coronavirus hotspots.
Here are 24 states that are on Aruba’s hotspot list.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
What does this mean for you, if you reside in one of these states?
Travelers from the above 24 states don’t have the option anymore to perform a coronavirus test at the airport in Aruba, but are required to upload a negative coronavirus test result 12-72 hours before boarding the airplane.
Visitors who are flying in from states that are not mentioned in the hotspot list have the option to upload a negative test result 12-72 hours or perform a rapid PCR test once in Aruba at their own expense ($75).
Aruba Receives Safe Travels Stamp by WTTC
Aruba was rewarded a special safe travel stamp by the World Travel & Tourism Council.
The specially designed stamp allows travelers to recognize governments, companies, and countries around the world that have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols, such as Aruba’s “Health & Happiness Code”
Over 1200 companies, including a list of major tourism groups, and over 80 destinations, have received the safe travel stamp, ensuring the safety and hygiene of travelers are the top priority to recover the travel & tourism sector.
Aruba is one of the only two islands in the Caribbean with a safe travels stamp by WTTC.
Rodgers Beach Pier Almost Complete
It’s almost official, the pier at Rodgers beach is nearly complete.
Rodgers beach pier is part of the beach beautification project in San Nicolas announced in 2019 by the Tourism Minister.
The size of the new pier is 29 square meters, including a large platform next to it that can be used to jump in the water or for sunbathers.
The beautification project is set to continue with an infrastructure upgrade at Baby & Rodgers beach, including new beach huts, additional parking spaces, new courts for sports (volleyball, soccer, and tennis), restaurants, bars, and bathrooms.
Here’s a view of the pier at Rodgers beach back in the old days of Aruba…
Here’s how the pier is looking at the moment in the middle of construction….
Construction works are going to be completed within the next month.
As tourism recuperates due to coronavirus, more tourists will be geared toward this side of the island, because of the renovation and upgrading of Baby beach, Rodgers beach, and the addition of a new hotel in the near future.
Denny’s Restaurant Closed in Aruba
The impact of coronavirus has led to the closing of Denny’s restaurant in Aruba.
Due to the lack of clarity of the future of restaurants at the start of coronavirus in Aruba, the company’s outlook was dark. Even the possibility of operating the restaurant with take out and delivery was not possible, in these coronavirus circumstances.
All staff members had to sign termination agreements with Denny’s management.
Denny’s has closed several restaurants around the world, including 15 spots in New York.
Besides the closing of Denny’s restaurant, Taste of Belgium also shutdown a few weeks ago.
Possible Changes in Aruba’s Carnival 2021
The schedule for Aruba’s Carnival in 2021 might be different.
Usually celebrated in January & February, one of the biggest cultural celebrations on the island might be held in the summer.
SMAC (stitching maneho di Aruba su Carnaval), the foundation for the management of Aruba’s carnival proposed for the parades to be rescheduled in July, instead of the beginning of the year, due to uncertain situation of coronavirus.
Although this news was mentioned by SMAC, it’s not an official decision as of yet, according to the president of SMAC.
Depending on the coronavirus situation, Aruba’s carnival will go back to normal scheduling in 2022.
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