latest news in Aruba

Self Test Kits Now Available at “Botica di Servicio” in Aruba

The local pharmacy brand “Botica di Servicio” now offers self test kits to the public.

Aruba’s Department of Public Health approved self test kits after the demand for alternative test solutions by the private and commercial sector.

Self test kits are perfect for locals and visitors to test for coronavirus at home, if they have mild symptoms or light symptoms.

The test kits are not a substitute for the current policy of the Department of Public Health, but another method to help aid the primary strategy to test suspicious corona cases on the island.

An important factor to consider when using self test kits – the result of the test kits are not the official diagnosis, unless verified at an accredited lab – if you are using it to test before flying.

The 4 brands of self test kits available on the island are:

  • Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device
  • Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test
  • SARS CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test
  • Standard Q COVID-19 Test

These four self test kit brands are only available to locals. 

Visitors are able to purchase the BinaxNOW Covid19 AG Card Home Test.


Canadians Can Fly To Aruba Again After Suspended Air Travel

The Canadian Government eased its travel restrictions and the airlines have resumed service to Queen Beatrix Airport. 

After a long awaited trip to the Caribbean because of the pandemic, Canadian’s have options to travel to Aruba as thousands of seats open during the fall and winter season.

Sunwing resumed their flights from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Queen Beatrix International Airport as of September 20, 2021.

They offer weekly Monday flights.

Air Canada also resumed flights to Aruba:

  • Sundays as of October 3, 2021
  • Thursday & Sundays as of November 2021
  • Monday, Thursday and Sunday as of December 2021
  • Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday in January 2022

West Jet will restart its own flights to Aruba – Tuesday and Saturday – as of November 6, 2021. And increasing operations in January 2022 to four times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday).

The new flights by all three airlines combined add over 55.000 seats to the island.

So Canadians are welcome in Aruba after months of suspended air travel. 

Aruba is the perfect island to escape the cold weather that is coming up in Canada.

Splash Park in Aruba Permanently Closed

The popular aquatic water splash park in surfside beach is now permanently closed. 

Due to the effects of the pandemic, the performance of the splash park was very low and the owners could not keep its doors open. 

The splash park was an unique attraction in Aruba that featured inflatable bounce houses on the water. 

It had different bounce houses such as: tower climbers, giant slides, bouncers, high rollers, air launchers, swings and monkey bars. 

The pandemic was a hard hit for small businesses around the globe, including the splash park. 

All bounce houses of the splash park have been dismantled and the beach is clear for normal swimming again. 

Fun times in the sun!

Traffic Update at Intersection in Palm Beach

The department of public works (DOW) announced that a roundabout will be constructed at the intersection between McDonald’s & Wendy’s as of 2022. 

Due to the traffic lights not working at this intersection, it presents a safety challenge for both drivers and pedestrians. 

According to the Director of DOW, temporary speed bumps will be constructed at the intersection to regulate traffic until roundabout construction work starts.

The speed bumps will be added to slow down traffic towards the Palm Beach intersection for drivers coming from Superfood. 

Construction of speed bumps will take place during October 11 – 12, 2021. Read road signs for driving directions. 

If you are driving from Superfood towards the hotel area, you will reach the intersection – remember to slow down for the speed bumps.

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Intersection at Palm Beach between Wendy’s & Mc Donald’s.

Glitz Casino $5.000 Cash Giveaway

You can now win $5.000 at Glitz Casino in Aruba.

How to join the cash give away?

Sign up for the casino’s Glamour Club Card. 

Only glamour club members are eligible to participate for the cash prize. You have to be 18 years or older and have a valid I.D to register for the glamour club card.

Registered club members can earn entries between October 1 – 30, 2021. Double entries are awarded every Tuesday & Thursday.

You earn one golden ticket for every 25 slot points.

Four lucky winners will be chosen – on Fridays in October from 6.00pm – 10:00pm – every hour for a chance to win a small cash prize or become a $5.000 qualifier.

The lucky winner of the major cash prize will be selected on October 30, 2021. 

Glitz Casino is located at La Cabana Beach Resort.

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