latest news in Aruba

Government Ease Corona Measures Further

The Government announced that the measures against coronavirus will be lifted as of July 5, 2021. 

According to the Prime Minister, the decision to lift the measures is justified due to the following developments on the island, including:

  • Rate of vaccination among the population is high at 69%.
  • Mass vaccination programs are set to continue to vaccinate 85% of the population. 
  • The amount of new cases are low, average 3 per day (not higher than 30 active cases in a month)

Lifting the current measures means the island will practically return to normal life and business as usual.

Closing times were set at 11:00 pm, now establishments can close according to the stipulated hour on their business permit.

Restaurants are allowed to increase their guest capacity to normal operation as before the pandemic. 

Nightclubs can operate as normal again.

Social distance will no longer be required.

Local entertainers are allowed to play live music and dancing is allowed. 

The consumption of alcohol in public space is also lifted as of July 5, 2021. 

Establishments have the right to require face masks to enter or not.

Although the measures will no longer be in effect, the Government still advises the use of face masks in crowded spaces.

Aruba Tourism Authority will soon announce easing of measures for fully vaccinated tourists. According to the CEO of the tourism board, until the new measures are announced, all visitors must meet the requirements to visit Aruba. 

Including the most important:

  • Negative PCR test result 72 hours before arrival.
  • Have Aruba Health Insurance.
  • Registered on Aruba Health App.

Tourism is recuperating faster than expected in Aruba, because of you. 

Thank you to all the travelers who are making the choice to visit the One Happy Island.

Beaches are shining like diamonds…

TUI UK Cancels More Destinations

The major airline TUI UK cancels flights to a list of destinations until July 21, 2021 due to travel uncertainty caused by coronavirus regulations. 

Aruba is also on the list of destinations cancelled by UK’s TUI. 

Here’s a list of destination that are also on the list:

  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

The airline also included to the list the following countries: Maldives, Indonesia, Thailand, Dubai Seychelles and Sri Lanka. 

According to the latest updates by TUI – “We want to offer our customers the flexibility and choice to travel during the summer, so where borders are open and where UK’s Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office advice allows travel, we will operate to those destinations as planned”.

The airline also announced that they are continually reviewing their holiday flight program and cancelations in line with the Government updates every 3 weeks, with the next update expected on July 15, 2021. 

Hurricane Hunters Use Aruba for Hurricane Research

A team of pilots and researchers from the Hurricane Hunter are in Aruba during this weekend to help local meteorologists monitor upcoming tropical storms. 

The hurricane hunters are using Aruba as a hub to monitor and forecast developing tropical storms during this hurricane season, including the new hurricane named Elsa.

Hurricane Hunter’s are using one of their Lockheed Martin WC-130J aircrafts on the island. These aircrafts are especially designed for hurricane research and reconnaissance.

This special aircraft routinely flies into the eye of storms to track the position and intensity of the hurricane.

Caribbean islands, including Aruba and the US mainland depend on each other in a mutually supporting way, by sharing data to more accurately predict the track and intensity of approaching tropical cyclones. 

The combined efforts of Aruba and the US allows weather officials to issue a warning as appropriate, when required. 

Hurricane Hunters will depart from Aruba to their home base in Miami on July 4, 2021.

Fisherman’s Hut Restaurant Opens in Palm Beach

One of the best seafood eateries in Aruba known as The Old Fisherman’s opens a second restaurant located at Playa Linda Beach Resort.

This new restaurant is named Fisherman’s Hut. 

It’s an open air restaurant with a casual ambience.

The same owners.

Same delicious seafood. 

The staff at Fisherman’s Hut are ready to serve you their finest seafood plates with fish, lobster and shrimp, with funchi, pan bati and kerrie kerrie.

Local personalities are known to be featured on this restaurant menu. 

Fisherman’s Hut’s list of seafood dishes includes two of my friends, Kit Wong and Sergio Rasmijn, who are both local fishermen. 

The “Kit Wong” dish includes a skewer of tenderloin, chicken & shrimp served with mango or creole sauce. And the “Sergio Rasmijn” is a dish featuring jumbo shrimp served grilled or breaded with your choice of creamy garlic or creole sauce. 

There are several other dishes on the menu, including avocado shrimp, salad, ceviche, catch of the day, seafood paella, conch, calamari and mussels. Meat dishes are also available. 

Fisherman’s Hut is open everyday from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

The Day After Tomorrow Beach Party at Moomba

Moomba Beach has an inaugural beach party on July 9, 2021, after the pandemic shut down the nightlife on the island.

It didn’t take too much time for one of the best beach bars on the island to celebrate the Government’s announcement that bars are allowed to resume business as usual.

Moomba released the invitation with a Facebook post asking, where will you be the day after tomorrow?

Referring to the movie “The Day After Tomorrow”. Symbolizing the day after doomsday, when the virus measures have been lifted for bars and nightclubs in Aruba.

The party will be held July 9, 2021 at Moomba beach starting at 7:00 pm.

Entrance is free.

Live entertainment by C-Zar Olarte, DJ’s (Diablo & Green). 

Moomba bar has a special on beer buckets (Heineken, Amstel Bright & Amstel Ultra). If you buy a bucket of Amstel Ultra, you get one extra beer for free.

Return of “The Strongest Man of Aruba” Event

Aruba’s annual strongman competition will take place this year. 

It’s been officially dubbed as “The Strongest Man of Aruba” and this year is the 5th anniversary. 

Challenging not only physical strength, but also mental energy, this competition is designed to push the strongmen to their absolute limits. 

Different exercises will shake and tremble muscles, including but not limited to lifting beer kegs, boulders, large tires, pulling trucks, and much more to determine who really is the strongest man in Aruba.

Expect live entertainment, DJ’s, specials on beer buckets at the bar and delicious food. 

Winner of the event will take home $2300, trophies and medals.

The strongest man of Aruba will take place during October 8 – 10, 2021 at Surfside beach bar.

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