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Mandatory Testing For Travelers 12 Years & Older To Enter Aruba

As of August 25, 2021 all travelers 12 years and older traveling from high risk countries are required to take corona test to enter Aruba.

The change was announced by the Crisis Team in Aruba that helps manage the pandemic.

Here’s a list of high risk countries, according to Aruba:

  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Bahamas
  4. Belgium
  5. Botswana
  6. Bonaire
  7. Brazil
  8. Colombia
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Cuba
  11. Curacao
  12. Cyprus
  13. Denmark
  14. Fiji
  15. France
  16. Georgia
  17. Greece
  18. Guatemala
  19. Honduras
  20. Ireland
  21. Iceland
  22. Indonesia
  23. Iraq
  24. Iran
  25. Israel
  26. Kazakhstan
  27. Kyrgyzstan
  28. Kuwait
  29. Libia
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Maldives
  32. Malasia
  33. Malta
  34. Monaco
  35. Mongolia
  36. Namibia
  37. Netherlands
  38. Oman
  39. Panama
  40. Portugal
  41. Russia
  42. Seychelles
  43. Spain
  44. Suriname
  45. Eswatini
  46. Thailand
  47. Trinidad & Tobago
  48. Tunisia
  49. Turkey
  50. United Kingdom
  51. America
  52. Zimbabwe
  53. South Africa
  54. United Arab Emirates

If you are departing from one of the above mentioned countries to visit Aruba, you are required to perform a corona test 72 hours before arriving on the island – or pay $75 to test at the airport.

Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Aruba, if visiting the island from none high risk country (which is not mentioned in the list of countries above).


Aruba Continues With 3rd Vaccination Event

The government of Aruba and the public health department organized a third vaccination marathon event, in an effort to vaccinate locals of Aruba that are not vaccinated as of yet.

The event took place on August 22, 2021 inside of the Ritz Carlton ballroom in Palm Beach.

It was one of the most successful vaccination events as 2195 locals were vaccinated.

Locals who received their first jab on this day, need to return on September 12, 2021 to get the second dose.

Vaccination events in Aruba are part of the Government’s vision to vaccinate 85% of the island population in order to reach herd immunity and help Aruba recover from the coronavirus crisis.

According to the public health department, Aruba’s percentage of vaccinated locals is at 71,5%.

The vaccination programs in Aruba is not intended for tourist and visitors, only for locals.

New Measures in Aruba To Protect Against Delta Virus

The Prime Minister of Aruba announced new measures to protect against the new delta virus.

Here are the new measures as of August 22 – 1 September, 2021:

  • Curfew – 10.00 pm until 5:00 am
  • Closing time for all businesses in Aruba – 9:00 pm until 5:00 am
  • There’s a ban on public gathering
  • Only 4 people are allowed to seat per table at restaurants
  • Parties and social encounters on public spaces and houses are not permitted
  • Face masks are obligatory
  • The consumption of alcohol on public roads is not allowed
  • Social distance is advised

Delicious Dishes at Aruba’s Restaurant Week

The popular “Restaurant Week” is back again in Aruba.

Locals and visitors are able to take part of this foodie festival that offers special prices at selected dining establishments on the island.

The restaurant week will take place between September 1 – 8, 2021.

Each restaurant offers a 3 course dining menu valued at 23$ or 28$ per person.

Here are the participating restaurants and their menu’s:

Not only are the deals on food, but there’s also special prices on drinks and cocktails.

Premium selections of wines will be available, including but not limited to: Stemmari Moscato, Pinot Noir, Mezzacorona Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Trivento Reserve Malbec.

Here’s a price list for drinks during the restaurant week in Aruba:

  • Glass of wine – $5
  • Bottle of wine – $20
  • Beer (Heineken / Amstel Bright) $4.5

This is the 11th edition of the restaurant week in Aruba – all proceeds of this dining event will be donated to a local charity in Aruba: Maris Stella Nursing Home.

Hyatt Hotel Brand Will Operate Secrets Resorts in San Nicolas

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that it is buying all properrties by luxury resorts operator Apple Leisure Group AMResorts, which also includes the new Secrets resort in Aruba.

Apple Leisure Group signed a deal to manage Secrets resort in Aruba back in 2019.

The agreement deal will bring the first Secrets Resorts & Spa branded property to Aruba, which is currently under construction in San Nicolas, close to Baby Beach.

Now that Hyatt announced the new purchase, the ultra luxury all inclusive Secrets resort will be displayed under the Hyatt banner.

Not only will secrets fall under Hyatt, but the acquisition also includes 33.000 hotel rooms in 10 other countries, making Hyatt the world’s largest operator of luxury all-inclusive resorts based on rooms count. Hyatt will also be the largest operator of luxury hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Secrets resort is an adult only resort expected to finish in the fourth quarter of 2021.

However, the completion of the resort is pushed back due to the pandemic, until further notice.


Layout of the future Baby beach resort in Seroe Colorado

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