Last update: 6/5/2021
Aruba began a phased reopening to international tourism on July 1, 2020. Travelers from almost all countries can currently visit, but there are quite a few entry requirements in place for visitors.
All travelers must complete an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card between 72 hours and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba. As part of completing the card, travelers must upload proof of a negative molecular test result that was obtained within 72 to 12 hours before travel to Aruba.
Additionally, Aruba is one of the countries that are open for tourism that requires travelers to have visitors insurance. Purchasing Aruba Visitors Insurance is a mandatory part of completing the ED card. All travelers must also download the Aruba Health App.
Can I travel to Aruba right now?
You can travel to Aruba from most countries right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can visit Aruba at the moment.
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- South Africa
Aruba COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Aruba has implemented quite a few entry requirements for visitors.
All travelers must submit an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card between 72 hours and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba. As part of completing the ED card, they must upload proof of a negative molecular test result that was obtained within 72 to 12 hours before travel to Aruba.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Aruba?
All travelers must take a molecular test in order to travel to Aruba.
The only visitors who are exempt from the molecular testing requirement include children age 14 and under and same-day transfer passengers.
Travelers age 15 and older who have tested positive using a molecular COVID-19 test with nasopharyngeal swab between 2 and 12 weeks before travel to Aruba are also exempt from the molecular testing requirement.
As part of completing the ED card, you must upload proof of a negative molecular test result that was obtained within 72 to 12 hours before travel to Aruba. Acceptable tests include PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, LAMP, and TMA. More information on testing requirements is available here.
Travelers who do not get tested prior to arrival in Aruba must undergo molecular PCR testing on arrival at the airport and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Results can take up to 24 hours, but Aruba’s Department of Health aims to have results ready within 6-8 hours.
Passengers who are traveling with Jet Blue and want to get tested ahead of arrival in Aruba may opt for an at-home, saliva-based PCR test instead of going to a lab or doctor. More details on this can be found here.
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Aruba?
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Aruba as long as you present proof of a negative molecular test that was taken within 72 to 12 hours prior to arrival in Aruba.
If you do not have a valid negative pre-arrival molecular test, you will undergo molecular PCR testing on arrival and must self-isolate at your accommodation until you receive a negative result. Results can take up to 24 hours to become available, although the Department of Health aims to have results ready within 6-8 hours.
Travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to visit Aruba
It is mandatory to have Aruba Visitors Insurance, which can be purchased here as part of completing your ED card. Only residents of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao are exempt from purchasing this insurance.
This insurance includes coverage for hospitalization, intensive care, consultations, COVID-19 testing, and isolation expenses up to a limit of $75,000 USD. It costs $30 for travelers age 15 and up and $10 for children who are 14 and under.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Aruba
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government of Aruba still requires vaccinated travelers to comply with the molecular testing entry requirement. Currently, proof of vaccination will not be accepted as a substitute for the molecular testing entry requirement.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Aruba, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Aruba changes its travel restrictions.
Other travel restrictions for Aruba during COVID-19
Aruba has several other travel restrictions:
- All travelers must submit an online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card between 72 hours and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba.
- All travelers must download the Aruba Health App.
- All travelers will undergo health screenings upon arrival in Aruba.
- Face masks are required in all indoor public areas and strongly encouraged everywhere else, especially where social distancing is not possible.
- Social distancing rules must be observed.
- You may need a tourist visa to visit Aruba. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Aruba
You can rest assured that lots of places are open in Aruba right now, including hotels, resorts, beaches, restaurants, attractions, and tours, so there should be no shortage of things to do while you’re there.
Aruba has implemented an Aruba Health and Happiness Code certification program for hotels, restaurants, tour operators, and other businesses. Businesses that have been certified comply with the Aruban government’s strict health and safety standards.
Hotels that are open in Aruba
There’s no need to worry about finding a place to stay, since Aruba’s hotels and accommodations are open. However, if you want to stay in one of the most luxury resorts, you should book in advance:
- Renaissance Aruba Resort
- Bucuti & Tara Boutique Beach Resort
- Boardwalk Boutique Hotel Aruba
- Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort
- Aruba Marriott Resort
Guests must wear face masks in all public areas outside of their own room. They must also abide by social distancing guidelines. Each accommodation has its own individual regulations, so be sure to check what health and safety procedures are in place at your accommodation.
Beaches that are open in Aruba
Beaches in Aruba are open, but they are off-limits from 7 PM to 5 AM daily.
Face masks are recommended for beachgoers, especially if it is difficult to social distance. Beachgoers must abide by social distancing rules and avoid large gatherings, both on the beach and in the water.
Attractions that are open and tours that are operating in Aruba
Attractions are open and tours are currently operating in Aruba. If you can only choose a couple of them, I would opt in for any of the following tours:
- From Oranjestad: Full-Day Island Jeep Safari Tour
- Aruba Arikok National Park Hiking Tour
- Noord: Happy Hour Sunset Cruise
- Beach Hopping Snorkeling Tour
Guests must wear face masks in all tour vehicles and inside tour attractions. They must also abide by social distancing regulations. Bus and Jeep tours will limit tour sizes. Boat, snorkel, and scuba excursions will have socially distanced seating. National parks and trails have social distancing guidelines in place and are limiting the number of visitors.
A list of Aruba Health and Happiness Code certified tour operators is available here. A list of Aruba Health and Happiness Code certified water activities is available here. More information on attraction and tour regulations is available here.
Restaurants that are open in Aruba
Dreaming of eating lots of delicious food on your next vacation? Restaurants in Aruba are open, so you can make that dream a reality.
Restaurants close at 9 PM in accordance with the current curfew. Guests are strongly encouraged to wear face masks in restaurants, except when they are eating or drinking, and must abide by social distancing rules.
Tables can only have a maximum of 4 seats, whether indoors or outdoors, and will be placed at least 1.5 meters apart from each other.
Airports that are open in Aruba
There is one airport in Aruba, Queen Beatrix International Airport, which is currently open.
All travelers must wear face masks and follow social distancing protocols. They will also be subject to health screenings on arrival.
Curfew in Aruba
There is currently a daily curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM.
Where to get a PCR test in Aruba – COVID-19 testing in Aruba
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Aruba, here is a list of places you can get tested, along with information about testing.
Aruba reopening its borders to tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Aruba reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Aruba right now as long as you are not coming from Brazil, South Africa, or Venezuela.
There are currently 450+ active cases and 90+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Aruba as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Aruba as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Aruba. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider traveling to Aruba.
Yes, travelers from Brazil, South Africa, and Venezuela cannot currently enter Aruba.
No, you do not need to quarantine upon arrival as long as you have proof of a negative molecular test result that was obtained within 72-12 hours of travel to Aruba. If you do not have a valid pre-arrival molecular test result, you will undergo testing on arrival in Aruba and must self-isolate until you receive a negative test result, which could take up to 24 hours.
Yes, you must take a molecular test to travel to Aruba. Acceptable tests include PCR, RT-PCR, NAA, LAMP, and TMA. If you do not get tested prior to arrival in Aruba, you will be subject to testing on arrival.
Yes, there is currently a daily curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM.
No, there are no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.
Yes, Aruba’s hotels and accommodations are open.
Yes, Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport is open.
Yes, restaurants in Aruba are open, but they close at 9 PM.
Yes, beaches in Aruba are open, but they are off-limits from 7 PM to 5 AM.
Yes, tours and excursions are currently operating.
Yes, attractions are open.
Yes, American tourists can travel to Aruba.
Yes, Canadians can visit Aruba.
We will update this guide on Aruba reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to Aruba, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Aruba
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Aruba
- General Aruba Travel Advisory
- Traveler Health Requirements for Aruba
- Visitors’ Guide and Travel Information for Aruba
- COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Aruba
- COVID-19 Entry Requirements Exemptions List
- Information on Aruba Visitors Insurance
- Information on Aruba and Jet Blue Testing Partnership
- ED Card Portal
- Aruba Health App
- COVID-19 Testing Facilities in Aruba
- Aruba Health and Happiness Code Certified Accommodations and Businesses
- Visit Aruba News COVID-19 Information and Updates