Aruba is one of my favorite Caribbean destinations and certainly a place everyone should visit at least once. After closing in early March then reopening in phases beginning in June, it makes me very happy to say that once again… Aruba welcomes US tourists as of July 10, 2020!
What US Tourists Should Expect When Visiting Aruba
It’s true that Aruba is welcoming US tourists but at the moment, if you want to take a vacation it’s important to look at the restrictions, guidelines, and protocols and decide what your risk and hassle tolerances are. Simply put, do the risk and reward balance out to make going on vacation enjoyable?
To help with that assessment, you should know what US tourists should expect when visiting Aruba — at least as of July 2020 — as it relates to the health and safety protocols put in place since the Covid-19 pandemic.
First and foremost, you’ll need to fill out information in order to get an Embarkation/Disembarkation card in order to visit Aruba. You’ll also have to pass a health screening. Other entry requirements include:
- A self-health declaration 72 hours prior to travel to Aruba. Visitors will receive an email reminder to complete the self-health declaration 72 hours prior to travel.
- Visitors will also need to provide documentation of the requisite health insurance coverage as required by the government of Aruba, to determine if entry to Aruba is permitted. Exact details of the health insurance requirements are forthcoming.
- An optional upload of documentation indicating a negative PCR test results 72 hours prior to travel to Aruba.
- Important to note: The government of Aruba strongly encourages visitors to show documentation indicating a negative PCR test results prior to travel to Aruba.
- If PCR test is not done prior to travel, the traveler will have to pre-pay for a test that will be administered upon arrival at the Aruba Airport.
- Upon successful completion of the ED card process, travelers will receive an email confirmation of approval for travel, that must be shown either digitally or in printed form, at check in.
- Acknowledge and consent that upon arrival and during their stay in Aruba visitors shall cooperate with any type of COVID-19 health screening and testing as indicated by the public health authorities of Aruba, including isolation and/or quarantine.
- Acknowledge and consent that in case the visitor undergoes diagnostic PCR testing, they shall await their PCR test results in isolation as instructed by the public health authorities.
- Acknowledge and consent to follow any and all instructions imposed by the public health authorities of Aruba, this includes, but is not limited to, the instruction to be isolated or quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19
About the Author
Joel is a co-owner of JJ Travel Associates (a Dream Vacations franchise), blogger-in-chief at JoelKnowsTravel.com, lover of all things travel (especially UNESCO World Heritage Sites), wannabe comedian, and the person you should call if you're thinking of planning a vacation.