The CDC has added Aruba to its very-high risk-level list. However, the on-the-ground-situation is not as bad as it sounds. As of today, the Caribbean island only has 561 active cases total.
Aruba is open to all visitors (excluding the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Haiti). All incomers have to present a negative Molecular COVID-19 test before travel.
The ones who don’t comply with the entry measures will undergo the test at the airport immediately after arrival, followed by a mandatory quarantine at their accommodation until they can produce negative results.
All foreigners traveling to Aruba will also have to purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance. It covers any incurred medical and non-medical expenses related to COVID-19.
Stats & current COVID-19 situation in Aruba
As of August 17, Aruba has reported 14,508 positive cases of coronavirus and 139 deaths caused by the virus.
Is it safe to travel to Aruba? – Latest Updates
August 31 – Aruba to implement further safety measures
To maintain the health and safety of both visitors and locals, Aruba has implemented another series of measures.
Since August 22, there has been an overnight curfew from 10 pm to 5 am. Also, all establishments must now close at 9 pm. Hotel facilities are excluded from this requirement.
Moreover, there are restrictions on the number of people at gatherings both in public and private homes. Parties are not allowed at all.
On top of that, all restaurants, bars, rum shops, and nightclubs can serve only at tables. There is also a 50% capacity limitation on certain businesses, including cinemas and supermarkets.
August 17 – Aruba to reintroduce several health measures to flatten a spike in infections
Aruba has been introducing a series of health measures to flatten the current curve of infections.
On August 1, the government decided to lift the benefit of either presenting a COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination. As of today, all travelers need to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, regardless of their vaccination status.
On August 7, Aruba determined that all night-life venues must be closed by midnight at the least. The measure excludes establishments at hotel facilities.
On August 13, the government banned all private parties. Only 1 musician is allowed per establishment.
Aruba has administered at least 147,577 doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far.
Why travel to Aruba during COVID?
First and foremost, Aruba is open to nearly all foreign nationals. Also, it has only a few entry measures – a negative test and the Aruba Visitors Insurance. If you comply with these, you’re all set to enjoy all the delights of the Caribbean.
Aruba offers everything from white-sand beaches and turquoise waters to culinary experiences and natural wonders. Here are the top 3 things you shall not miss when in Aruba.
Aruba boasts many outstanding coral reefs, marine life, as well as wreck diving sites. Some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots are set around Malmock Beach and Boca Catalina.
2. Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park covers nearly 20% of the island and is also Aruba’s largest natural place. It features rugged terrain, Indian rock drawings, and diverse fauna and flora, including the unique turtle nesting sites.
3. De Palm Island
Located just a 5-minute ferry ride from the mainland, De Palm Island is a perfect spot for some family fun. It offers a small beach, a water park, and several water-based activities such as banana rides or snorkeling tours. It’s also home to a flock of elegant flamingos!
If you’re looking to visit the Caribbean this year, Aruba it is. However, we recommend you be vaccinated before traveling.