Aruba Guide for a Safe Journey
We are Open for Happiness!
Aruba’s sunny shores are once again open for happiness! We have missed you and are happy to be welcoming you to our One happy island with warmth and gratitude.
Some things will be a little different as the whole world has had to adjust to a new normal. With the safety and well-being of our visitors and locals being of utmost priority there are now new requirements for visitors to be permitted to enter Aruba.
For more information on steps and guidance to help ensure a safe journey to, and experience while visiting, please visit Safe Travels to Aruba
Embarkation / Disembarkation(ED) Card Process
All visitors are required to complete the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process and be approved in order to be permitted entry to Aruba. Visitors are encouraged to begin filling out the ED card as soon as they book their trip to Aruba. Once the visitor’s date of travel is submitted, the visitor will be registered to receive email reminder notifications.
The ED Card process will require the following steps:
1. Online Self Health Assessment
All visitors shall complete the mandatory health assessment that consists of health questions regarding COVID-19 as part of the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card.
2. COVID-19 Test
All visitors are required to provide a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test that has been taken within 72 hours prior to departure to be allowed into Aruba. They are required to upload this test at www.edcardaruba.aw within 72 and 12 hours prior to travel. Passengers who have uploaded a certified negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure to Aruba shall undergo a health screening upon arrival.
In the case that you are unable to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure, you will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at your own expense, and go in quarantine at your own accommodation while awaiting the test result. The quarantine will be up to 24 hours, and the Department of Health will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize the visitor’s time in quarantine. Visitors with a positive result shall be isolated at a designated isolation location according to local protocol and travel companions will have to go into quarantine at a designated quarantine location or can choose to depart the island. More information on the COVID-19 PCR test regulations can be found at https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements
3. Aruba Visitors Insurance
The Aruba Visitors Insurance is a mandatory insurance that helps protect visitors against incurred medical and non-medical expenses if tested positive for COVID-19 during their stay in Aruba. The purchase of a COVID-19 health insurance is required for all visitors. Different fees apply depending on length of stay and age. Children 14 and under pay a one-time flat fee. The per person cost for insurance can be calculated at https://www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com/calculator
Purchase of the Aruba Visitors Insurance must be completed within 72 hours, and 4 hours prior to travel to Aruba in the ED card portal. For more information please visit www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com
While in Aruba, visitors will have access to the Aruba Health App which will help them enjoy their vacation safely.
- Aruba Health App
Visitors are encouraged to download the official Department of Health App prior to departure, which includes information on procedures if they become sick or have a positive COVID-19 test upon arrival or during their stay. The app will also greatly facilitate and improve the flow of the screening process at the airport upon arrival. If you choose to be tested upon arrival your results will be communicated to you through the app instead of having to wait for a public health official to contact you by phone. In addition, this app will also outline which companies carry the Health & Happiness Code Seal. More information and download link to the app can be found at www.aruba.com/healthapp.
- Health and Happiness Code
The Aruban government’s number one priority is making sure exacting cleanliness and hygiene measures are in place, on an island-wide level. The Aruba Health & Happiness Code certification provides assurance that Aruba’s businesses have taken every measure to offer a safe environment for employees and you, our beloved guests. To see which businesses, including hotels, restaurants, transportation and activity companies have obtained their Health and Happiness code seal, visit https://www.aruba.com/us/health-happiness-code.
On-island COVID-19 protocol
In the case that a visitor displays symptoms of COVID-19 while staying in Aruba, they are required to report this to the hotel representative or host, after which they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test. While awaiting the test results, the visitor must remain in isolation in their hotel room or in a designated room at hotel.
- If the test result is negative, they can continue with their stay in Aruba as planned.
- If the test result is positive, the visitor will have to stay in Aruba in isolation until they test negative, as airlines and their home country will not allow them to travel or enter if they are COVID-19 positive. The visitor will be transported to a designated isolation location for the period that they remain positive. Note that the Aruba Visitors Insurance will cover expenses related to the COVID-19 diagnosis, including medical, transportation, and isolation accommodation costs up to 14 days for the confirmed case solely.
Travel companion(s) of the confirmed case will be relocated and placed in quarantine at one of the designated quarantine locations for 14 days. This period restarts each time a new case is discovered within the group. A person not showing symptoms can either stay in quarantine in Aruba at one of the designated quarantine locations or choose to depart the island. Note that the Aruba Visitors Insurance will NOT cover the costs for the quarantine protocol, including the quarantine location.
In case a travel companion(s) develops COVID-19-related symptoms while in quarantine, the new suspected case will be transferred to get tested and then isolated at an assigned location pending test results.
A private concierge will be available to arrange and book isolation and quarantine locations and transportation for confirmed case and travel companions.
- Face Masks
Visitors 15 and older are required to wear a face mask from the moment they board the aircraft, in flight, at the airport, en route to their accommodation until entering his/her room at place of stay. While masks will not be required in Aruba for the remainder of the stay, we strongly encourage visitors to have their masks handy for situations where social distancing proves difficult.
More information on the on-island COVID-19 protocol can be found at https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements
All requirements are subject to change at the discretion of the Government of Aruba. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend that all visitors check https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements frequently for any changes.
For general Aruba visitors information, please visit www.aruba.com