Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Aruba continues enforcing coronavirus disease-related restrictions, and entry requirements for most travelers, as of early September.
Alert Begins 02 Sep 2020 11:07 AM UTC
Alert Expires 11 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Islandwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Transport and commercial disruptions
As of Sept. 2, authorities in Aruba continue to enforce restrictions on movements, activities, and some businesses as part of their in response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The following internal measures are in place:
- A 0001-0500 curfew went into effect Aug. 28 and will remain in place until further notice.
- All large gatherings in the workplace are to be avoided.
- Social and public gatherings of more than four people are prohibited.
- Restaurants may operate with seating capacity limits. Bars, nightclubs and rum shops must stay closed, and musical entertainment is suspended.
- Funerals are to be limited to 25 people in attendance. Churches may offer services under strict operating protocols.
- Visits to elderly care homes are prohibited.
- All contact sports and indoor group sports are prohibited.
All businesses and establishments must continue to ensure that employees and customers keep at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) apart, that sick workers stay home, and that enhanced sanitation and hygiene protocols are enforced. Some industries may be required to adhere to additional sector-specific requirements. Authorities require that protective face coverings be worn in all indoor public places and on public transportation.
Travelers from Mexico, Central America, and South America will remain banned from entering Aruba until further notice. However, Aruba's borders were previously reopened for travel between Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao June 15, for travelers from Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean (excluding Haiti and the Dominican Republic) July 1, and travelers from the US July 10. Cargo, emergency, and limited repatriation flights at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) are allowed to operate normally.
Enhanced health screenings and requirements are in place for all arriving passengers. Stricter requirements are being enforced for travelers from US states with high incidences of COVID-19 cases, specifically Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Travelers from these states must provide proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Aruba via the digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) system; they will not be able to use testing facilities at the airport upon arrival.
Travelers from the remaining US states and approved countries are not required to submit proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 prior to arrival; however, any persons arriving without such documentation will be tested at the airport at their own expense, followed by a mandatory 24-hour quarantine in their accommodations while awaiting test results. Passengers who decline to take the test and those who test positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined at an approved location.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on local disease activity.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.