Critical Alert


Aruba revises COVID-19-related entry requirements for US travelers as of Nov. 3. Other internal restrictions remain in place.

 

Summary
As of Nov. 3, authorities in Aruba are enforcing standard entry requirements for all arriving passengers, and the distinction for travelers from high-risk states in the US has been discontinued. Only travelers from the Caribbean (excluding Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Canada, Europe, and the US may enter Aruba. The travel ban on persons arriving from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia, and Mexico is slated to be lifted Dec. 1. Cargo and emergency flights at Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) are allowed to operate normally.

Enhanced health screenings and requirements are in place for arriving passengers:

  • All travelers are required to complete a digital Embarkation-Disembarkation Card (ED card) and must purchase mandatory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) health insurance before travel.
  • Travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before departure and uploaded no later than 12 hours before departure.
  • Any persons arriving without a negative COVID-19 test 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.
  • Effective Oct. 23, travelers from Curacao and Bonaire do not need to be tested or quarantined, and COVID-19 insurance is not required.


Domestic Measures
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. Other previously announced restrictions on movements, group activities, and commercial activities in place as of Nov. 3 are:

  • Individuals are required to use facemasks in all indoor public spaces, public transport, and tour buses.
  • A so-called "area ban" prohibits all visits to beaches, coastal zones, and parking lots between 0001-0500.
  • All commercial establishments are still required to close by 2300.
  • All family parties in homes are prohibited.
  • 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 except for ambient or background music.
  • Funerals are to be limited to 25 people in attendance. Churches may offer services under strict operating protocols.
  • Beach weddings are only permitted with up to 25 people in attendance.
  • Visits to elderly care homes are prohibited.
  • All contact sports and indoor group sports are prohibited.


Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on local disease activity.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. 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.

 

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