The Government of Aruba announced the country will officially reopen its borders for international tourism.
On June 15, Aruba will first open its borders to tourists from nearby Bonaire and Curacao.
On July 1, visitors from Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean will be able to return to Aruba.
The United States will be welcome to Aruba starting on July 10th, while Official opening dates for other markets, including South America and Central America have yet to be determined.
According to the Aruba press release, “The decision to reopen borders, which were closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in early-March, was made in conjunction with the Department of Health and took into consideration the ongoing guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control”(CDC) in the United States.
The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors is our highest priority. As we prepare to reopen our borders, Aruba has put in place advanced public health procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on the island,” said Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.
“We have taken careful and deliberate steps to assess the current situation and make certain it is as safe as possible and appropriate to begin the reopening process” the Prime Minister added.
When visitors arrive in Aruba, they can be reassured that they will have a safe experience at every touchpoint of their journey.
The airport will offer advanced screenings, hotel accommodations will have elevated protocols that include plexiglass barriers when there’s interaction with staff, digital check-in, social distancing in common spaces and more.
The ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code‘ certification will provide assurance that each business has taken every measure to offer a safe environment for employees and guests.
The certification seal of approval will be displayed prominently on all tourism related businesses, and the certified businesses will also be found on the Department of Public Health website.
Each year, more than a million visitors come to Aruba from all around the world. Like many destinations whose economies are driven by tourism, reopening borders is a critical milestone and ushers in a “new normal” for the time being.
Travelers will be required to follow new processs to enter the country. Mandatory travel requirements are available on Aruba.com.
“While there will be some necessary adjustments, our visitors’ Aruba experience will still have the essence of One happy island,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.).
“We are confident in the measures we have taken as Aruba is once again Open for Happiness,” he added.