As of Aug. 6, Aruba reported 262 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily average. Although the numbers have decreased since then, the CDC has added Aruba to its ‘very high level of COVID-19’ list. Therefore, traveling to Aruba should be reconsidered nowadays. Also, some security measures are being reintroduced.
However, Aruba is open to all visitors. (excluding Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Haiti). All newcomers must submit a COVID-19 Molecular Test negative before travel. Those who do not comply with the entrance measures will undergo a test at the airport immediately upon arrival, followed by mandatory quarantine at the accommodation until receipt of the result.
All foreigners traveling to Aruba must also purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance. It covers all medical and non-medical expenses incurred related to COVID-19.
Statistics and Current Status of COVID-19 in Aruba
To date (August 10), Aruba has reported 12,639 positive cases of coronavirus and 111 deaths caused by the virus.
Currently, COVID-19 infections in Aruba are at their peak. They exist 874 active cases and an average of 88 new daily infections.
As of August 7, all establishments must close by midnight at the latest.. There is also a temporary ban on alcohol in certain public places, including beaches, parks and parking lots, unless they are licensed establishments.
Masks must be worn in any public space and in all private facilities that require them.
Vaccination progress in Aruba
The coronavirus vaccination process in Aruba is at high speed. Until now, the country has administered 139,887 doses (August 10th).
Of 107,266 inhabitants, 66,652 people were fully vaccinated, while 6,398 arubans await the second dose.
Why travel to Aruba during COVID?
First, Aruba is open to almost all foreigners. Plus, it only has a few entrance measures – a negative test and Aruba Visitors Insurance. If you meet these requirements, you will be ready to enjoy all the delights of the Caribbean.
From white sandy beaches and turquoise waters to culinary experiences and natural wonders. Here are the top 3 things you shouldn’t miss when in Aruba.
Aruba has many notable coral reefs, marine life, as well as wreck dive sites. Some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving are situated around Malmock Beach and Boca Catalina.
2. Arikok National Park
Arikok National Park covers nearly 20% of the island and is also the largest in Aruba. It has rugged terrain, Indian cave designs and diverse fauna and flora, including unique turtle nesting sites.
3. Palm Island
Located just 5 minutes by ferry from the mainland, De Palm Island is a perfect spot for some family fun. It offers a small beach, water park and various water activities such as banana rides or snorkelling. It’s also home to a flock of elegant flamingos!
If you plan to visit the Caribbean this year, then Aruba is it. However, we recommend that you be vaccinated before travelling.