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What time zone is Aruba in?
What‘s the weather like?
What about the currency?
Do I need a visa?
What vaccinations should I have?
What about driving myself around?
Is it easy to keep in touch with family?

What time zone is Aruba in?

Aruba is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The clocks don’t change in Aruba, so when the UK is on British Summer Time (BST) the time difference is -5 hours.

What‘s the weather like?

Aruba enjoys a consistent climate, with year-round sunshine and negligible seasonal changes. Temperatures average 32 degrees. Annual rainfall is around 16 inches, chiefly from May to October and generally in showers.

Aruba is known for its refreshing trade winds, which peak around midday. The island lies on the southern fringes of the hurricane belt with, therefore, little risk of turbulent weather.

What about the currency?

Best advice is to take US dollars (cash or travellers cheques). The official currency is the Aruban Florin (Afl), but you cannot exchange this in the UK. The US dollar is widely accepted in shops, bars, restaurants, even by taxi drivers. If you are given change in Afl (unlikely) be sure to spend it or change it before you leave the island. ATMs are available around the island and most dispense US dollars. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted.

Do I need a visa?

Holders of UK (EU) passports do not require a visa and are allowed to remain as a tourist in Aruba for up to 30 days. Your passport must, of course, be valid for your length of stay. On arrival you must hold a return or onward travel ticket.

Entry requirements: All tourists arriving in Aruba are required to submit an ED card (Embarkation and Disembarkation). These are provided on board all aircraft arriving in Aruba and should handed to an immigration officer in the airport.

However, there is also a convenient electronic ED-card available at www.edcardaruba.aw, which can be completed at least 48 hours before scheduled arrival and avoids the need to complete by hand a card on the aircraft.

What vaccinations should I have?

The only compulsory requirement is for yellow fever immunisation but only for travellers arriving in Aruba from a yellow fever area in Africa or the Americas. For more detailed information or advice, please refer to your GP.

What about driving myself around?

Driving is easy and safe in Aruba, which has a good network of well-maintained roads. There is a wide choice of international and local car rental companies and UK driving licences are accepted.

Traffic drives to the right. Car speedometers and road signs are in kilometres. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in urban areas is 30 kmh, out of town 60 kmh and on faster roads 80 kmh. There are some occasions where school or residential areas specifically indicate a lower speed limit.

Is it easy to keep in touch with family?

Aruba has international standard telecommunications, with high-speed wi-fi widely available in hotels and other public places. The telephone dialling code for Aruba from the UK is 001 297.