DIMAS of Aruba has posted new 2009 regulations for people to stay longer than 30 days.
I have sent DIMAS 2 E-mails, starting a month ago, asking for a clarification as whether as a Canadian I need to apply for a Visa to stay longer than 30 days. I have not received a reply as yet.
If any one can find out answers to the Visa question PLEASE let us know.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO ARUBA AS A TOURIST
DURATION OF ADMISSION
The maximum period of time that a person can be admitted to Aruba as a tourist is in principle 30 days. The total amount of days a person can stay in Aruba as a tourist cannot exceed 180 days per year.
Extension of stay upon entry
Upon entry in Aruba, the following persons can apply for an extension of their stay for more than 30 days but
not exceeding 180 days:
− nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can request an extension of their stay for up to 180
− nationals from the countries mentioned in list A and visa required persons who are exempt from the
visa requirement, can request an extension of their stay for up to 180 consecutive days, if:
they have property in Aruba, i.e. a house, condominium, apartment, time-share,
apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters
measured from the water line. They must show proof of ownership of the property.
For a stay of up to 180 days.
If they don’t have property in Aruba, they must have a declaration of guarantee from
a resident of Aruba who will act as guarantor for and be liable for any costs incurred
during their stay. The guarantor in Aruba can download the declaration of guarantee
from our website, following the procedures to have it legalized and sent it to the
visitor abroad; the tourist can request for a stay of up to 90 days.
The migration officer is satisfied that the visitor has sufficient funds to cover his
All tourists who apply for an extension of their stay beyond 30 days are required to have travel insurance
(medical and liability) valid for the duration of the extended stay.
If a tourist wants to stay longer then the number of days granted by the immigration officer on the ED-card upon
admission, he or she can apply at the office of Dimas for an extension for up to 180 days if applicable. The form
for tourist stay extension is available at the office of the DIMAS, and can also be downloaded
fromwww.dimasaruba.com. An application for an extension of stay can be filed at the DIMAS from Monday to
Thursday, from 2:30PM-4:00PM. There is no filing fee for a tourist extension application.
The following documents have to be presented:
− original application form for extension of tourist stay;
− copy of the profile page and all the written and stamped pages of the petitioner’s passport, valid for
at least another 3 months when the extension is applied for;
− copy Embarkation-Disembarkation card (ED-card);
− copy valid return ticket;
− copy of travel insurance (medical and liability) valid for the duration of the extended stay;
− if the petitioner is not staying at his own private residence or at a hotel/resort, he needs to present
a declaration of guarantee from a resident of Aruba who will act as guarantor for their stay.
Anyone wanting to stay longer than 180 days in Aruba will need a residence permit and will not be
considered a tourist.
Visa required persons exempted from the visa requirementThe following persons, who normally require a visa, are exempt from this requirement:
− holders of a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent) from:
another part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
the United States of America;
The Schengen Territory
− Holders of a valid used (entry) visa for either the United States of America, Canada, The Schengen
Territory (Schengen Visa), United Kingdom, Ireland, and who are nationals of Colombia;
This category is exempt from the visa requirement for a period of admission of up to 48 hours.
Where and how to apply for a visa
Visa-required tourists need to apply for and have a visitor visa before coming to Aruba. In principle the visa
must be applied for in person at an embassy or consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (diplomatic
mission). In some countries certain approved travel agencies can apply for a visa on behalf of their customers.
For information about the visa requirements, to apply for a visa for Aruba, and for information on
appointments/opening hours, the tourist can contact a consulate or embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
in his country of residence or visit the websites of the Embassy or consulates concerned. For address information
and websites of Dutch diplomatic missions abroad, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
When do you need an invitation/declaration of guarantee?
A visa-required tourist needs a declaration of guarantee/invitation to apply for a visa if he has been invited to
participate in a sports event by an organization on Aruba or if he’ll be staying at the home of a relative or an
acquaintance. The person or organization in Aruba who will act as guarantor for the tourist’s stay has to declare
that they’ll guarantee all costs than can arise from the short stay of the tourist in Aruba. The guarantor is
responsible for sending the declaration of guarantee/invitation to the visa-required tourist. Please note that
having the declaration doesn’t mean that the visa will be issued. It is only one of the requirements that the visa
applicant has to submit.
The declaration of guarantee/invitation form is available at the office of the DIMAS and can also be downloaded
from www.dimasaruba.com, as well as the instructions about the relevant procedure.