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27 Jul 2020

Aruba is Given the Green Light for UK Travellers

Aruba is considered a safe destination for travel by the UK Government, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the WTTC.

As of July 23, 2020, Aruba received the change in status from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and removed from the ‘all but essential travel’ list which was imposed universally when the UK when into lockdown back in March 2020. This change from the FCO along with Aruba being included on the Governments air-corridor list, meaning no quarantine for UK travellers on the return to the UK makes the island a perfect place for a late 2020 vacation.

With Aruba having opened its borders to UK and European travellers on the 01 July with a "Safe Travels" seal of quality from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), one of only three Caribbean island along with Jamaica and Tobago,  this proving they are one of the only “safe” Caribbean destinations to visit.

Aruba has worked hard to implement and scale up health and safety protocols to ensure that it is a safe and clean island for visitors and the local community alike. The Aruba Health & Happiness Code was introduced to achieve this goal. This brand-new comprehensive safety and hygiene programme sets strict cleaning and hygiene standards for all tourism sectors to adhere too.

The WTTC works worldwide with, among other things, governments, medical professionals and companies involved in tourism to support and guide them in introducing new protocols to restore and reopen the market.

About the Health & Happiness Code

The Minister of Tourism, Health and Sport, together with the Department of Health, the Aruba Tourism Authority and other key stakeholders in the private sector, has introduced a new safety and hygiene programme called the “Aruba Health & Happiness Code.” It sets strict standards. in the field of cleaning and hygiene. All companies that deal with tourism in Aruba must comply with this. The protocol ensures that all companies adhere to guidelines and protocols in the areas of health, sanitation and social distancing.

"It is vital that we continue to develop and innovate as a tourism destination in order to optimally protect both our premises and our visitors once they set foot on Aruban soil," said Danguillaume Oduber, Minister of Tourism, Transport, Health and Sport at Aruba. "We want all our visitors to be confident that when they travel to the One happy island, they know that as an island, we have done everything we can to implement the best safety and health protocols for every part of the journey."

Mandatory COVID-19 insurance + PCR test protocol

All visitors are required to complete the online immigration (Embarkation / Disembarkation card) process to travel to Aruba. The new ED card process has been online since June 26, 2020. Part of the online completion process is the addition of a negative PCR test result. The test result must be added to the application (ED card) within 72-4 hours before departure. If no negative PCR test result is presented, the PCR test will still be taken upon arrival at the airport in Aruba. The cost for the test is then US$75 per person, children under 15 are exempt. In all cases, the costs and responsibility are borne by the visitor.

 

The Aruba Visitor Insurance was also introduced since the island reopened its borders. The Aruba visitor insurance is a compulsory insurance to insure visitors against medical and non-medical costs incurred, if they are tested positive for COVID-19 during their stay on the island.

The costs for a COVID-19 treatment in Aruba can amount to more than USD $ 50,000 per person. With the Aruba visitor insurance, a person who is tested positive for COVID-19 during their stay on the island makes little to no out-of-pocket costs. Both medical care providers and non-medical service providers are then paid directly by the local insurance company.

For more information about all health and safety measures, visit Aruba.com