What documents are required to enter Aruba?
Upon arrival visitors must have:
- A passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of stay in Aruba. Individuals using false documents will be subject to legal action.
- A visa (if you require one).
- A complete and approved Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card).
- Aruba’s Visitor insurance (Not mandatory, but encouraged. Learn more)
- A valid return- or onward ticket;
- The necessary documents for returning to the country of origin or to a country that he/she has the right to enter, for example, a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent), a re-entry permit or a (entry) visa;
- If so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer that he/she has a valid reservation for an accommodation in Aruba (e.g. hotel or apartment) or that he/she owns property in Aruba (a residence, condominium, apartment, timeshare apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters (46 feet) measured at the nominal water line);
- If so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer to dispose of adequate financial means to provide for hotel expenses (if applicable) and living expenses during his/her stay or that he/she has a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of Aruba.
Th e final authorization for admission to Aruba remains with the local Immigration Officer at the border-crossing/port of entry. The immigration authority at the border-crossing/port of entry has the exclusive authority to grant or refuse admission. Admission can be denied if not all admission requirements are met at the time of entering Aruba or if the tourist has been blacklisted.
Holding a valid visa for Aruba does not guarantee entry to Aruba.
How long can I stay in Aruba?
The standard maximum period of time that a person can be admitted to Aruba as a tourist is 30 days. Upon request, this period can be extended to a maximum of 180 days per calendar year.
For US Nationals only: Should the visitor desire to stay longer than 30 days, they are permitted to do so, withou trequesting an extension for up to 90 days.
The following persons may 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 consecutive days;
- Nationals of the countries listed on this page, and 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, time-share, apartment, or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters (46 feet) measured at the nominal 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 and be liable for any costs incurred during their stay. The guarantor in Aruba can send their request directly to the IASA (Aruban Immigration) at email email@example.com, following the procedures to have it legalized, and sent to the visitor abroad.
- Within the initial 30-day stay the visitor can request an extension for a total stay of up to 90 days. Some restrictions may apply. The migration authority can grant an extension for up to 90 days once all requirements for an extended stay are met.
All visitors who apply for an extension of their stay beyond 30 days are required to have travel insurance (medical and liability) and sufficient financial means for the duration of the extended stay.
For a complete list of countries that require a visa to travel to Aruba please visit the "Government of the Netherlands" page. Some visitors to the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom (including Aruba) do not need a visa. This includes Dutch and US nationals, as well as nationals of the countries listed on this page.
The 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
- United Kingdom
- Bolivian, Chinese, Colombian, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican, and Peruvian nationals who are holders of a valid (multi-entry visa) for the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom or Ireland.
- All nationals who are holders of a valid multi-entry visa for The Schengen Territory (Schengen Visa).
- Those who are continuing (in transit) to a third country within 24 hours or within the same day by aircraft, and holding tickets with reserved seats and all documents required for onward journey;
- Those who arrive by aircraft to board a cruise ship or vice versa (in transit), for a period of maximum 24 hours;
- Cruise ship passengers if they disembark in Aruba as part of their cruise, for a period of maximum 24 hours;
- Children younger than 12 years old, don’t need a visa if they are traveling with a parent or guardian; holders of a diplomatic passport, being nationals of Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chad, Indonesia, Jamaica, Macedonia, Malawi, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, Tunisia, Turkey or the United Arab Emirates;
- Holders of a service passport, being nationals of Bolivia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.
- Holders of passports or laissez-passer issued by the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations or one of its agencies;
- The crew members of vessels or aircrafts mooring or landing in Aruba for commercial purposes, and who don’t pose a threat for the public order and safety of the island or the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This category is exempt from the visa requirement for a period of admission of up to 48 hours.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulations
For an expansive explanation of Aruba's traveler health requirements, be sure to visit the page below.
Traveler Health Requirements