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Below follows an information update from the Aruba Tourism Authority regarding traveler health requirements and new travel restrictions.
To our cherished visitors currently in Aruba, we wanted to share the following update:
To continue to implement proactive, preventative measures, the Government of Aruba has mandated a country-wide 9pm -- 6am curfew, for all residents and tourists. The curfew will take effect from March 21 (9pm) -- March 31 (6am). This will also include taxis.
In addition, the following regulations have been modified:
All establishments will close by 8pm daily, except for the pharmacy on duty which remains open for 24 hours.
The open pharmacy location switches daily amongst pharmacies across Aruba. Please check with your hotel to confirm which pharmacy is on duty on that day
Several retail stores and restaurants have also temporarily closed.
We understand this causes disruption to your travel plans, but your safety and the wellbeing of our locals continues to be our number one priority.
The Ministry of Tourism, Public Health and Sport of Aruba is collaborating with all government authorities on a national level in actively implementing Aruba’s preparedness and response plan for COVID-19. Aruba continues to monitor the situation of the Coronavirus locally, regionally and internationally. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
As the collective global citizenship does their part to curtail the spread of COVID-19, our small island nation is no exception.
On March 15, the Government of Aruba has made the difficult, but necessary decision to mandate a suspension of all inbound travel to Aruba by non-residents of Aruba. This will be in effect beginning midnight Monday, March 16 and ending March 31, 2020. These restrictions are subject to change as we may consider additional precautionary measures as needed.
As you can imagine, this decision does not come without serious consideration as tourism is the lifeline of the Aruban people. However, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and our visitors.
A local awareness campaign is well underway to educate the public about the importance of basic hygiene practices, such as proper hand washing, use of hand sanitizers, frequent disinfection of surfaces, cough and sneeze protocol. Social distancing is further being advocated to minimize any risk.
All other protocols defined by the World Health Organization are also in place and shall continue to be activated accordingly.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to our One Happy Island shores again when it is safe to do so. Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and our visitors.
For the latest official information on COVID-19 please visit the Aruba Government website
If you're in Aruba and feeling all of the following symptoms:
Please consult the medical professional's hotline right away
Based on your symptoms you'll receive medical advice related to your fever free of charge. Avoid going to the Emergency Room or a general practicioner with a fever, call the hotline first.
Having trouble reaching this number? Call your hotel's front-desk and ask them to transfer the call.