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Covid-19 Testing Requirements

Last updated: Sept 16, 2020 history

  • Sept 16, 2020 - Included upcoming state requiremen changes
  • Sept 10, 2020 - Removed airport temperature screening
  • Sept 3, 2020 - Clarified ddPCR and Abbott BinaxNOW
  • Aug 22, 2020 - Clarified combined nasal/oral requirement

As part of Aruba's Traveler Health Requirement, the Government of Aruba requires all visitors to undergo a Molecular SARS-CoV-2 test based on a nasal swab before entering Aruba.
Children aged 14 and under are exempt.

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Your Options

Fill out the following fields to see what options are available to you:

My permanent residence is in:

Travelers residing in have the following options:

  1. Your country is not on the list of permitted countries/regions

    Travel to Aruba is not possible at this time. Please consult the Traveler Health Requirements page.

  2. Option 1: Molecular testing prior to travel to Aruba:

    ⭑⭑⭑ The recommended and encouraged option.

    • Test type: Molecular, read the requirements
    • When: Test needs to be taken between  72 to 12 hours before your departing flight to Aruba (last leg of the trip)
    • Quarantine on arrival: No. Provided no symptoms are shown upon arrival in Aruba, requiring the visitor to take an additional test in Aruba.
    • Test provider: Your own choice, find a provider
    • Your Cost: Variable, ask your provider
    • Test results: Ask your provider
    • How: Upload your lab results as part of the online ED Card process.
  3. Option 2: Molecular PCR testing at the airport in Aruba

    ⭑⭑⭒ If you're unable to get tested prior to travel to Aruba.

    • Test type: Molecular PCR
    • When: Upon arrival in Aruba
    • Quarantine on arrival: Yes. At your place of stay until test results are received. Typically, between 6 and 8 hours. Read more about quarantine on arrival.
    • Test provider: Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital Aruba (special airport facility)
    • Your Cost: $75 (USD)
    • Test results: Via the Aruba Health App & via email
    • How: Prepay for the test as part of the online ED Card process.
  4. Option 2: Molecular PCR testing at the airport in Aruba

    This option is not available for your state.

  5. Option 3: Testing prior to travel and an additional PCR test at the airport in Aruba

    ⭑⭒⭒ You are traveling from a designated high-risk area, an extra test is required before you have the option to test in Aruba.

    • Test type: COVID-19 (read the requirements) + Molecular PCR
    • When: COVID-19 test needs to be taken between 72 to 12 hours before your departing flight to Aruba (last leg of the trip) + Molecular PCR test needs to be taken upon arrival in Aruba
    • Quarantine on arrival: Yes. At your place of stay until test results are received. Typically, between 6 and 8 hours. Read more about quarantine on arrival.
    • Test provider: COVID-19: Your own choice, find a providerMolecular PCR: Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital Aruba (special airport facility)
    • Your Cost: COVID-19: Variable (ask your provider) + Molecular PCR: Dr. Horacio E. Oduber Hospital, Aruba (special airport facility) : $75 (USD)
    • How: Upload your COVID-19 test results 12 hours before your departing flight to Aruba (last leg of the trip) and pay for the Molecular PCR test upon arrival in Aruba.

Molecular Test requirements

Only For Option 1: Molecular testing prior to travel to Aruba

The Government of Aruba requires the test to be a COVID-19 test, obtained from a nasal swab specimen through amplified Molecular testing performed by a certified lab, and the results need to be uploaded as part of the ED card process.

Your lab results need to list:

  • Your name, as it appears on passport
  • Date the test was administered
  • "COVID-19", "SARS-CoV-2" or "Coronavirus"
  • The type of Molecular test or Molecular test brand name (see below)
  • How the test was taken: "Nasal", "Nasopharyngeal", "Mid-turbinate", "Combined Oral/Nasal", or "Combined Oral/Nasopharyngeal", or "Combined Oral/Mid-turbinate" swab
  • Your test result: "Negative"

Tests that are accepted:
Accepted Molecular test types:

  • PCR / RT-PCR / ddPCR / Rapid PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
  • NAA / NAAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification)
  • AMP PRB (Amplified Probe)
  • LAMP (Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification)
  • TMA (Transcription-mediated Amplification)

Accepted Molecular test brands, such as, but not limited to:

  • Abbott ID NOW
  • Quidel Lyra PCR
  • Abbott Realtime PCR
  • Cobas Qualitative PCR
  • FTD PCR
  • Xpert Xpress
  • Simplexa Direct PCR

Tests that are not accepted:

  • Any at-home kits (the sample needs to be collected by licensed medical staff)
  • Any test that does not rely on a nasal swab, such as:
    • Sputum, saliva and spit collection (spit in a cup, etc)
    • Gargle, oral rinse, etc
    • Oral swab without a nasal swab
  • All Antigen (Ag) tests (including Quidel Sophia, Abbott BinaxNOW and Rapid Antigen Tests)
  • All Antibody tests (such as IgG, IgA, IgM and Rapid Antibody Tests)
  • All blood tests (such as fingerstick, venipuncture)
  • All plasma tests
  • All serum tests
  • All lateral flow tests
  • All fever checks
  • All temperature checks
  • Any Doctor's note

Upload any of these and you will be required to retake the PCR test on arrival at the Airport at your expense.

 

If you have any questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions at end of this page, or contact us via support@aruba.com

COVID-19 Test requirements

Only For Option 3: Testing prior to travel and an additional PCR test at the airport in Aruba

For option 3, the Government of Aruba requires you to take two tests. One accessible, qualified test prior to travel, and one qualified PCR test upon arrival at the Aruba airport.

This table describes the first test required prior to travel:

What tests are accepted:

  • Antigen test, such as:
    • Antigen QL IA (Qualitative Immunoassay)
    • Antigen FIA (Fluoro-immunoassay)
  • Molecular PCR Home kits, such as:
    • Pixel by LabCo
  • Any other type of test

What tests are not accepted:

  • All Antibody tests (such as IgG, IgA, IgM and Rapid Antibody Tests)
  • All blood tests (such as fingerstick, venipuncture)
  • All plasma tests
  • All serum tests
  • Any Doctor's note

Upload any of these and you will not be allowed to travel.

The second test will be Molecular PCR test, collected via a nasal swab (Nasopharyngeal), administered upon arrival at the Aruba airport.

If you have any questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions at end of this page, or contact us via support@aruba.com

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Testing locations

Disclaimer: We're unable to provide a complete list of up-to-date testing locations. We recommend you contact a physician, private clinic or lab in your area.

State Resources

 

Search on Rapid Test For Travel: Testing Centers Near You

Search on Google Maps: Testing Centers Near You

Or check with your State Health department: State Health Department

High Risk Areas

As a country that is heavily reliant on tourism, we are continually assessing a variety of risks and protections to ensure our safeguards and protocols meet the highest standard.

To create a safe environment for our residents and guests, we have adjusted testing options for residents from the following states. Use the tool at the beginning of this page to see what testing options are available for your state.

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Please continue to check the Traveler Health Requirements page for updates closer to your travel date.

Testing before your return flight

Some countries/states/cities require returning travelers to undergo mandatory quarantine or present a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival.

What COVID-19 consumer testing facilities are available in Aruba?

There are currently 2 clinics that perform COVID-19 tests for departing travelers:

Get in contact with the test provider to make an appointment, get details on the exact test performed and their procedures.

Health & Testing FAQ

What is a self-health declaration?
It is part of the ED card process and should be submitted 72 hours prior to travel to Aruba. This declaration must include truthful answers and consists of the following questions:
• Have you (or the person for whom you completed this form) been suspected diagnosed with pneumonia or the COVID-19 infection within the past 14 days?
• Did you (or the person for whom you completed this form) have any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or loss of smell/taste?
• Have you been in quarantine within the past 14 days?
• Have you had any close contact (less than 2 meters or 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes with a probable or confirmed COVID-19-infected person within the past 14 days, including persons in quarantine or isolation?
Can I take any type of COVID-19 test prior to travel as part of the ED card process?
Every traveler over the age of 14 who wants to upload a negative PCR test 72 to 12 hours prior to travel to Aruba must take a COVID-19 test obtained from a nasal/oral specimen through PCR testing performed by a certified lab. Any other COVID-19 test (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood test) will not be accepted.
What is a PCR test?
PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction and is used to detect the presence of COVID-19 in an individual. It is the recommended method for the identification and laboratory confirmation of COVID-19 cases according to the World Health Organization.
Can COVID-19 antibody test results be used as a replacement for a PCR test?
An antibody test cannot be used as a replacement for a PCR test, as antibody tests do not reflect whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19.
Why is Aruba requesting that travelers upload a certified negative PCR test result within 72 to 12 hours of traveling to the island?
We are requiring a PCR test within 72 hours to 12 hours of departure to minimize the chances of an individual contracting the virus ahead of travel to Aruba. This is for the safety of Aruba’s visitors and local community.
Do children need to be tested as well?
Children 14 and under are not required to take or submit a PCR test.
If taking the PCR test in Aruba, are we quarantined to our room in the hotel or just the hotel? Can we still go to facilities in the hotel such as the beach and pool?
If your test was administered on the island upon arrival, you are required to quarantine in your room at your booked accommodation until you receive your test result. The quarantine will be up to 24 hours and the Aruba Department of Health will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize visitors’ time in quarantine. Visitors are required to stay in their rooms to ensure the safety of fellow guests and Arubans.
If I tested positive while in Aruba, do I need to test negative before I can return to my country?
Yes. If you test positive, you must remain in isolation until you have tested negative and are once again able to follow embarkation protocols for leaving Aruba.

This information is subject to change at the discretion of the Government of Aruba. The preceding information reflects the most up-to-date information as it pertains to Aruba’s reopening protocols and procedures. Aruba’s health and safety protocols will be revisited and reevaluated on an ongoing basis. Based on the ever-changing situation, we recommend that all visitors check Aruba.com frequently for any changes to dates, markets, required procedures and more. 

If you have any unanswered questions, please feel free to email us directly at support@aruba.com.