Dreaming about Aruba's relaxing beaches, rejuvenating spas and revitalizing nightlife? You're not alone. On average, this Caribbean island hosts two million tourists each year. And for good reason, Aruba has everything you could ever want in a vacation spot. Let's check out what you need to know before you book your Aruba adventure.

Travel insurance is mandatory

As Aruba grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, certain travel restrictions and requirements have been put in place. Among the major changes facing travelers to Aruba is the need for travel insurance. Aruba requires all visitors to purchase its COVID travel insurance plan, which is available for about $15 per person, per day. Children 13 and under are exempt from the insurance but there will be an administration fee of $10 for every minor. For more information on Aruba Visitors Insurance contact www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com.

Now, does that mean you shouldn't purchase your own travel insurance? Not necessarily. While any other travel insurance you buy cant replace the required Aruba Visitors Insurance plan, it can be a good supplement. Travel insurance can help defray medical costs, and adding a Cancel For Any Reason option to your policy can reduce risk of financial losses if you need to cancel due to COVID-19 or any other reason. Discover comprehensive travel insurance options to protect yourself and your loved ones as you vacation in Aruba .

So, when you're packing your swim trunks or summer dresses, don't forget to bring your proof of travel medical insurance.

More about COVID-19 in Aruba

Mandatory travel insurance isn't the only new COVID-19 requirement. As of January 26, 2021 the CDC requires U.S. citizens traveling internationally to provide a COVID-19 test result upon returning to America.

The Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association has outlined strict COVID-19 protocols for hotels and other lodging facilities to follow based on the main goals of physical distancing and sanitation. Safeguards also extend to national parks and tourist attractions. For instance, Aruba's Arikok National Park has permanently banned the use of ATVs and UTVs from certain areas to limit the number of people accessing the park. Also, local businesses must follow new COVID-19 safeguards and are subject to on-site inspections from the Department of Inspection and Hygiene. If a local business has received the Aruba Health & Happiness Code gold certification seal, you can be sure it meets the island's COVID-19 requirements.

Visas and documentation

  • A passport valid for the length of stay. If the tourist holds a passport from a visa-required country then a valid visa sticker will also be required.
  • A completed and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card)
  • A valid return ticket
  • Any documentation required upon returning to your country of origin
  • You may also be asked to provide proof of accommodations in Aruba
  • You may also be required to show proof of adequate financial means for the duration of your stay

Health & safety

Here are some general considerations to keep yourself safe and healthy as you experience all Aruba has to offer.

  • Aruba's tap water is safe to drink
  • Guard against the hot sun. Wear a hat and sunglasses, bring high SPF sunscreen
  • Bring mosquito repellent. Malaria isn't a concern but the pests are not uncommon
  • Be wary of street venders. Don't eat food that has been sitting out

Necessary Vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination requirements for the Caribbean.

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio
  • Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.

Many travelers:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

You can find more information at the CDC's page about travel to Aruba.