Last updated Sept 2, 2021

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. If you hope to one of these lucky tourists, there are some requirements and regulations you'll need to follow.

Travel insurance is required in Aruba

Good news: Aruba is open for travel. But you'll need to follow some rules. As the country grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak, Aruba travel restrictions have increased. Among Aruba's travel requirements is the need for travel insurance. If you're traveling to Aruba, make sure you have the necessary travel medical insurance for the duration of your stay.

Currently, border officials require visitors to buy specific COVID insurance for Aruba. It's available in Aruba for about $30 per person, per stay (cost depends on age). There are some exceptions to this requirement. Visitors who enter and leave the country within the same day, transfer crew and passengers who don't check luggage and children 13 and under are all exempt from having to purchase this insurance. However, there's an administration fee of $10 for every minor. For more information, contact Aruba Visitors Insurance.

Does this mean you shouldn't purchase your own travel insurance for Aruba? Not necessarily. While any other travel insurance you buy can't replace the required Aruba Visitors Insurance plan, it can be a good supplement, especially if you want travel health insurance for Aruba that covers more than just COVID-19 related issues.

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.

Buying your own travel insurance plan to supplement (and not replace) the travel insurance the Aruban government requires of all foreign visitors, is a smart idea for a number of other reasons.

Transportation cost (Aruba offers up to $350), other travel medical plans have higher limits and offer emergency medical evacuation which should be a concern if medical facilities in Aruba cannot care for the traveler depending on how severe the injuries or sickness is. Emergency air medical evacuation will exceed the $350 limit in their plan.

Isolation Costs in the Aruba insurance are low. It will cover $125/day for 14 days, which only results in a total of $1,750. These benefits can be quickly used up and the traveler will have to pay for any additional cost over this amount. On travel medical insurance plans we offer, the traveler has the ability to add more lodging/accommodation coverage in case costs are high.

Travelers who purchase supplemental insurance in addition to the required Aruba insurance can benefit from coverages such as: trip delay, missed connection, lost/damaged checked luggage, trip interruption, etc. These benefits are not offered by the Aruba insurance.

Max coverage on Aruba insurance is $75k which is low and any costs over this amount is the insured's responsibility.

So, when you're packing your swim trunks or summer dresses, don't forget to buy the basic travel insurance plan required by the Aruban government and protect yourself and your loved ones even more with comprehensive travel insurance.

COVID-19 in Aruba

If you have to travel to Aruba and the Covid vaccine is available in your country, be sure to get fully vaccinated before your trip. The CDC recommends that all unvaccinated people do not travel to Aruba. If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take.

Mandatory travel insurance isn't the only new COVID-19 requirement. As of January 26, 2021 the U.S. requires that anyone traveling to the U.S. provide a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of their flight to the U.S.

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. 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 country'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

The COVID vaccine may be required as it becomes more widely available.