Last updated May 4, 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

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 health insurance for Aruba.

Currently, border officials require visitors to buy specific COVID insurance for Aruba. It's available in Aruba for about $15 per person, per day. 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.

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

COVID-19 in Aruba

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) lists the COVID threat in Aruba at Level 4, the most severe level. As such, it's recommended that people avoid all travel to 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.

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.