North American travelers hoping to visit Aruba this winter will face increased travel restrictions in the face of Omicron.
From Monday, travelers will need a COVID-19 PCR test taken within two days or 48 hours of boarding their flight to the Caribbean island.
As of December 27, 2021, according to an emailed statement from Aruba, “Residents of the United States and Canada traveling to Aruba will be required to complete a PCR test two days prior to their departure date and will not have the opportunity to test upon arrival.The 72-hour window for PCR testing will no longer apply for residents traveling from high-risk countries (including the United States and Canada).Note that if a traveler is traveling via a high-risk country as a non-transit passenger, meaning staying in the respective country for more than 24 hours, the two-day pre-departure test requirement applies on the departure date .”
“Visitors 12 years of age and older, who have tested positive using a COVID-19 molecular test by nasopharyngeal swab between 2 weeks and 12 weeks prior to travel date to Aruba, and have no symptoms, will be exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test result for entry to Aruba As part of the mandatory embarkation/disembarkation pass process, these visitors will, however, be required to upload proof of their positive COVID molecular test result -19 by nasopharyngeal swab taken between 2 and 12 weeks before the date of travel to Aruba,” the statement added.
Aruba’s embarkation/disembarkation pass process requires travelers to provide basic traveler information, submit a personal health assessment, upload a negative COVID-19 test result, purchase Aruba Visitors Insurance, and declare their consent to Aruba government mandates.
On November 22, the US State Department issued a Level 3 travel advisory for Aruba, advising Americans to reconsider travel due to COVID-related conditions. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also released a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, indicating a high level of COVID-19 on the island.
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