Aruba updates COVID-19 entry requirements

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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.

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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.

For the latest information on traveling to Aruba, check out the guide below:



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