As Aruba reopened its borders last month for tourists almost 11,000 international travelers visited the Island.
“As one of the most tourism dependent countries in the world, the impact of COVID has been a massive challenge,” CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes said this week. “Beach destinations rank high on travelers’ wish lists and we’ve seen a strong desire for people to travel to Aruba.”
However, the Caribbean island was first allowing travelers from the Caribbean (except the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Moreover, from Europe, and Canada to come on July 1, followed by tourists from the U.S. on July 10. And while tourism has begun to spike, the island hopes to see a 30 to 40 percent recovery by the end of the year, Asjoe-Croes said.
In order to let the tourists enjoy the beaches and stick their toes in the sand. And soak up views of impossibly beautiful turquoise waters, the island is implementing a cleaning and hygiene certification program — the Health and Happiness Code— for tourism-related businesses focusing on things like plexiglass barriers at desks and disinfecting high-touch areas.
However, the island is “thrilled” to be welcoming back U.S. tourists. But there are strict testing requirements for entry, in addition, she said.
Travelers arriving in Aruba from the U.S. will have to complete a self-health declaration form. Moreover, they will have to give proof of a negative COVID-19 test. However, visitors from certain states will have to upload a negative COVID-19 test online taken within 72 hours before their flight. The traveler must upload the test results at least 12 hours before departing, according to the Aruba Tourism Authority.
States to Upload Test Results
However, states from which travelers must to upload a COVID-19 test online include:
“Aruba continues to implement an aggressive testing policy and COVID cases amongst tourists remain extremely low,” Asjoe-Croes said. “Aruba continues to be one of the [countries] least impacted by COVID in the Caribbean.”
However, Travelers arriving at Aruba Airport and want to get tested at the airport will have to quarantine for up to 24 hours. And will have to wait for their results (which take an average of six to eight hours to come back). Travelers who test positive will have to self-quarantine until they test negative, she said.
Certainly, in Aruba, there has been about 717 confirmed coronavirus cases according to Johns Hopkins University.
However, travelers who can not visit Aruba can satisfy their wanderlust from home and watch a 30-minute video of the sights and sounds of the island or even take a virtual tour of Aruba’s Butterfly Sanctuary.