The small southern Caribbean island of Aruba could not have been in your journey plans this yr, however maybe it must be. Whereas Aruba did have an uptick in COVID-19 infections in the course of the fall, it has managed to get a deal with on them and has seen a lower in circumstances. To be able to preserve its residents and guests wholesome, Aruba has a number of security measures in place. They’re simple and can aid you journey to the island with extra confidence. Right here is every little thing it is advisable to find out about planning a visit to Aruba proper now.
Who can journey to Aruba
As of November 1, Aruba will not ask residents of US hotspots to adjust to completely different coronavirus rules. Residents of all US states might want to adhere to the identical guidelines and pointers, famous beneath. Vacationers from Central and South America (besides Venezuela) will be capable of journey to Aruba as of December 1 whereas residents of Canada and European and Asian nations have been welcome for a while.
Filling out a web based ED card
Anybody hoping to journey to Aruba might want to fill out the on-line ED card, or Embarkation/Disembarkation Card. Just like journey to Hawaii, this type is an effective method for the federal government to maintain observe of the well being of holiday makers but additionally to have the ability to attain them if essential — for instance, within the occasion of contact tracing.
This ED card will ask you to fill in your private data and supply a private well being evaluation. To finish the ED type, you could additionally purchase obligatory Aruba Guests Well being Insurance coverage for a flat-fee premium that’s fairly cheap. Examine the insurance coverage web site because the premiums can change, however they’re at present $10 for youngsters as much as age 14 and $30 for anybody 15 and over. The payment is charged for each new entry to Aruba, supplied the insured is staying fewer than 180 days.
Crucial a part of the ED card is a unfavourable COVID-19 check, which have to be accomplished inside 72 hours of journey to Aruba by all guests aged 15 and up however a minimum of 4 hours earlier than departure. The federal government is kind of particular about which assessments will probably be accepted, and fast assessments won’t be accepted; please examine the COVID-19 testing necessities web page. Additionally, you will should consent to comply with all of the mandates of the federal government of Aruba with respect to controlling the coronavirus.
Whilst you ought to start filling out the ED type straight away, completion would require the unfavourable coronavirus check and buy of the Aruba Customer Well being Insurance coverage, which should happen in that point window of 72 hours previous to journey. Upon getting crammed out the ED card, you’ll obtain an electronic mail with a hyperlink to your card/pdf with the designation “Certified to Board.”
Arrival in Aruba
Vacationers who don’t have documentation displaying a current unfavourable COVID-19 check will obtain a PCR COVID-19 check on the airport and be requested to quarantine at their lodging till they obtain a unfavourable check consequence.
After my arrival at Oranjestad Airport, and after I used to be by customs, my temperature was taken, I introduced my check outcomes, and I used to be free to go. The entire course of was seamless and a touch of what I may anticipate throughout my time on the island.
The federal government recommends downloading the Aruba Well being App, so you possibly can sustain on the newest rules with respect to preventing the pandemic. Must you require a COVID-19 check whereas in Aruba, it’s also possible to get sooner outcomes when you’ve got the app.
What to anticipate whereas in Aruba
On the bottom in Aruba, you’ll have sensible rules to maintain each residents and guests wholesome. Past sporting a masks on the airplane on the way in which to Aruba, you’ll be requested to put on one on the airport and en path to your lodging, till you have got arrived in your room. You also needs to put on a masks in any respect indoor public areas, like markets, outlets, and museums.
On the Tamarijn Aruba Resort the place I stayed, the numerous procedures in place made me really feel like my well being was a precedence. With such a constant strategy to holding folks protected, I felt extra comfortable in Aruba than I had within the US in months. Earlier than getting into the resort, in addition to eating places I visited outdoors the resort, there have been temperature checks and hand sanitizer stations accessible at each entryway. All workers members wore masks always and, whereas it was not obligatory throughout my keep a number of weeks in the past that friends put on masks, some friends wore masks across the resort as nicely.
Once I was being proven my room, the gents that introduced my baggage wiped the deal with of my door with an antibacterial wipe earlier than opening it. There was even a seal positioned on the door of my room for high quality assurance that it had been cleaned and sanitized earlier than my arrival.
I spent slightly little bit of time outdoors the resort to go to a few small outlets and seize a espresso. Masks had been required in each the shops and the espresso outlets, although solely the espresso store checked my temperature.
Some issues to do in Aruba
An exercise that I extremely suggest is an electrical bike and snorkel tour. This was my first time on an electrical bike, however it was the spotlight of my journey. We rode about 12 miles one-way on our approach to the California Lighthouse. About three-quarters of the way in which there, we stopped for a brief swim and snorkel within the ocean. It was a really cool expertise, and when you’ve got the time and skillset to journey a motorcycle, it’s a must-do.
A mural tour with Tito Bolivar of Aruba Artwork Truthful confirmed me how gifted and particular the artists are in San Nicolas, Aruba, an space of the island that was the location of a former oil refinery and is now the artwork capital of the nation. As anticipated, masks had been worn throughout each actions — aside from within the ocean, after all.
Another issues that you possibly can get pleasure from in your subsequent journey to Aruba embody the butterfly farm, windsurfing, any of the lodge’s water facilities similar to kayaks, or any of the a number of playgrounds across the island in the event you’re touring with young children. And if all else fails, the seashore is at all times a good suggestion.