During a press conference held on May 8, 2020 the Aruba Minister of Tourism announced that the island is preparing the necessary plans to reopen the country’s borders for inbound travel.
A tentative date for this has been set for July 1, 2020 with a soft opening up to 2 weeks prior to this. This of course depends on several factors and protocol, especially the local situation being fully under control.
Aruba’s local economy will begin reopening for economic activity and with the expectation of being fully operational in the “new normal” by June 15.
Prior to COVID-19 Aruba welcomed almost 20,000 travelers per week, however the current reopening plans will limit these numbers to around just 10% or 2,000 per week. Currently, JetBlue, American Airlines, Spirit, Copa and Avianca Airlines are on board with the reopening plans. Travelers should expect several protocols and measures to be in place by the airlines, but also the airport, hotels in Aruba, restaurants, taxis and car rentals etc. While these may differ, social distancing and cleanliness is of optimum importance as the government’s main goal is to keep everyone on the island safe.
“As you can imagine, this decision does not come without serious consideration as our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and visitors,” the Aruba Tourism Authority said. “For travelers who already have a trip booked and are concerned restrictions may impact your travel dates, please contact your hotels and airlines directly for an update on their rescheduling policies. We will welcome guests back to our sunny shores as soon as it is safe to do so.”
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