Aruba’s Minister of Tourism, Danguillame Oduber, and the CEO of Aruba Airport Authority, Joost Meijs, held a press conference today, June 12, 2020, to discuss the protocol for the opening of Aruba’s borders to the rest of the world. The Aruba Tourist Channel with Tessa Pietersz conducted an interview with these gentlemen after the conference in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the island’s re-entry process. Aruba is currently 45 days COVID free, so in order to maintain that status a series of standards have been put in place to ensure the safety of the island’s visitors as well as the people who reside on the island year round.
Joost explains that other airports’ re-entry models were examined; however in the end, Aruba constructed their model based on what worked for their island and current situation. Meijs said, “We did everything we could to organize the new process in a very safe way.” One of the major components of entry into Aruba is mandatory testing for the COVID-19 virus. The cost for this test is $75. While the Queen Beatrix Airport is providing the testing at their location, visitors may have tests conducted prior to their arrival in Aruba with their physicians. The results for this test need to be conclusive 72 hours prior to arrival as the Embarkation-Disembarkation (ED) card must be submitted online at that time as well.
Having a test done prior to arrival will ease the travel experience. “We want all of our visitors to have peace of mind to relax and enjoy their vacation,” Oduber stated. Insurance is also a requirement for re-entry. The question on many traveler’s minds is whether or not their travel insurance is sufficient enough. The honest answer seems to be no. Aruba researched many insurance companies in order to find one who covers all expenses related to COVID-19 including hospitalization. Most insurance companies do not offer COVID coverage.
The re-entry will be implemented in three phases. Phase One will begin June 15th allowing entry for visitors from Curacao and Bonaire; July 1st Europe and Canada will be allowed entry; finally, U.S. will be the final wave. The maximum number of entrants will be 500 people a day. Aruba’s overall expectation is that the procedures that they put in place will allow for a safe and smooth transition.