Visa requirements to visit Aruba
Breathtaking beaches, exhilarating nightlife and abundant natural beauty await you in Aruba. This idyllic island outpost is a Caribbean highlight – a spectacular landscape of cacti, volcanic rock and divi-divi trees that beg to be explored.
There’s a reason Aruba is a must-see destination for travelers. The island is a playground for water sports such as kite surfing and scuba diving, and land adventures such as hiking and horseback riding. Its central city, Oranjestad, has strong Spanish, Dutch and indigenous influences, best discovered in the city’s many restaurants, pubs and museums.
But is it easy to enter the country? It depends on your passport. Here is everything you need to know about visas for Aruba.
Who needs a visa for Aruba?
Aruba’s generous visa waiver program means that many travelers can visit the island without a visa. However, travelers who require a visa must take additional steps.
Aruba is part of the Caribbean Short Stay Visa Program, which allows entry to many islands in the region for up to 90 days. These multi-island, multi-entry visas are a convenient solution for those traveling to the southern Caribbean islands.
To obtain a Caribbean visa, visitors to Aruba must apply in person either at an Aruban embassy or at an embassy or consulate From the Netherlands. The Kingdom of the Netherlands operates a online portal with all the details of the rules and regulations.
The list of nationalities that need a visa for Aruba is long. It includes residents of Afghanistan, Belize, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, Philippines, Laos, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Myanmar, Qatar, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.
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Who can travel to Aruba without a visa?
Travelers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and the 26 members of the Schengen area (which includes most countries in the European Union) do not need a visa to enter Aruba for a stay of up to 30 days.
In addition, nationals of Bolivia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jamaica and Peru can enter Aruba visa-free if they have a visa. Multiple entry valid for the US, Canada, UK, Ireland or a Schengen country.
To enter Aruba without a visa, you will need a passport valid for the duration of your trip, a ticket to exit Aruba at the end of your stay, and proof of accommodation reservation and funds. sufficient to cover your stay (although this is not always verified).
Children under 12 do not need a visa if traveling with a parent or guardian. When you come to leave Aruba, the island offers customs preclearance for American travelers, which means passengers returning to the United States can clear customs on the island, avoiding long lines at mainland airports.
Special categories for visa-free travel
Certain holders of specialized passports are also allowed to enter Aruba without a visa. Holders of diplomatic passports from Bolivia, Chad, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, Tunisia and Turkey do not need a visa. Holders of service passports from Bolivia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey are also exempt.
Holders of let pass documents issued by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations or one of its agencies are also exempt, as are crew members of ships or planes mooring or disembarking on the island.
Aruba also has the Happy job program for digital nomads in the United States (conducted in partnership with local resorts and hotels) that allows a stay of 90 days. However, this does not allow you to work for companies based in Aruba.
Travelers in transit
Travelers who spend 24 hours or less on the island can enter Aruba without a visa, regardless of their country of origin. This includes passengers from cruise ships disembarking on the island as part of their trip, as well as passengers from airlines transmitting to another country (or a neighboring Caribbean island) during the day.
How to extend your stay in Aruba
Dutch nationals are legally allowed to stay up to 180 days in Aruba. If you are lucky enough to own a house, timeshare, or apartment on the island, or if you are staying on a yacht over 45 feet long, you can also stay for up to 180 days.
Aruba vaccination requirements
Travelers from regions where yellow fever is endemic, including most of Central America, Latin America and Africa, will be required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival.
Check out the latest information on COVID-19 requirements and guidelines before you travel. The Aruba visit website publishes regularly updated details on the latest pandemic requirements on the island.