Eager for some fun in the sun? Aruba just confirmed plans to begin opening its borders on June 15, with U.S., Canadian and European passport holders permitted to enter beginning in July. The island will begin welcoming tourists as follows:
According to the island’s announcement, “Official opening dates for other markets, including South America and Central America, have yet to be determined… but hopefully soon!”
Aruba is encouraging travelers to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival. According to authorities, “All travelers not showing documentation indicating a negative PCR test result prior to travel to Aruba as a part of the ED card process, will receive a mandatory PCR test at the Airport when arriving in Aruba, at the visitor’s expense, followed by a mandatory 24-hour quarantine at the travelers’ accommodations while test results are assessed.”
Additionally, visitors showing evidence of a negative test will undergo a temperature check upon arrival, and all visitors will be required to a mask during their flight to Aruba, though masks are optional on the ground.
Personally, I’m a big fan of Aruba, and I’m eager to return. In fact, my very last international trip was to the island, just a couple of weeks before lockdown began. On both of my visits, I stayed at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino — my go-to, since guests get access to Marriott’s private island, a short (and free) boat trip away.
The Renaissance has confirmed that it’ll open to guests on June 30, so the property should have some time to work out any last-minute kinks before Americans begin to return on July 10. The resort is rolling out a number of new procedures, including check-in through the Bonvoy app, adding hand sanitizer throughout the resort, requiring social distancing in all public areas, limiting Renaissance Island boats to 10 guests and more.