Aruba

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Advisories

Advisories

Aruba - Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Aruba. Exercise normal security precautions.

Travel Health Notice - Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Health Notice for the Global Update: Zika virus infection recommending that Canadians practice special health precautions while travelling in affected countries. Pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant should avoid travel to Aruba. See Health for more information.

Security

Security

Crime

Petty crime occurs in Aruba, especially in areas frequented by tourists such as the district of San Nicolas. Ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times, and carry a photocopy of your passport’s identification. Never leave valuables such as jewelry, cell phones, electronics, wallets or bags unattended on the beach or in your vehicle. Avoid unpopulated areas and unpatrolled beaches after dark. Check with local authorities to identify patrolled beaches.

Road travel

Major roads are in good condition, but road signs are rare and can be different from those in Canada. Wandering animals are a hazard on inland roads. Driving is on the right side of the road; turning right on red lights is prohibited. Roads can become slippery after a rain.

Public transportation

Taxis are not metered; they operate on a flat rate by destination set by the government. Despite the regulated price, agree on a fare prior to departure. Taxis are discernable from the “TX” marking on the license plate.

There is a reliable daily bus service between the hotel areas and several main districts.

Air travel

The Government of Canada does not assess foreign domestic airlines’ compliance with international aviation safety standards. See Foreign domestic airlines for more information.

Water sports

If you are planning to take part in water sports such as scuba diving, jetskiing or parasailing, upgrade your travel insurance coverage to include coverage for adventure travel before you leave Canada.

Entry/exit requirements

Entry/exit requirements

It is the sole prerogative of every country or territory to determine who is allowed to enter or exit. Canadian consular officials cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet entry or exit requirements. The following information has been obtained from the Dutch authorities and is subject to change at any time. The country- or territory-specific entry/exit requirements are provided on this page for information purposes only. While every effort is made to provide accurate information, information contained here is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided. It is your responsibility to check with the Royal Netherlands Embassy and its consulates for up-to-date information.

Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.

Passport

Canadians must present a passport to visit to visit Aruba, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Prior to travelling, ask your transportation company about its requirements related to passport validity, which may be more stringent than the country's entry rules.

Permanent residents of Canada must travel with their permanent resident card and a valid passport from their country of origin. 

Temporary passport holders may be subject to different entry requirements. Check with diplomatic representatives for up-to-date information.

Visas

Tourist visa: Not required (for stays of 30 days or less)
Business visa: Not required
Work permit: Required
Student visa: Required

Canadians can stay in Aruba without a visa for a maximum of 30 days.

Other requirements

A return or onward ticket, proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay, and proof of health insurance (or travel insurance that includes health coverage) are required to enter Aruba.

You must have a completely filled-in and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card), which can be completed, upon booking your travel, online at ED-card Aruba.

Airport tax

An airport tax is payable upon departure and is usually included in the airline ticket price.

Children and travel

Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. See Children for more information.

Yellow fever

See Health to obtain information on this country’s vaccination requirements.

Health

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and is common in most parts of the world. Be sure your measles vaccination is up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among pediatric travellers, travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives or travelling for a long period of time. Travellers at high risk visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care provider about vaccination.


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malariaWest Nile virus and Zika virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Chikungunya

There is currently an outbreak of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a viral disease spread through the bite of an infected mosquito that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. Protect yourself from mosquito bites, particularly around sunrise and sunset. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • The risk of dengue is higher during the daytime, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.
Zika Virus

Locally acquired mosquito-associated Zika virus is currently being reported in this country. Zika virus infection is primarily spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause fever, rash, and joint pain. It can also be transmitted through blood, semen and from an infected pregnant woman to her developing baby. Most people do not develop symptoms and recover fully without severe complications. There is scientific consensus that Zika virus infection is a cause of both microcephaly and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Other neurological disorders have also been associated with Zika virus infection. Protect yourself from mosquito bites in daylight and evening hours. There is no vaccine for Zika virus infection. 


Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.


Medical services and facilities

Medical care is generally good and medical facilities are well-equipped. Hospitals offer several classes of service. Patients are accommodated according to the level of their insurance coverage and ability to pay. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and medical evacuation, if required. Contact your insurance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

There is no decompression chamber on the island.

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

Laws & culture

Laws & culture

You are subject to local laws. See Arrest and detention for more information.

Aruba is a country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

By Dutch law, you must always carry identification. You should have a copy of your passport with you at all times.

The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless it is fitted with a hands-free device, and is punishable by a fine.

An International Driving Permit is recommended.

It is against the law to ride in a car (or taxi) with a child under the age of five if they are not properly restrained in a child safety device.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Aruba. However, Canadian officials may be limited in their ability to provide you with consular services if local authorities consider you a Dutch citizen. You should always travel using your valid Canadian passport and present yourself as Canadian to foreign authorities at all times to minimize this risk. You may also need to carry and present a Dutch passport for legal reasons, for example to enter and exit the country (see Entry/exit requirements to determine passport requirements). Citizenship is determined solely by national laws, and the decision to recognize dual citizenship rests completely with the country in which you are located when seeking consular assistance. See Travelling as a dual citizen for more information.

Dual citizens may be subject to national obligations such as taxes. Those affected should inquire at an embassy or consulate of the Netherlands regarding their status.

Rentals

Purchase insurance when renting motorboats, jet skis and vehicles. Ensure that you obtain detailed information, in writing, regarding personal liability.

Investments

If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in Aruba, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in Aruba before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.

Money

The currency is the Aruban florin (AWG). U.S. dollars, traveller’s cheques in U.S. dollars and credit cards are widely accepted. You may convert foreign currencies at all major banks and numerous exchange facilities. Automated banking machines are available throughout the country.

Natural disasters & climate

Natural disasters & climate

Hurricane Season

The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.

Aruba is located in an active seismic zone.

Assistance

Assistance

Local services

Emergency services

In case of emergency,dial:

  • police: 100
  • medical assistance: 911
  • firefighters: 911

Consular assistance

There is no resident Canadian government office in Aruba. You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information from the Embassy of Canada in Caracas, Venezuela.

Caracas - Embassy of Canada
Street AddressAvenida Francisco de Miranda con Avenida Altamira Sur, Altamira, Caracas 1060, VenezuelaPostal AddressP.O. Box 62302, Embassy of Canada, Caracas 1060, VenezuelaTelephone+58 212 600 3000 / +58 212 264 0833Fax+58 212 261 8741Emailcrcas@international.gc.caInternetwww.venezuela.gc.caServicesPassport Services AvailableFacebookEmbassy of Canada to VenezuelaTwitter@CanEmbVenezuela

For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Caracas, Venezuela, and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.


The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad. In the event of a large-scale emergency, every effort will be made to provide assistance. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

See Large-scale emergencies abroad for more information.

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