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Published on Monday, June 15, 2020

Aruba starts phased tourism reopening






Aruba has begun a phased reopening and is now welcoming travelers, but not Americans yet.


From June 15 it is allowing visitors from Bonaire and Curacao to enter.


Then from July 1, travelers from the most of the Caribbean region, Europe and Canada will be welcomed.


US travelers will have to wait until July 10.


Travelers from Dominican Republic and Haiti are still banned due to the high rate of infections there.


Minister of tourism Dangui Oduber admits that letting US travelers in is a 'calculated risk,' but the economy is highly dependent on US tourism dollars.


"As we prepare to reopen our borders, Aruba has put in place advanced public health procedures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 on the island," said Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.


"We have taken careful and deliberate steps to assess the current situation and make certain it is as safe as possible."


Aruba is putting limits on visitor numbers at certain tourist attractions during peak times to encourage individuals and tour groups to visit at quieter times during the day.


There are also strict social distancing measures in place in public areas.


Aruba's borders have been closed since early March.


Before arrival all arrivals must have a negative Covid-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours before and must upload the results online.


They must also fill out a health declaration form.


Passengers without valid test results will be forced to take a test on arrival and must spend 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel pending the results.

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