Restrictive Travel Advisories – COVID-19

Are There Any Restrictive Travel Advisories for Aruba Because Of Coronavirus?

The vast majority of Aruba’s visitors is from North America, namely from the USA and Canada. The USA’s Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continuously issues and updates Travel Health Notices for certain countries where the CDC found reasons to warn or alert US residents about the health risks involved with traveling to such foreign countries. Similarly, Canada’s ‘Travel Advice and Advisories’ web page is the Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information about countries worldwide. Hence, both mentioned sources of travel advisories (by the CDC and by the Government of Canada) are very important for Aruba, as they may directly or indirectly affect the local tourism industry. On the other hand, the Government of Aruba may also issue travel advisories that restrict travel to Aruba from any other country.

Prestige hereby informs travelers that, as per the last update of this publication (see date at bottom of this page):
  • On March 13, 2020, two days after the WHO proclaimed the coronavirus as a pandemic, the Government of Canada issued an Official Global Travel Advisory, recommending its residents to “Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice“. Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisory for Aruba currently still remains to “take normal security precautions”, thereby literally defining this advisory for Aruba as: “There are no significant safety and security concerns. The overall safety and security situation is similar to that of Canada” 1; such until further notice.
  • On March 19, 2020, the US State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel Proclamation, advising “U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19” 2; such, until further notice.
  • On March 27, 2020,  the CDC has issued Warning Level 3 – Globally: Widespread ongoing transmission of a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel, thus, including to Aruba 3; such, until further notice.
  • Pursuant to the island’s inbound lock-down by the Government of Aruba since March 17, 2020 and its several period extensions during the past months, airline companies had or have to cancel all flights to Aruba, at least until the latest extension date of June 15, 2020. Some airlines in this regard have nonetheless decided, or may decide, to preemptively cancel all flights to Aruba until a substantially later date than June 15, 2020
  • On May 8, 2020, the Government of Aruba announced its plans (for Phase 4) to slowly reopen the borders of Aruba for tourists as of June 15, 2020. Many airlines (including from the USA and Canada) are already planning to restart flights to Aruba as of early July 2020.
  • On June 10, 2020, the government of Aruba officially announced that the country will reopen its borders and once again welcome inbound travel from certain countries, including from Canada (July 1st) and from the USA (July 10th).  Note: The government of Aruba has imposed strict traveler health requirements for entry into Aruba, in order to as much as possible avoid new influx and outbreak of the coronavirus on this ‘proven’ very safe, rather popular but also inherently vulnerable island 6.
  • As of the beginning of May 2020 till June 28, 2020, with ongoing testing Aruba registered no (= 0!) additional cases of Covid-19 and the total count of cases remained at 101 since the lock-down of its borders to that date; proclaiming Aruba temporarily as a Covid-free country. Nonetheless, with the pandemic still ongoing globally and with the re-opening of its borders, the re-influx of the virus on the island is seen as inevitable but now more controllable and better prepared for. On June 29th, two new positive cases were reported of recent local travelers to Aruba, who were still in their mandatory 14-day quarantine period 5.
  • Concurrently with the announcement of the reopening of Aruba’s borders, the Aruba Airport Authority published (and which will be continuously updated) on its website all information about those airlines from various countries that have already scheduled flights to Aruba 7.
  • Based on all the above described, Prestige Vacations Aruba since February 29, 2020 introduced a coronavirus-related Rebate Policy that mitigates ALL CANCELLATION FEES that may become applicable under its standard Terms & Conditions or under its reopening-related Temporary Moderate Cancellation Policy.

Sources:

  1. Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories – Official source of destination-specific travel information, e.g. related to the coronavirus.
  2. US Department of State Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel Proclamation related to the coronavirus.
  3. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Warning Level 3 Global Travel Health Notice related to the coronavirus.
  4. World Health Organization (WHO) – Find out more about countries that have coronavirus cases.
  5. ArubaCovid19.org – Official website by the Government of Aruba concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
  6. Aruba Traveler Health Requirements – Official advisory web-page by the Aruba Tourism Authority concerning coronavirus-related health requirements upon the reopening of Aruba’s borders for tourists (official detailed version).
    New Services and Policies – COVID-19 – Concise summary of the for our guests most important and relevant travel prerequisites of Aruba in general, and of the thereto related Prestige services and offers in particular.
  7. AirportAruba.com – Official website by Aruba Airport Authority concerning the tentative plans of certain airlines to resume Aruba-bound service as of June 15, 2020 onward.
This publication is compiled and updated by
Prestige Vacations Aruba
Last Update: June 29, 2020

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