REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO ARUBA AS A TOURIST
Persons who are considered a tourist are those who travel to Aruba for one of the following purposes: vacation
and relaxation, sport, health reasons, family matters, study, religious purposes or a business visit. During their stay in Aruba tourists are not allowed to work.
Upon arrival in Aruba a tourist must have:
a passport that is valid upon entry and for the duration of stay in Aruba. If the tourist holds a passport from a visa required country (list A), he must have a valid visa sticker in his passport;
a completely filled-in and signed Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card);
a valid return - or onward ticket;
the necessary documents for returning to the country of origin or to a country that he has the right to enter, for example a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent), a re-entry permit or a (entry)visa;
if so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer that he has a valid reservation for an accommodation in Aruba (e.g. hotel or apartment) or that he owns
property in Aruba (a residence, condominium, apartment, timeshare apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters measured on the water line);
if so requested, the tourist has to be able to prove to the satisfaction of the migration officer to dispose
of adequate financial means to provide for hotel expenses (if applicable) and living expenses during his
stay or that he has a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of Aruba.
The final authorization for admission to Aruba remains with the migration officer at the border - crossing/port of entry. The
migration authorities at the border
crossing/port of entry have the authority to grant or refuse
admission. Admission can be refused if not all admission requirements are fulfilled by the time of entering
Aruba or if the tourist has been blacklisted.
The maximum period of time that a person can be admitted to Aruba as a to
urist is 30 days. The total amount
of days a person can stay in Aruba, as a tourist cannot exceed 180 days per year.
Extension of stay upon entry
Upon entry in Aruba, the following persons can apply for an extension of their stay for more than 30 days but
not exceeding 180 days:
nationals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can request an extension of their stay for up to 180
nationals from the countries mentioned in list A and visa required persons who are exempt from the
t, can request an extension of their stay for up to 180 consecutive days, if:
they have property in Aruba, i.e. a house, condominium, apartment, time
apartment or a pleasure yacht moored in Aruba with a length of at least 14 meters
measured from the
water line. They must show proof of ownership of the property.
For a stay of up to 180 days.
If they don’t have property in Aruba, they must have a declaration of guarantee from
a resident of Aruba who will act as guarantor for and be liable for any cost
during their stay. The guarantor in Aruba can download the declaration of guarantee
from our website, following the procedures to have it legalized and sent it to the
visitor abroad; the tourist can request for a stay of up to 90 days.
tion officer, can grand an extension for up to 90 days if he is satisfied that
the visitor has sufficient funds to cover his extended stay.
All tourists who apply for an extension of their stay beyond 30 days are required to have travel insurance
(medical and liability) valid for the duration of the extended stay.
If a tourist wants to stay longer then the number of days granted by the immigration officer on the ED
admission, he or she can apply at the office of Dimas for an extension for up to 1
80 days if applicable. The form for a tourist stay extension is available at the office of the DIMAS, and can also be downloaded from
www.dimasaruba.com. An application for an extension of stay can be filed at the DIMAS from Monday to
Thursday, from 7:30 to 11:30 and 2:30PM to 4:00PM and on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30. There is no filing fee for a tourist extension application.
The following documents have to be presented:
application form for extension
of tourist stay;
copy of the profile page and all the written and stamped pages of the petitioner’s passport, valid for
at least another 3 months when the extension is applied for;
Disembarkation card (ED
copy valid return ticket;
opy of travel insurance (medical and liability) valid for the duration of the extended stay;
if the petitioner is not staying at his own private residence or at a hotel/resort, he needs to present a declaration of guarantee from a resident of Aruba who will act as guarantor for their stay.
Anyone wanting to stay longer than 180 days in Aruba will need a residence permit and will not be considered a tourist.
Nationals of one of the following countries need a visa to travel to Aruba:
Cape Verde Islands
Central Africa Rep.
China (People's Rep.)
Moldova (Rep. of)
Northern Mariana Isl.
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome and Principe
United Arab Emirates
Visa required persons exempted from the visa requirement
The following persons, who normally require a visa, are exempt from this requirement:
holders of a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent) from:
another part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands;
the United States of America;
The Schengen Territory
Colombian or Jamaican nationals who are holders of a valid
for the United States of
America, Canada, The Schengen Territory (Schengen Visa), United Kingdom or Ireland.
those who are continuing (in transit) to a third country within 24 hours or within the same day by
aircraft, and holding tickets with reserved seats and all documents required for onward journey;
those who arrive by aircraft to board a cruise ship or vice versa (in transit), for a period of maximum 24 hours;
cruise ship passengers if they disembark in Aruba as part of their cruise, for a period of maximum 24 hours;
children younger than 12 years old, don’t need a visa if they are traveling with a parent or guardian;
holders of a diplomatic passport, being nationals of Albania, Bolivia, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Chad,
Indonesia, Jamaica, Macedonia, Malawi, Morocco, Moldova, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru, Russian
Federation, Senegal, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, Tunisia, Turkey or the United Arab Emirates;
holders of a service passport, being nationals of Bolivia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malawi, Morocco, Peru, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.
holders of passports or laissez passer issued by the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations or one of its agencies;
the crew members of vessels or aircrafts mooring or landing in Aruba for commercial purposes, and who
don’t pose a threat for the public order and safety of the island or the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This category is exempt from the visa requirement for a period of admission of up to 48 hours.
Where and how to apply for a visa
required tourists need to apply for and have a visitor visa
coming to Aruba. The visa must be applied
for in per
son at an embassy or consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (diplomatic mission). In some
countries certain approved travel agencies can apply for a visa on behalf of their customers.
For more information about the visa requirements, to apply for a visa for Aruba,
and for information on appointments/opening hours,
the tourist can contact a consulate or embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
in his country of residence or visit the websites of the Embassy or consulates concerned.
For address information and websites of Dutch diplomatic missions abroad, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
When do you need an invitation/declaration of guarantee?
A visa - required tourist needs a declaration of guarantee/invitation to apply for a visa if he has been invited to
participate in a sports event by an organization on Aruba or if he’ll be staying at the home of a relative or an
acquaintance. The person or organization in Arub a who will act as guarantor for the tourist’s stay has to declare
that they’ll guarantee all costs than can arise from the short stay of the tourist in Aruba. The guarantor is responsible for sending the declaration of guarantee/invitation to the visa
required tourist. Please note that having the declaration doesn’t mean that the visa will be issued. It is only one of the requirements that the visa
applicant has to submit.
The declaration of guarantee/invitation form is available at the office of the DIM
AS and can also be downloaded from www.dimasaruba.com , as well as the instructions about the relevant procedure.
Persons who want to live and work on Aruba must have a valid residence permit from the Directorate of Alien
Integration, Policy and Admission(DIMAS).
For more information contact:
Tel. (297) 522 1500
Fax (297) 522 1505
No rights can be claimed from the contents of this document.
The requirements may be adjusted without previous notice.
August 08, 2012