How to get Aruba tourist visa

Are you planning to go to Aruba on tourism? You might need to get Aruba tourist visa

I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the Aruba tourist visa

Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to Aruba: No.

Visa required for non-U.S. citizens before you go to Aruba: If you are on this list, you need to get a visa to visit Aruba. If you need a visa to travel to Aruba, you can get one at an embassy or consulate of the Netherlands.

1
Find your closest consulate

Aruba has a pretty cool visa tool that enables you to determine what kind of visa you need for Aruba.

2
Gather documentation
  • The official list of required documents if you are applying from North America or the Caribbean is posted here. Go to the section that says “Mandatory Documents.” Gather the documents that apply to the Tourist Visa for Aruba.
  • The main difference with this visa is that you will need to submit confirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number and/or proof of group travel participation.
  • If you are not applying from within North America or the Caribbean, go to the website of your consulate from Step 1 above.
3
Visa fee
  • Go to your consulate or embassy website (see step 1) for the latest fees.
4
Submit materials
  • Submit your materials from Step 2 and visa fee from Step 3 to the consulate or embassy.
  • All Dutch diplomatic missions require visitors to schedule an appointment via the Dutch appointment system to apply in person.
  • If you want to have your visa and passport mailed back to you, follow the mailing instructions here.
  • If you are not applying from within North America or the Caribbean, go to step 1 to find your consulate or embassy website.
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Receive your visa

Congratulations! You will soon get your Aruba visa!

Processing time for visa applications can vary widely.

If you want to stay longer than the days you were granted on your visa, you can apply at the office of DIMAS for an extension.

Departamento di Integracion, Maneho y Admision di Stranhero (DIMAS)
The Directorate of Alien Integration, Policy and Admission Wilhelminastraat
31-33 Oranjestad, Aruba

The form for extending your visa is posted here at the DIMAS website.

You can file your extension application at DIMAS.

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Vaccination information

Don’t get sick!  Check vaccination requirements here.

 

Requirements for Aruba tourist visa

For persons who want to visit Aruba as a tourist, the following applies. 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, 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 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.

Duration of admission for Aruba tourist visa

The maximum period of time that a person can be admitted to Aruba as a tourist is in principle 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 consecutive days;
  • nationals from the countries mentioned in list A and visa required persons who are exempt from the visa requirement, 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-share, 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 costs incurred 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.
    • The migration officer 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-card upon admission, he or she can apply at the office of Dimas for an extension for up to 180 days if applicable. The form for tourist stay extension is available at the office of the DIMAS, and can also be downloaded. An application for an extension of stay can be filed at the DIMAS from Monday to Thursday, from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. There is no filing fee for a tourist extension application.

The following documents have to be presented:

  • original 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;
  • copy Embarkation-Disembarkation card (ED-card);
  • copy valid return ticket;
  • copy 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.

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