We’re hoping to be able to take you to Aruba again soon, but due to current restrictions we’re unable to travel here. For the latest guidance visit the FCDO website or check out our Travel Alerts page.
We’ve got your back
Our COVID Cover’s included as standard on all First Choice holidays due to depart by 30th April 2020. And, our COVID Cover is included on holidays departing on or before 31st October 2021, if the trip’s booked between 26th December 2020 and 28th February 2021. Having this means you can change your booking for free if you get COVID-19 before your holiday, or if you’re officially required to isolate prior to your travel dates. This also applies if your local area goes into lockdown over the dates you are due to depart. An AXA Holiday to Home insurance policy is also part of the package. This sorts you out for medical assistance abroad, testing costs and a flight home for treatment if you need it. T&Cs apply.
On your flight and at your hotel
Flights for most First Choice holidays are with TUI, our sister company. They’ve got a heap of new measures in place to keep you safe. We’re talking regular deep-cleaning, online check-in and rules around face masks. We’re keeping a close eye on our hotels, too, to make sure they’re squeaky-clean and properly prepped before re-opening their doors. Find out more about what to expect on your First Choice holiday.
THE FIRST CHOICE HOLIDAY PROMISE
- COVID Cover on selected holidays
- 24-hour support while you’re away
- Refund guarantee if we cancel your holiday due to COVID-19
- Approved testing partners
- Flexible options if your holiday can’t go ahead
Find out more about our promise, as well as everything we’re doing to keep you safe, on our Travel With Confidence hub.
Here are the main things you need to be aware of.
|Social distancing distance||Social distancing is encouraged around Aruba, but there’s no official distance in place. No groups of more than four people are allowed to gather in public spaces.|
|Face mask requirements for adults||All visitors need to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport, including buses and taxis. You also need to wear a mask in the airport when you arrive, on your transfer, and in your hotel until you get to your room. It’s strongly advised to wear a mask in any areas where social distancing isn’t possible.|
|Face mask requirements for children||All visitors need to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and on public transport, including buses and taxis. You also need to wear a mask in the airport when you arrive, on your transfer, and in your hotel until you get to your room. It’s strongly advised to wear a mask in any areas where social distancing isn’t possible.|
|Pre-departure forms and testing requirements||You need to complete an Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) Card and get a COVID-19 molecular test before travelling to Aruba.
Find out more about Aruba entry requirements.
Here’s what you can expect while you’re out and about in Aruba
|Beaches||Beaches are open, but the government advises against large gatherings and encourages social distancing.|
|Restaurants and bars||Restaurants will have to display the official Aruba Health & Happiness Code seal, which means they’ve taken the required safety measures to serve food and drinks. All restaurants have to close by 11pm. Tables are limited to four seats, excluding children under 12, and must be 1.5 metres apart. All bars, rum shops, and nightclubs are closed until further notice. Restaurant bars can serve at tables only, and hotel bars can only serve hotel guests.|
|Sights||Bus and jeep tours will operate with smaller group sizes, and there’ll be socially distanced seating on boat, snorkel and scuba excursions. Visitor numbers at Arikok National Park will be closely monitored, and social distancing’s encouraged at its sites and trails.
There’s a curfew in place from midnight to 5am each day.
|Supermarkets||Supermarkets will be open, but you’ll need to wear a mask while you’re inside.|
|Other facilities||Retail stores will be open for business, but will have to display the official Aruba Health & Happiness Code seal. Social distancing will be in place, and the number of people in each shop will be monitored.|
Here’s the key information on getting to Aruba
|Flights with TUI||Check in for your flight on the TUI or First Choice App or online. Check-in opens 72 hours before your flight, and closes three hours before departure. You’ll be asked to certify that you’re fit to travel.|
Here are your options for travelling within Aruba
|Car rental||Car rental agencies will clean, sanitise and disinfect all vehicles before and after each use.|
|Public transport||Social distancing is in place on public transport and there’ll be hand sanitiser when you board. All visitors need to wear a mask on public transport.|
|Hiking||Not yet known, we’re working on it.|
|Biking||Not yet known, we’re working on it.|
For more information, take a look at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice on travelling to Aruba.
Read the full FCDO advice here