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Aruba ED Card

Written By: Mohak Nahta
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Oct 15, 2021

6 min read


Aruba is finally reopening its borders in phases for tourists from specific countries to visit the island. All the tourists coming to Aruba will have to fill up an online Embarkation/Disembarkation card, which the Aruban government should approve. The ED form should be completed within 72 hours or at least 4 hours before the journey.

Important Update as of October 1, 2021

The Aruba authorities are facing a massive backlog in ED card applications due to increased tourism in the summer, leading to last-minute flight cancellations. We recommend using Atlys to get your Aruba ED card on time.

How to Get an Aruba ED Card on Atlys

It's best to use Atlys to quickly get your Aruba ED Card.    

Online Embarkation/Disembarkation Card Process

You will have to complete the embarkation and disembarkation card online by going to Aruba's official portal. It is mandatory to fill the ED card for all travelers, be it infants, minors, adults. Some users faced the problem of website glitches and were taken to a “DENIED” screen mid-application. As a solution, please disable your chrome extensions and delete your browser history. Then go back to the ED card website and you should be able to complete it without any issues.

First Section of Aruba ED Card

In the first section of the ED card, you will find two options: Resident of Aruba and Non-Resident of Aruba. Out of the two, choose the Non-Resident option if you are a tourist.  


Initial Details

Once you click the ‘Non-Resident’ option on the first section, a popup dialog will appear asking you to provide the arrival date (make sure the date is 72 hours before the journey). Click the Continue button to reveal the second section. In this section, you will have to provide your name, passport number, type of passport, email address, phone number, etc.  


Personal Details

The third section of the ED card requires you to provide your personal information: gender, employment, permanent address, etc.  


Information of Flight

In the fourth section of the Aruba ED card, you will have to provide the flight details like the airline's name, departure date, name of the accommodation, the number of times visited the island, etc.  


Health Information Exclusive to Covid-19

You will be required to answer the health questions relative to Covid-19 in the fifth section of the ED card. There are four unique questions, including four options for the PCR test in this section. Choose a valid option out of the four available.  


Terms and Conditions

The sixth section of the ED card consists of ten terms and conditions that you will have to confirm. You cannot take or bring more than 20,000 Alf. or $11,000 currencies out of Aruba. However, if you would like to, you can do so by providing a specific reason to the customs department of Aruba and wait for the approval.  


Payment for Health Insurance

You will have to purchase health insurance for $30 before traveling to Aruba. All tourists are required to purchase this insurance due to the current Covid-19 situation. The seventh section will complete the ED Card application process, at which point tourists will receive an email confirmation with approval to travel to Aruba according to the country's turn-around time.  


After you pay, you'll get a QR code. The color depends on the age of the traveler.

Other Required Documentation

Along with the ED card, travelers must also carry other verifying documents such as:

  • Passport - Make sure there is a valid visa sticker if you hold a passport from an Aruban visa required country
  • A valid return- or future destination ticket
  • Necessary documents for returning to the country of origin/country that a traveler has the right to enter. For example, a valid residence permit (temporary or permanent)
  • If requested by the migration officer, the traveler needs a valid reservation for accommodation in Aruba (e.g. hotel or apartment), or property ownership in Aruba (a residence, condominium, apartment, timeshare apartment, etc.)
  • If requested by the migration officer, the traveler needs to provide adequate financial means to provide for hotel expenses (if applicable) and living expenses during his/her stay or that he/she has a declaration of guarantee from a legal resident of Aruba.

What If Aruba ED Card Website is Down?

Several times, the official website is not working for extended hours. This has led to travelers missing their flights as airlines cannot let you board without an approved ED Card. In such cases, the best option is to use Atlys, which integrates with the ED Card Portal and is available even when the website is down.

Aruba Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for yourself or every member of your family at a cost of $30 when completing the Embarkation/Disembarkation card of Aruba. The insurance coverage includes:

  • The maximum coverage offered by the official Aruba health insurance: up to $75000.
  • Transportation coverage for a Covid-19 infected patient: up to $350.
  • The insurance covers hospital costs such as specialist fees, nurses, X-Rays, etc.
  • The person taking this insurance can take a maximum of four Covid19 tests which are medically necessary, costing $75 per test. This does not include the first and last test upon arrival and departure.
  • Doctor Consultation coverage of $500.
  • This insurance covers the intensive care unit cost for the treatment of a person infected with Covid-19.
  • A Covid-19 positive person can get a coverage of $125 for up to fourteen days of quarantine.

You can read a traveler's experience testing positive in Aruba.

Covid-19 Protocols in Aruba

The Aruba government has put in place new Covid-19 protocols since May 10th. These protocols will be followed by all the residents and tourists of this island. Some of the new protocols that have been established are as follows:

  • Every shop or store should be closed by 11.00 pm.
  • Between 7.30 pm to 5.00 am, beaches and parking lots are closed
  • Eight people can sit together in an indoor restaurant,
  • Ten people can sit together if the restaurant has an outdoor area. (This rule is not applicable for children below 12 years)
  • All people and travelers must wear masks at public places, transports, and establishments like museums, retail stores, and many such sites.
  • All people and travelers must wear masks at public places, transports, and establishments like museums, retail stores, and many such sites.

Requirement of Negative Covid-19 Test Result for US Citizens

United States citizens must supply a negative PCR or antigen Covid-19 test before boarding a flight to their home country 72 hours before departing from Aruba. The cost of a PCR test in Aruba ranges from $75 to $125, while the antigen test is between $40 to $50. You can take any of the two Covid-19 tests at your accommodation (if they allow), or you can take an appointment or do walk-ins at a testing center.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the ED card checked? The ED card is checked twice; first, the airline will assess it during the departure, and second, the authorities will inspect the card after your arrival in Aruba.

Why are Covid-19 compliance cards given to tourists during arrival? The Covid-19 compliance cards, that are given to tourists upon arrival, inform tourists of the Covid-19 protocols followed in Aruba. They should be given at the accommodation when asked.

How long can I stay in Aruba? The maximum period of time that a tourist can stay is 30 days. The total amount of days a tourist who applies for an extension of stay, cannot exceed 180 days per year.

For more questions, head to the Aruba ED Card community.


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