From April 15, 2021, the Dutch Kingdom will no longer require their Caribbean islands to do the pre-screening in the Visa process.
Prior to the pandemic, travelers had to apply for a visa at the Dutch Embassy in their country of origin.
No more visas were issued during the pandemic. In September 2020 they started a pre-start phase 1 of the visa issuance. During this phase, only visa applications from vital or essential travelers who fell under the following categories were processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands:
- Persons who have received a VTA (temporary admission to Aruba) when moving to Aruba.
- MICE travelers who visit for meetings, incentives, conferences and or exhibitions.
- Business and / or commercial travel or travelers with an economic mission.
- Real estate owners in Aruba (owners of houses, apartments and / or timeshares).
Visitors wishing to enter Aruba for tourism and coming from countries requiring a visa can now apply for their visa directly from April 15, 2021 at the embassy in their country of origin, following the prior procedure.
The COVID-19 restrictions and admission requirements in the Dutch Caribbean Islands vary from island to island and are constantly changing. For more information about the applicable terms and conditions for Aruba, please visit: https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements. Travelers have a responsibility to be well informed about the current situation. More information about the conditions for applying for a visa can be found at www.nederlandwereldwereld.nl, www.paisesbajos.nl and on the website of each embassy.