On May 10, 2019, Prime Minister Wever Croes signed a decree and announced the closure of the Aruba - Venezuela border.
The initial period of the border closure was set for one month to evaluate the situation. The situation was assessed and the decision was made to extend the closure with three more months. The situation in Venezuela will be carefully monitored and evaluated in the coming months and a decision will be made either to keep it closed or to open the border with the neighboring country.
According to the law, the border cannot be closed for an indefinite period but should be set for a certain duration and should include a justification for the closure.
The Government needs to handle this matter according to law.
The Prime Minister of Aruba was in contact with the Prime Minister of Curacao, Eugene Rhuggenaath and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok for the past weeks and they all are on the same page as regards the prolongation of the border closure.
The border closure will be extended from June 10 onward with three months.