The border closure will be extended by three months from March 10, 2020, until June 10, 2020.
Both Aruba and other nearby countries have seen a large influx of illegal migrants from Venezuela. This puts enormous pressure on the already limited capacity and resources of the countries. The risks associated with the outbreak of the new coronavirus should also be taken into account, which means Aruba has to be more careful. Aruba currently needs to address the challenges of asylum applications, in particular abuse by some applicants of the asylum process for immigration purposes.
This week a meeting with the delegations of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Venezuela was held in Curacao. This meeting was convened on the request of the Netherlands and Venezuela to look into the possibility of opening the border. Aruba is cautious in this regard and would like for Venezuela itself to attend the crisis in their country.