Visa procedure resumes to normal on April 15, 2021

ORANJESTAD - Starting April 15 2021 the Dutch Kingdom will no longer require their Caribbean islands to do the pre-screening in the Visa process.  

Before the pandemic, travelers had to apply for a visa at the Dutch Embassy in their country of origin.

  • During the pandemic, Visas were no longer emitted; 
  • In September 2020, they initiated a pre-start phase 1 of the visa emission. During this phase, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands was processing all visa requests from vital or essential travelers resorting under the following categories;
  • Individuals who received a VTA (temporary admission to Aruba) when moving to Aruba;
  • M.I.C.E travelers visiting for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and or Exhibitions.
  • Business and or commercial-related traveling or travelers on economic missions;
  • Property owners in Aruba (owners of homes, condos, and or timeshare).

Visitors who wish to be allowed entrance to Aruba for tourism, and coming from countries that require a visa, can now apply for their visa directly at the embassy in their country of origin, starting April 15, 2021, according to the pre COVID procedure.

The COVID-19 restrictions and admission conditions at the Dutch Caribbean Islands vary from island to island and change constantly. For more information on the applicable conditions for Aruba, please visit https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements . Travelers have the responsibility to be well informed of the current situation. More information about the applicable conditions when applying for a visa can be found on www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl , www.paisesbajos.nl, and on each embassy‚Äôs website.

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