Aruba is welcoming tourists from the United States again. Starting July 10th, the island will begin to welcome tourists with a modified entry process that includes testing requirements for COVID-19. While there is still some reduced tourism, US airlines are resuming flights to the island.
Flights from Aruba to the US
From six airports in the United States, passengers will be able to find nonstop service to the island. JetBlue, American, Delta, and United are all resuming services to Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA), the main international airport in Aruba.
JetBlue is starting up daily flights between New York-JFK and Aruba (AUA). From Boston (BOS), the airline is running five weekly services through July. From August, Boston to Aruba flights will increase to daily flights. In addition, in August, JetBlue will run four weekly flights to Fort Lauderdale (FLL).
American Airlines will fly from two of its largest hubs to Aruba. From the carrier’s principal Caribbean hub in Miami (MIA), AA will fly daily roundtrips. Out of Charlotte (CLT), one of the airline’s largest domestic hubs, American will operate five weekly flights to Aruba. In August, Miami to Aruba is scheduled to go up to two flights per day.
Delta will start six weekly flights between Atlanta (ATL) and Aruba. This is scheduled to go up to daily in August. And, daily flights from New York-JFK to Aruba will resume in August as well.
United Airlines will fly to Newark-Liberty International (EWR) from Aruba with daily flights. Next month, once-weekly flights will start up from Houston-Intercontinental (IAH) to Aruba.
Spirit Airlines will start with once-weekly flights from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba.
Late fall and winter flights
From October, American anticipates adding once-weekly flights from Aruba to Dallas. Then in December, one of the prime getaway months for a beach retreat, American will add daily flights to Philadelphia.
In November, Southwest will resume flights from Baltimore (BWI) daily. Sun Country Airlines will begin once-weekly services from Minneapolis (MSP) in late December.
Airline scheduling at this point remains fluid. Depending on demand and any potential entry restrictions, airlines may reduce flights or else add additional ones.
Aruba is instituting different measures for US travelers, depending on where they reside. Residents from the following states will be able to travel to Aruba if they take a PCR test and upload their negative results as part of the online embarkation/disembarkation process within the 72-hour period before their departure time. The results must be uploaded at least 12-hours before departure. If a test result is not uploaded, passengers will not be able to enter Aruba. This is in effect for the following states:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
The rest of the states, travelers can upload negative PCR within 72-hours of departure for Aruba. Or else, visitors residing in the states not listed above can take a PCR test on arrival at Aruba at their own expense.
Aruba is working on reopening. However, depending on the situation in the US, additional states may be added or withdrawn from the above list. It is best to double-check your entry requirements before departure in case of a change.
Note that Queen Beatrix International Airport also offers US preclearance facilities. This allows passengers to arrive in the US as domestic passengers, which reduces connecting time.
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