U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport (with at least 6 months before it expires) to enter Aruba. Citizens of a member country of the European Union need a passport and an E.U. Travel Card. A valid passport is required of all other nationalities. When you arrive in Aruba, be prepared to show an onward or return ticket or proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
Before leaving home, make two copies of your passport, driver's license, airline ticket, and hotel vouchers. Leave one copy with someone at home; carry the other with you separately from your passport. If you lose your papers, you'll be glad you took the trouble.
Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and E.U. nationals can stay in Aruba for up to 1 month without a visa. Timeshare and home owners are allowed to stay on island up to 180 days. If you plan to stay longer, get a visa application from DIMAS (The Department of Immigration; tel. 297/522-1500; www.dimasaruba.com) or at a Dutch embassy or consulate.
Aruba Customs regulations allow incoming visitors to bring articles for personal use. Persons 19 and over can also bring in 2.25 liters of wine, 3 liters of beer, or 1 liter of liquor and 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and or 250 grams of tobacco.
For information on what you're allowed to take home, contact one of the following agencies:
U.S. Citizens: U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20229 (tel. 877/287-8667; www.cbp.gov).
Canadian Citizens: Canada Border Services Agency (tel. 800/461-9999 in Canada, or 204/983-3500; www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca).
U.K. Citizens: HM Customs & Excise (tel. 0845/010-9000; or 020/8929-0152 from outside the U.K.; www.hmce.gov.uk).
Australian Citizens: Australian Customs Service (tel. 1300/363-263; www.customs.gov.au).
New Zealand Citizens: New Zealand Customs, the Customhouse, 17-21 Whitmore St., P.O. Box 2218, Wellington (tel. 04/473-6099 or 0800/428-786; www.customs.govt.nz).
There are no vaccinations required for entry to Aruba, Bonaire, or Curaçao.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.