What do you think?

Of course. Aruba is living to see visitors come back to the island. It is our main economic pillar and we would love to see them back ASAP, but under certain conditions, sending out a message that we care about their health and that we care about locals, shielding them from a possible new outbreak.

So, the core issue is, to demand or forgo a Covid19 health certificate.

Other options include the airport, in charge of taking everyone’s temperature upon arrival, and performing some screening.

Or perhaps the airport should test all arriving passengers?

That would be expensive but the costs may be split between AAA, ATA and AHATA?

The easiest of course would be for the airport to demand a certified proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 48 hours of boarding a flights.

The way we do it with passengers from South America and Yellow Fever.

But coronavirus test are not as easy to come by in the USA, and they might be costly.

If the island demands a negative test result upon arrival it could then reward those who had to pay for the procedure, with an added-value perk? That’s nice. It cost you extra money to come here, but you got something extra for your trouble, and you know Aruba is safe.  

Or should we just open and risk another outbreak, but make it easy on visitors to return, kick-start our stagnant economy.

But if we think about our locals first, and make the process corona-proof, we will prevent another outbreak, but make it super-inconvenient for visitors.

Should we trust that those who want to travel, are Covid19 free? God forbid if they get sick, they can cost us $1M in health care expenses, if they do not carry Covid19 health insurance, and can’t pay.

Besides? Is there such a thing as Covid19 health insurance?


This is what Timeout reports: Aruba has not set a date to reopen, but hopes to welcome back tourists between June 15 and July 2020. It has also revealed new health protocols to keep both tourists and residents safe. The Aruba Health & Happiness Code is a cleaning and hygiene certification program that will be mandatory for all tourism-related businesses. Upon arrival at the airport in Aruba, travelers can expect to undergo new screening measures including temperature checks. 

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May 23, 2020
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