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 Aruba - Formalities

Clearance

Fly the 'Q' flag once in Aruban waters until clearance is completed. The correct courtesy flag is that of the Netherlands, but a request can be made for an Aruban flag.

To clear in you MUST currently go to the commercial dock at Oranjestad NOT Barcadera Harbour. Full details on the location of the clearance dock can be found on the Oranjestad noonsite page.

On approach, call “Aruba Port Control” on VHF channel 16 (or 11). The port Captain will switch to channel 11 or 14. Then request permission to enter the harbour to clear Customs and Immigration. Everyone must remain on board until clearance is completed. Once berthed alongside, the officials will come to the boat.

There are only a couple of forms to complete. These can be downloaded and completed in advance - see Customs and Immigration below - although officials will arrive with plenty of blank forms.

Both agencies will arrive at your boat by car.

Customs will want you to fill out two identical forms, one for check-in, one for check-out. They will want clearance from last port, vessel documentation and your check-in form. They may do a quick search of your boat for firearms and spear guns, they hold spear guns until departure.

Immigration will want you to fill out one single crew list form, and a small card for each crew member. Give them the form, cards, passports, and a copy of vessel documentation.

Both agencies will take their required forms/documents/passports etc. to their offices and in a short time will return with your passports, documents and clearances.

Clearance is reported to be swift and efficient, and there are no clearance charges. However, if visiting during the cruise ship season (October - April) there may be longer waiting times.

When leaving the clearance dock, be sure to check first with Port Control for permission. Cruise ships have right of way here.

On departure, be sure to obtain clearance out of Aruba.

Last updated October 2017.

Aruba Port Authority
Port Administration Building , L.G. Smith Blvd. 23 , Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel:(297) 523-4300 Fax: (297) 523-4343 ,VHF Channel 16, 11
Call on approach to arrange clearance.

Immigration

Passports are required for all visitors.

The Immigration form (three copies will be required) for yacht crews can be downloaded at www.arubaports.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/immigration-form.pdf

Visa requirements:
Even though Aruba is now an autonomous country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, it has its own visas rules.

Citizens of the USA, Canada, U.K., Ireland and a Schengen Area country do not require a visa. .

Other nationalities should download entry requirements from http://www.aruba.com/sigma/Entry_Req-Eng.pdf.

The initial period of time that a person can be admitted to Aruba as a tourist is 30 days, however, a longer period can be requested on entry.  The total amount of days a person can stay in Aruba, as a tourist cannot exceed 180 days per year. For a list of nationalities who can extend their 30 day stay for up to 180 days, go to the above link.

If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, ask for an extension on entry.

Last updated January 2017.

Aruba Immigration
Tel:(297) 585-8200

Customs

The Customs form (two copies are needed) can be downloaded at www.arubaports.com/main/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Custom_clearance_English.pdf

If the yacht stays 180 days or less, a temporary import permit will need to be applied for. However, no deposit will be required.

This does not have to be done on arrival but your customs broker will have to start the process of the declaration no later than your second day on the island.

In practice, it appears that Customs officials do not expect a TIP if a yacht is staying 5 days or less as issuing the declaration takes up to 5 or 7 days to process.

Any time a yacht is stored in an official Customs Storage facility (i.e. the one at Varadero Caribe), storage time is not included in the 180 days.

If the yacht stays longer than 180 days, up to a year, a temporary import permit (TIP) will need to be applied for with payment of a deposit (or a bank guarantee) for the value of the duties for the yacht.

At the expiration of the TIP the yacht will have to leave the island for at least 15 days before a new temporary permit can be applied for.

If the yacht stays longer than a year, the yacht will have to be imported.

Yachts brought into Aruba with the intention of sale will have to pay duties upon arrival.

Other Customs Rules

Firearms and spear guns must be declared. These will be held until your departure.

Customs may undertake a quick search of your boat.

Oranjestad is a tax-free port and currently no customs restrictions apply on imports.

Last updated February 2017.

Aruba Customs
Tel:(297) 583-0738

Health

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Aruba is an area of interest with multiple reported cases and active virus transmission. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Last updated September 2016.

Fees

There are no Customs & Immigration fees.

For an agent to arrange the Temporary Import Permit, the cost is approx. US$ 65.00 to US$ 100.00, or about $25 if you just use an agent to draw up the paperwork before visiting the offices yourself.

Last updated February 2017.

Restrictions

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.

Clearance Agents

Ashley Broker
Tel:+ 297 593-8305
Landseair
Tel:297-582-9284
S.E.L. Maduro & Sons (Aruba) Inc.
Rockefellerstraat 1 , Oranjestad, Aruba
Tel:(297) 528-2300 Fax:(297) 582-6003
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Contact M. Mario Kelly

Pets

Details on Pet Regulations can be found here http://www.aruba.com/sigma/airport/pet_import_requirements.pdf.

Dogs and cats are only allowed entry with valid rabies and health certificates and to have resided in USA or other country with low incidence of rabies for 6 months immediately prior to travel to Aruba.

Pets from Southern and Central America, Cuba, Haiti or the Dominican Republic via USA are not permitted to land in Aruba.

Last updated March 2016.

Aruba Tourism Authority
PO Box 1019 , Oranjestad , Aruba
Tel:297 (8) 23777 Fax:Fax 297 (8) 34702
Contact for information on bringing your pet to Aruba.
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