Decisionnan di Gobierno di Aruba

Decisions taken by the Government of Aruba

February 4, 2022

  • Closing Time (Establishments)
    1:00 am

  • Closing Time (Casino)
    2:00 am


  • Restaurants
    Max. 6 people per table, indoors and outdoors.

  • Bars and Rumshops
    Max. 10 tables with 4 people at each, indoors and outdoors.


  • Social Activities
    Social or Family: Max. 300 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

  • Commerce
    - Commerce is back at 100% capacity (cinemas, shops, supermarkets, churches).
    - Funerals are back at 100% capacity


  • Masks
    The use of masks is obligatory inside all establishments, including gyms and schools.

  • Night Clubs / Entertainment
    - Max. capacity of 300 people inside and 500 outside (space permitting).
    - Complete bands can now perform, no longer restricted to 5 members.
    - Dance floors and dancing permitted.


  • Sport
    - Max. 300 people indoors and 500 outdoors can be present. 
    - All hygiene and social distancing protocols will be required, the Taskforce will be monitoring.
    - In the event of a violation of the protocols, the sporting event will be suspended.


  • Gathering Ban

  • Area Ban

December 29, 2021

  • Closing Time (Establishments)
    12:00 am

  • Closing Time (Casino)
    1:00 am


  • Restaurants
    Max. 6 people per table.

  • Rumshop
    Max. 4 tables with 4 people per table.


  • Entertainment
    5 musicians on stage.

  • Social Activities
    Social or Family: Max. 60 people indoors and 75 people outdoors.

  • Lighting of the Pagara 
    Business owners can light their pagara at 12:00 pm on the 31st of December 2021; after 12:00 pm it is no longer permitted.


  • Stores
    Max. 1 person per family with 1 shopping cart or basket.

  • Sport
    Can continue without the general public. 

  • Funerals
    Max. people: 75

  • Gathering Ban
    Max. 6 people together.

  • Area Ban
    7:00 pm - 5:00 am (public areas, including parking lots and beaches)

  • Alcohol Ban
    Prohibition of alcohol on public roads: 24 hours.



September 2, 2021

  • Curfew
    Is now eliminated.


  • Closing Time
    12:00 am


  • Restaurants
    Max. 6 people per table.


  • Social Activities and Sport
    Max. people: 90 indoors, 125 outdoors.


  • Funerals
    Max. people: 125 (if the space is adequately large enough)


  • Area Ban
    7:00 pm - 5:00 am


  • Alcohol Ban
    Prohibition of alcohol on public roads: 24 hours.


  • Nightlife
    Dancing is not permitted.


  • Entertainment
    5 musicians on stage.


  • Masks
    Obligatory (indoors)


  • Gathering Ban
    Max. 6 people.

August 22, 2021

  • Curfew
    10:00 pm - 5:00 am


  • Closing Time
    9:00 pm - 5:00 am


  • Gathering Ban
    24 hours.


  • Restaurants and Establishments
    Max. 4 people per table at a restaurant (indoors or outdoors)


  • Visits, Parties or Social Encounters
    Home visits, parties, social encounters at a house or any other location is not permitted.


  • Commerce
    Limited to 50% (cinema, stores, supermarkets, funerals y churches.)


  • Sport
    Limited to training exclusively. Competitions are not permitted!


  • Masks
    Use of masks is obligatory inside all establishments.


  • Alcohol
    Prohibition of alcohol on public roads: 24 hours.


  • Social Distancing
    Continue maintaining social distance.

August 13, 2021

  • School
    Schools will open on the 1st of September 2021, with the exception of school that can open online and daycares.


  • Entertainment
    Entertainment in nightclubs or private parties is not permitted.
    Background music and a maximum of one (1) musician are permitted.

August 7, 2021

  • Masks
    The use of masks is now obligatory in the interior of any location.


  • Closing Time
    12:00 am - 6:00 am


  • Area Ban
    Prohibition of public areas; Parking Lot/Beach: 12:0 am - 6:00 am.


  • Alcohol Prohibition
    The use of alcohol on public property is prohibited all day.


June 9, 2021

  • Quarantine
    If you're vaccinated, you don't have to go into quarantine.


  • Masks
    The use of masks is no longer obligatory, but it is recommended if you cannot maintain 1.5 meter of distance.


  • Establishments
    Can still require the use of a mask in their establishment.


  • Sport
    Organized sport is now permitted to the public and contact sport is also permitted.


  • Area Ban
    Is eliminated.


  • Hospitality
    - Sitting at a table is increased from 4 and 6 people to 8 and 10 people.
    - Sitting at a bar is now possible.
    - Musical Entertainment: no limits.


May 21, 2021

  • Curfew
    Is eliminated


  • Area Ban
    Is eliminated on the beach and reef. Is still active on public property from 7:30 PM.


  • Closing time for Casinos
    1:00 AM

May 10, 2021

  • Curfew
    12:00 AM to 4:30 AM


  • Closing Time
    11:00 PM


  • Gathering Ban
    Is eliminated.
    Mask requirements and social distancing of 1.5m are still valid.


  • Restaurant
    The amount of people per table is max 8 (indoors) and 10 (outdoors).


  • Sport
    Sports organized indoors by ASU, COA and IBISA are permitted.  Indoors (no public) and outdoors (max 60 people).
    Contact sports are permitted exclusively for under 18s.


  • Musicians
    Max 5 on stage. Dancing is not permitted.


  • Funerals
    Max 60 people.


  • Public/Political Activities
    Must go through Bureau Rampen Bestrijding.

April 26, 2021

  • Curfew
    11:00 PM to 5:00 AM


  • Closing Time
    10:00 PM


  • Area Ban
    7:30 PM


  • Gyms
    Can reopen following strict protocols.


  • Drive-by / Drive-thru
    “Drive by” or “Drive thru” celebracions is permitted.



April 9, 2021

  • Measures that are in place will be prolonged for an additional 2 weeks.

  • Schools will be reopening on Monday the 12th of April, schools must apply stricter measures; Hygiene measures, parents cannot enter the school premises, there cannot be physical contact between the teacher and the student, every student over the age of 13 must wear a mask on the school premises.

  • Closing time will remain the same: 9:00 pm. It will be evaluated in a week.

  • Curfew will remain the same: 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

  • Vaccination capacity has been expanded at Centro Libertador Betico Croes to vaccinate 3000 people per day.
    You can still register at MFA Noord, Paradera, Santa Cruz and Santa Teresita Center in San Nicolas.

March 26, 2021 - April 11, 2021

  • Curfew
    10:00 pm - 5:00 am


  • Closing Time
    9:00 pm


  • Camping
    Is not permitted.


  • Area Ban
    7:00 pm


  • Gathering Ban
    Maximum of 2 people


  • Alcohol
    Drinking alcohol in public places like on the beach, in a parking lot, or on a reef is prohibited. Having alcohol in your possession to drink in a public place is also prohibited.


  • School
    All schools will close three days before vacation, starting Monday, March 29, except for students in their exams, CP, or tests week. These students can attend school to do their tests.


  • Limited Clientele
    - 1 person per family.
    - Supermarkets and Hardware Stores must limit their clientele to 50% by using 50% fewer carts or baskets.
    - It is also advised to wear a mask outside if a 1.5 m distance cannot be maintained.
    - Closing time is 9:00 pm.


  • Gyms
    All gyms must close.


  • Restaurant
    - Amount of adults at a table indoors and outdoors is limited to 4 max (kids under the age of 12 do not count under this rule).
    - Dancing is not permitted.
    - Bars will remain closed.
    - Not Permitted: to stand or sit at a bar, stand in a restaurant, one must be seated to receive service.
    - Closing time is 9:00 pm


  • Drive by/thru
    - “Drive-by” or “Drive-thru” activities are not permitted
    - Fast Food drive-thru's will remain open.


  • During the Vacation
    - Camping or kids’ activities for school-aged children are not permitted.
    - Daycare facilities can stay open.

March 20, 2021

Changes in Management

  • Restaurants
    Was: Indoors: 4 people max a table | Outdoors: 6 people max at a table
    Change: 2 people max at a table*
    * Exception: People living in the same residence can sit 4 at a table (indoors) and 6 (outdoors).


  • No Social Activity at a residence is permitted:
    Was: 25 people max (outdoors) and 20 people max (indoors)
    Change: No Social Activity is permitted at a residence; 0 visitors (guests)
    Family visits (limited), care or medical visits are permitted.


  • Funerals
    Was: 25 people max can be present
    Change: 10 people max can be present


  • Gathering Ban
    Was: 4 people max
    Change: 2 people max


  • Reminders
    Sports: It's still permitted for individual sports and team sports to take place without the public, gyms must follow hygiene and mask protocols.
    Protocols: Protocols of establishments, offices and schools are still applicable.
    Bars: Remains closed
    Entertainment: Limited to one (1) artist, dancing is not permitted.
    Curfew: Remains from 12am to 5am.
    Area Ban: Remains from 7pm to 5am.




March 5, 2021

  • Sports

    • All organised and structured sports of all ages, is permitted without any limits on athletes coaches/trainers, but without the public.

    • Must pertain to the ASU, COA or be registered at IBISA.

    • Must register the names and date of those who train/compete with each other for a period of two weeks, every occasion and every age.

    • IBISA will supervise.

    • Bush League and Contact Sport of any age group is not permitted. 

March 3, 2021

  • Rules that are applicable for all funerals.

  1. Masks must be used at all times.

  2. The deceased cannot be taken home to bid farewell.

  3. No handshakes, hugs or kisses permitted.

  4. Maximum 25 people can be in the same location at a given moment, must maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

  5. No food or drinks are permitted.

  6. If you feel sick, do not attend a funeral.

  7. Family members who are in isolation or quarantine, cannot attend a funeral; for parents, children and siblings who are in isolation or quarantine, it can be arranged at another time to bid farewell at the funeral home with the competent authority. 



  • Additional rule for a funeral in the case of death due to Covid-19

  1. The casket cannot be opened during the funeral.

February 5, 2021

  • Curfew

Starting tonight, the curfew will now be from 12 AM to 5 AM.

  • Restaurants

Four people at a table (indoors) and six people at a table (outdoors).

  • Gatherings ban

The maximum allowed is increased from 2 people to maximum of 4 people.

  • Closing Time

Starting tonight, the closing will now be 11 PM.

January 6, 2021

  • Curfew

The curfew will be extended from the 7th to the 31st of January from 11 PM to 5 AM.

  • Gatherings Ban

Max 2 people, exception: If it’s a family (that all live under the same roof), if it’s a family of four enjoying the outdoors; the beach, hiking, walking etc.

  • Fines

There will be hefty fines that will have to be paid immediately.

  • Area/Location Ban

Starting at 7 PM it is prohibited to gather in a public space, like a parking lot or beach.

  • Permits

Permits for public activities during this period will not be granted.

  • Social Gathering

- Is limited to the space available.
- Keep in mind to socially distance at a minimum of 6 feet.
- Max 10 people indoors, max 25 people outdoors
- At any moment the Police can cancel a social gathering if it is causing a public disturbance even if it meets the conditions of max 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

  • Musical Entertainment

It is prohibited to have live musical acts perform at home or at a restaurant.

  • Sea Related Activities

- Gathering on boats/yachts is also prohibited; max 4 people per boat/yacht.

- Catamarans and Charters max 50% capacity.

  • Shopping

- 1 Person per family

- It is mandatory to wear a mask if in case one cannot socially distance outside.

  • Care Homes and Elderly Homes

- Care Homes and Elderly Homes will escalate their precautionary measures.

  • Sport

- Sport is permitted to continue, with the exception of contact sports, under the condition that there will be no more than 25 people at a sporting activity and only 10 if it is indoors.

- The public is not permitted to attend sporting activities.

  • Commerce

- The amount of people per table at a restaurant is max 4 indoors and 4 outdoors, kids under the age of 12 are permitted to sit with 4 adults.

- No musical live acts are permitted, only ‘background music’.

- Dancing is not permitted.

January 3, 2021:

  • The curfew (11 PM to 5 AM) will be extended for an additional 4 days; from the 4th to the 7th of January 2021.

December 29, 2020:

  • Closing time for businesses will now be 10 PM with the exception of Hotels.

  • Musical acts are permitted exclusively in establishments like restaurants and according to the rules and regulations of their protocol.

  • Music outside of establishments is not permitted.

  • Businesses are permitted to light their “pagara” [fireworks] on the 31st until 3 PM

  • At residences it is permitted on the 31st of December to light fireworks until 2 AM of January 1st,

  • Starting Wednesday 30th of December until the 3rd of January there will be a curfew from 11 PM to 5 AM.

  • 1st of January the curfew will be from 2 AM to 5 AM.


December 10, 2020

  • Musicians:

    • The amount of musicians on stage is expanded to; maximum 5 (indoors) and 10 (outdoors).

  • Sport:

    • All sporting activities are permitted a maximum of 30 people (indoors) and 60 people (outdoors).

  • Stores and Supermarkets:

    • It is permitted for 1 adult to enter with 2 kids under the age of 15 (until the age of 14).

The protocols for masks and hygiene are all still valid.

The flexibilization of these measures are to be included in the Ministerial Decree which will be valid on the 14th of december 2020.

December 5, 2020

For 2 weeks:

  • ​Establishments:

    • Restaurants:

      • Max amount of people at a table 8 (interior) and up to 10 (exterior).

      • No dancing.

      • Must maintain social distancing.

      • Must wear masks.

    • Rumshop/Bar​:

      • If they don’t serve food, they will remain closed.

    • Entertainment/Bands:​

      • Max amount of musicians/artists: 3 (interior and exterior).​

      • Musicians are responsible to stop people if they start dancing.

    • Store/Supermarket:

      • Limit of 1 person per family, with all rules and regulations.

      • Must maintain social distancing.

      • Must wear masks.

  • Encounters:

    • Social/Family:​

      • Max amount of people 30 (interior) and up to 60 (exterior).

      • No dancing.

      • Must maintain social distancing.

      • Must wear masks.

    • Sport:​

      • Can continue with a measure of precaution, but WITHOUT the public in attendance

    • Funerals:

      • Max amount of people present at the moment: 30.

      • Must maintain social distancing.

      • Must wear masks.


Arubans have to test upon arrival at the airport and are urged to maintain themselves quarantined for 10 days regardless of a negative test result.


October 25, 2020

  • The Crisis Team expanded the “area ban” to include parking lots or similar spaces accessible to the public between 12:00 am to 5:00 am.

October 22, 2020

  • Starting October 22nd at 12:00 am the curfew will no longer be active.

  • There is the introduction of an “area ban” from 12:00 am to 5:00 am in the beach areas/zones.

  • Bingo games can exclusively be played via television or radio where crowds will not be formed or encouraged. At casinos this is not yet permitted.

  • Starting October 23rd establishments are permitted to have ‘ambient music’ performed by up to a maximum of 3 musicians under the established guidelines.

  • Starting October 23rd at 12:00 am there will be changes for travelers from Curacao and Bonaire where for them the Covid-19 test, quarantine and insurance will no longer be required.

September 18, 2020

  • The curfew is now from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am.

  • Closing time is now 9:00 pm.

  • Family parties at home are not permitted.

September 16, 2020

  • The use of masks is now obligatory for all persons in the interior of any location.

September 10, 2020

  • The Task Force personnel,  in charge of controlling persons in quarantine and isolation, has been doubled, and a fine of 1000 florins (one thousand) will also be issued to those who do not adhere to the rules.

August 28, 2020

  • A Curfew from 12:00 am to 5:00 am has been announced.

  • Avoid large gatherings at the workplace.

  • Avoid visiting family and family parties in groups of 4 people or more. 

August 7, 2020

  • Bars, nightclubs and rum-shops must be closed.

  • It is not permitted to organize family parties at home.

  • Masks are now mandatory in all locations (interior) and also on public transport.

  • Only 25 people are allowed at funerals maintaining the protocol.

  • Churches have to maintain themselves according to the protocol and singing is not permitted.

  • Visits and admissions to elderly care homes homes are prohibited.

August 4, 2020

Extra measures that will come into effect today the 4th of August includes:

  • Tables in restaurants cannot seat more than 4 people, excluding children under 12 years of age.

  • Bars (counter) at locations cannot service, as there cannot be chairs at the bar to sit down.

  • There cannot be any live musical entertainment going on or with a DJ.

  • Indoor group sports must stop.

  • Indoor contact sports must stop.

  • Outdoor contact sports must stop.

  • Co-education ban will come back into effect, where no more than 4 persons can be together in public locations.


July 10, 2020

  • Borders will reopen for travel to the United States.

July 1, 2020

  • International borders for Europe, Canada and the Caribbean will reopen for travel with the exception of The Dominican Republic and Haiti.

June 27, 2020

  • Contact sports and organized sports events are permitted until 11pm

  • Casinos are permitted to reopen.


June 15, 2020

  • “Bubble ABC” will begin, which includes; Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Travel is possible between the Dutch Kingdom Islands in the Caribbean without having to go into quarantine, but doing a medical screening or a test on arrival.


June 10, 2020

  • Visiting eldery care homes is permitted, following the protocol’s guidelines.

  • Indoor sporting activities are permitted.

  • Conferences and places to meet/gather can be reopened.

  • Bars and nightclubs can open (according to their closing time).

  • Establishments for parties can open.


June 1, 2020

Phase 3 will be in effect:

  • Lottery kiosks and other lottery games will remain open till 6:30pm.

  • Casinos will remain closed for now.

  • Restaurants with inside seating are allowed to stay open till 10pm

  • Spa, Massage Services and Saunas are allowed to reopen.

  • All establishments which are allowed to open  have to adhere to the rules and regulations of the New Normal.

May 25, 2020 

  • Curfew is now from 12am to 5am and will be eliminated on May 28.

  • Open-air restaurants with outside seating are allowed to reopen. Beauty salons, barbershops, and gyms are also allowed to reopen.

  • Spas, massage services, bars, casinos and nightclubs will remain closed for now.

May 21, 2020 

  • Curfew is now from 11pm to 5am.

May 20, 2020 

  • As of May 25th, restaurants with outside seating, beauty salons, barbershops, and gyms will be allowed to reopen. These establishments are obligated to comply with specific protocols defined by the Aruba government and Department of Health. 

May 18, 2020

  • The “Aruba Health & Happiness Code” is introduced.

  • Shelter in place and ban on gatherings is lifted.

  • Schools will be allowed to reopen as of Monday May 25.

  • Shopping malls, churches and cinemas will be allowed to reopen, and construction projects will be allowed to resume.

May 8, 2020 

  • Aruba’s Minister of Tourism, Public Health and Sport announces plans to reopen Aruba’s borders for inbound travel between June 15 and July 1. 

April 30, 2020

  • The Aruba government announces the gradual lift of certain restrictions. On May 4, establishments like clothing stores, jewelry stores, book stores , pet stores, food trucks, museums and art centers will be allowed to open.


April 28, 2020

  • Curfew is now from 10pm to 5am.

  • Closing time for establishments is now 9pm.

April 17, 2020 

  • Borders to remain closed for inbound travel until at least the end of May.

April 15, 2020

  • All measures like the curfew and shelter in place have been extended to at least April 28.


April 9, 2020 

  • Schools will remain closed until at least May 11.

April 8, 2020 

  • Temporary measures announced for the Easter holiday weekend. All essential businesses will be closed with the exception of gas stations, the pharmacy on duty, and delivery/takeaway food services.

March 30, 2020 

  • Visits to the hospital are prohibited.

March 28, 2020 

  • Starting tomorrow, shelter in place will be introduced.

  • Only essential businesses will be allowed to open. 

  • A gathering ban of more than 3 people is introduced.

March 26, 2020

  • Borders are completely locked for inbound travel. This includes residents.

March 24, 2020 

  • Lottery kiosks must close.

March 23, 2020

  • All bars and restaurants must close except for delivery and takeaway services.

March 22, 2020

  • COVID-19 testing was significantly accelerated.

March 19, 2020 

  • Curfew 9pm to 6am was announced to be introduced on March 21.

March 18, 2020

  • Entertainment venues like casinos and cinemas must close to avoid large gatherings.

  • Other establishments must close at 8pm.

March 17, 2020

  • Borders are closed for inbound travel.

March 15, 2020

  • It was announced that, starting on March 17, borders will close for inbound travel. Aruban residents will still be able to return home.

March 13, 2020

  • All public events have been canceled until further notice.

  • Visits to elderly care homes are prohibited.

  • It was announced that schools will be closed as of Monday March 16