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Most people can get into Aruba without a visa, including Americas, Canadians, British (and most Europeans), along with Australians, Kiwis, and many Asian nationalities. Typically, 90 days is granted on entry. Passports should be valid for at least six months and you may be asked to show a return ticket and hotel booking.

Health and Safety

Aruba is modern, wealthy, and safe for tourists. It suffers from the same petty crime as with anywhere in the world today, though violence is rare and there are no exotic diseases to be concerned with. It is safe to wander around at night, but stick to the main tourist areas in the capital. Commonsense will ensure you have a hassle-free stay.

The sun is hot year-round in Aruba, so always use high factor, branded sun block when at the beach. The waters are safe along the south coast for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, but it is best to avoid the rougher north coast, which is also tough to access anyway.

There is no malaria and vaccinations aren’t required before entry for tourists coming from most areas. The use of insect repellent at night is recommended, however. Upset stomachs is the most typical health issue, often caused by dodgy street food or seafood allergies. The tap water is potable and people are encouraged to drink it, though bottled water is widely available.

The main hospital and clinics are up to date and doctors speak English, but be sure to take out travel insurance as costs are high. Most hotels have doctors on call for emergencies.

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