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Aruba Will Be Reopening Borders This Summer, Implementing New Health And Safety Protocols For Tourists
Aruba is the latest Caribbean country to prepare for a reopening of its borders and increase tourism again. The island known for landing a top spot on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020 list for its sustainability efforts, is now ready to welcome visitors to enjoy its beautiful beaches.
The Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, has launched the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code.’ According to a press release, this hygiene certification program will be enforced for all tourism businesses in the country.
Danguillaume Odumer, Minister of Tourism, Public Health and Sport of Aruba says in press release, “As we prepare to reopen our border, it is critical to evolve and innovate as a tourism destination to protect our local community and future travelers once they reach our shores.”
Odumer goes on to say, “We want all visitors to feel reassured in traveling to our One happy island, knowing we worked together as a nation to implement the highest health and safety protocols through every step of their journey.”
Businesses will receive the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ certification once they have taken all of the necessary precautions to provide a safe and healthy abode for tourists and workers.
The Department of Public Health and the Aruba Airport Authority has worked together, following the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines to enforce temperature checks, screenings, social distancing markers, and mandatory PPE training for all workers.
Tourists entering the country will now see the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ certification seal on taxis, restaurants, casinos, bars, retail shops, and tour operators.
When checking in hotels, tourists will see plexiglass barriers at reception, contactless check-in, digital keys, and thorough cleaning of public areas and rooms.
All businesses will be required to receive inspections by the Department of Inspection and Hygiene to receive the ‘Aruba Health & Happiness Code’ certification seal.
The Government of Aruba declared on May 8th that the borders will be opening between June 15 and July 1, 2020.
An official reopen date will be announced in the coming weeks.