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Aruba opening to tourists from the US, Canada and Europe in July

June 11, 2020
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Aruba opening to tourists from the US, Canada and Europe in July
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Eager for some fun in the sun? Aruba just confirmed plans to begin opening its borders on June 15, with U.S., Canadian and European passport holders permitted to enter beginning in July. The island will begin welcoming tourists as follows:

  • June 15: Bonaire, Curacao
  • July 1: Canada, Europe, Caribbean (excluding DR and Haiti)
  • July 10: United States

According to the island's announcement, "Official opening dates for other markets, including South America and Central America, have yet to be determined... but hopefully soon!"

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Aruba is encouraging travelers to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival. According to authorities, "All travelers not showing documentation indicating a negative PCR test result prior to travel to Aruba as a part of the ED card process, will receive a mandatory PCR test at the Airport when arriving in Aruba, at the visitor’s expense, followed by a mandatory 24-hour quarantine at the travelers’ accommodations while test results are assessed."

Additionally, visitors showing evidence of a negative test will undergo a temperature check upon arrival, and all visitors will be required to a mask during their flight to Aruba, though masks are optional on the ground.

Personally, I'm a big fan of Aruba, and I'm eager to return. In fact, my very last international trip was to the island, just a couple of weeks before lockdown began. On both of my visits, I stayed at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino — my go-to, since guests get access to Marriott’s private island, a short (and free) boat trip away.

The Renaissance has confirmed that it'll open to guests on June 30, so the property should have some time to work out any last-minute kinks before Americans begin to return on July 10. The resort is rolling out a number of new procedures, including check-in through the Bonvoy app, adding hand sanitizer throughout the resort, requiring social distancing in all public areas, limiting Renaissance Island boats to 10 guests and more.

Award nights are available starting at 45,000 points, worth $360 based on TPG's valuations, but paid rates may be the better bet, starting at $237, or just under $300 per night after taxes and fees. The hotel is also offering pre-purchased vouchers with a 25% bonus until June 30, valid for two years and refundable anytime before Dec. 31, 2020 without penalty. Additionally, guests who book using promotional code "SUM" (excluding stays between 12/25 and 12/31) will receive a $30 discount per night, intended to cover a $15 per-person-per-day COVID insurance charge reportedly required by the island.

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Aruba visitors can choose from a number of other points hotel options, too, including the Hyatt Regency, starting at 25,000 points (worth $425), or $336 ($425 after tax) per night; the Hilton, starting at 78,000 points (worth $468), or $274 ($349 after tax); and The Ritz-Carlton, starting at 85,000 points (worth $680), or $460 ($582 after tax); among others.

Related: Review Hyatt Regency Aruba

Flights are a bit of a different story, though. While it's always possible carriers will soon choose to add more options, given that the island has confirmed an opening date, as of now, nonstop flights are limited — and, in several cases, very expensive. For example, the least expensive nonstop flight from New York City on the day after Americans are welcome, operated by JetBlue, will run you $668 or 48,000 points (plus $85) round-trip.

Screenshot courtesy JetBlue.

There are far more affordable opening-day options from other cities, though, including Fort Lauderdale (FLL), with $199 round-trips operated by Spirit.

I'm glad to see Aruba including a requirement for visitors to provide a negative COVID-19 test or undergo a test upon arrival, rather than the open-border approach we've seen in some other countries, such as The Maldives. Meanwhile, if you're looking for somewhere else to go, check out our country-by-country Caribbean guide for more on when your destination of choice plans to welcome guests.

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The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

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  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,300+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and the Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023