How to travel to Aruba from Venezuela

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How to travel to Aruba from Venezuela

  • The traveler must obtain a visa for the Dutch Caribbean at a Dutch embassy to legally enter the island

Aruba maintains a series of restrictions that prevent Venezuelans from going on a direct flight to the Caribbean island. Despite this, some tourist companies offer possibilities to travel to that country from Venezuela.

Among the measures applied by Aruba to stop the migration of Venezuelans is the closure of the borders with the country, the suspension of commercial and cargo flights and also the requirement of a visa for the Dutch Caribbean.

The most recent extension of these measures occurred on March 10, 2022, so the border closure was extended until June 10 of the current year.

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Venezuelan travelers require a visa to enter as a tourist in the Dutch Caribbean islands: Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. This measure was approved by the Dutch authorities in 2019 and came into force in 2021, after several delays associated with the covid-19 pandemic.

How to process the visa to enter Aruba from Venezuela

Venezuelans must apply for a visa at a Dutch embassy or at a VFS Global branch, depending on the location of the applicant. In Venezuela, this diplomatic headquarters is located in the Digitel Tower of La Castellana, in the Chacao municipality.

What is VFSGlobal?

Visa Facilitation Services Global is a company that is outsourced by governments around the world to manage the administrative tasks of issuing visas and passports in diplomatic offices.

To process the visa from Venezuela, you must make an appointment on the VFS Global website and attend in person. Minors must also adhere to these requirements.

The traveler must provide the embassy employees with the original version and a copy of the visa application form, which must be filled out in advance. However, the applicant will have to sign the document during the appointment, in the presence of a consular officer.

During the appointment, the embassy requires the user to hand over their passport. The document must have at least two blank pages and be valid for at least three months from the date of travel.

If the traveler needs proof of having delivered the passport, they can bring a photocopy of the document so that a consular official can sign and seal it as a guarantee.

Another requirement that they demand is to deliver two photographs of 3.5 cm by 4.5 cm. The images must have the applicant’s face centered, where the head is fully visible, be in color. They must also comply with other characteristics imposed by the Netherlands.

Illustration: Embassy of the Netherlands

The applicant must also submit a travel itinerary, which can be shown with a flight reservation. In addition, he needs to show that he has enough money for his stay on the island: between 150 and 200 dollars a day if he is a tourist or businessman or 100 dollars a day if the person is going to stay with a relative.

In the event that the applicant does not have the required amount, a resident relative or friend can request a declaration of financial guarantee with which they commit to financially support the traveler during their stay.

Finally, you must show proof that a health insurance will cover care services throughout the Dutch Caribbean, during the entire trip, for at least $15,000 or for hospital, emergency and repatriation treatment.

The visa procedures have a cost of 80 euros (385.6 bolívares according to the rate of the Central Bank of Venezuela) for adults. The visa for children between 6 and 11 years old costs 40 euros (192 bolívares, according to the BCV). In addition, the process is free for children under 6 years of age.

Venezuelans exempt from presenting a visa to travel to Aruba

There are some exceptions in the visa requirement for Venezuelan citizens to enter the Dutch Caribbean islands.

A residence permit or a valid multiple entry visa from countries such as the United States and Canada are some of the options to enter these territories. Those who have this document are allowed a maximum stay of 90 days.

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People with a Schengen visa for short-term stays with multiple entries, a provisional residence permit or a residence permit for a Schengen country do not require another visa to enter the islands.

Schengen territory countries

– Austrian
– Belgium
– Czech Republic
– Denmark
– Estonian
– Finland
– France
– Germany
– Greece
– Hungary
– Iceland
– Italy
– Latvia
– Lithuania
– Luxembourg
– Malt
– Netherlands
– Norway
– Poland
– Portugal
– Slovakia
– Slovenia
– Spain
– Sweden
– Swiss
– Liechtenstein

Venezuelans who are going to make airport transit through the islands are also exempt from visas. Passengers on a cruise trip with layovers of up to 48 hours do not need a visa either. The deadline for Aruba is 24 hours.

Venezuelans with a valid residence permit for one of the French overseas territories, such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Mayotte or Réunion can travel to the islands without a visa.

flight options

The most viable option to travel from Venezuela to Aruba is with the Panamanian airline Copa Airlines. The costs of the tickets vary according to the date of the trip and the company with which the purchase is made.

The airline offers flights from the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, Vargas state, with a stopover at the Tocumén International Airport in Panama City and with a final destination at the Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba.

The trip has an estimated duration of five and a half hours, while the stopover in Panama can last a little over an hour.

Tickets in economy class are around 410 and 450 dollars, according to the Copa Airlines page. To travel in business class, the cost of the ticket amounts to 1,211.50 dollars.

The team of The newspaper made a survey of the itineraries available in search engines jet cost Y SkyScanner. The options recommended by both are to fly with Copa Airlines and Avianca. In case tickets are purchased with the Colombian airline, the traveler must make stops in cities such as Bogotá and Bucaramanga.

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