Aruba

Aruba

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Aruba is an island located in the Caribbean Sea and is part of the group of islands known as the Netherlands Antilles. Aruba is a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands with full autonomy for internal affairs. The population is about 110,000 people, and its citizens are Dutch. The chief of state is the King of the Netherlands and a governour general represents the king. A prime minister is head of government.

The Dutch acquired Aruba in 1636. The island has been very prosperous, first due to a 19th century gold rush that led to about 100 years of mining. Then, in 1924, an oil refinery opened. The last part of the 20th century brought a tourism boom to the economy.

Aruba is well developed as a tourist destination. Travellers can enjoy beautiful beaches, diving, walks in the city of Orangestad, and the Arikok National Wildlife Park, which covers about 20 percent of the island.

Currency AWG: Aruban florin
Language Dutch and Papiamento
Capital Oranjestad
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert March 21, 2017 - Zika virus in the Caribbean - update

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Aruba. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Aruba through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a low risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Aruba.

Typhoid Fever

Unvaccinated people can become infected through contaminated food and water in Aruba, especially when visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Rabies

Rabies may occur in bats in this country.

Dengue Fever

Outbreaks of dengue fever may occur.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Zika Fever

There is transmission of the Zika virus in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Aruba.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, and the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a low risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities or rural areas, where food and water sources may be contaminated.

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies vaccination is recommended for travellers who may come in contact with bats (i. e. cavers, adventure travellers, researchers, and anyone working with bats).

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Aruba.

None required.

Safety and Security in Aruba

Emergency Numbers

911

Personal Safety

The crime rate is low in this country, and most travellers have no trouble. However, petty crime, such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, or other theft can occur in any crowded area or tourist destination. Always be alert to your personal safety. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. Safeguard your important documents, such as your passport. Avoid walking alone at night. Do not accept drinks or food from strangers and never leave your drinks out of your sight.

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