One after another Caribbean destination is unveiling their reopening plans. Some islands are planning for an opening in early June 2020. Meanwhile other are quiet on reopening.
Aruba is currently working with the tourism office and health department to work on a certification program. Reportedly they are following the recommendations according to the likes of the World Health Organization.
Most tourism service providers are currently trying the get the local certification. The local health department published some guidelines in our native language Papiamento.
Travel + Leisure reports that according to Expedia Aruba belong to the 10 most searched international travel destinations. This is in regards to where US travelers are looking into going as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted.
The top 10 international destinations and current active cases as of writing are as follows:
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico (1170 active cases in Quintana Roo province)
- Cancun, Mexico (1170 active cases in Quintana Roo province)
- Isla Mujeres, Mexico (1170 active cases in Quintana Roo province)
- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (932 active cases in Jalisco province)
- Los Cabos, Mexico (473 active cases in Baja California Sur province)
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (100 active cases in La Altagracia province)
- Montego Bay, Jamaica (332 active cases in Jamaica)
- Ocho Rios, Jamaica (332 active cases in Jamaica)
- Aruba (3 active cases in Aruba)
- Maldives (1247 active cases in the Maldives)
The source of the above information is according to Bing’s live map COVID-19 tracker. A bit context is required in terms of the numbers.
In the top 1o list above, Aruba is by far the smallest territory or city in terms of landmass and/or population size. For a smaller place it’s much easier to contain the novel #coronavirus.
Aruba is probably opening its borders a full month after other territories in the Caribbean. Local officials take a much more cautious approach and are keen to identify issues other islands deal with at the beginning.
According to multiple sources, air travel has increased by 400% from the lowest point in the last 2 months. It seems that people are poised to start traveling again.
However hopeful this seems, it will take somewhere between 3 to 5 years for the travel industry to recover to pre-corona levels.
Updated: correction in minor errors.