Aruba is slowly becoming free of Coronavirus. As of today, there are only a handful of confirmed cases left. The expectation is that by next week Aruba should have no active cases anymore.
Insular territories are much easier to contain the virus in comparison to large cities and countries. We are seeing similar circumstances at our neighboring islands, where the virus seems eradicated, too.
Life in Aruba will resume to “normal” state soon. That is as normal as it can be without our visitors. Most normalcy it will get is living without restrictions again.
Tourists Still in Aruba
Currently, on the island, there are still tourists and other foreigners in Aruba. The group is split into three. Visitors who are here voluntarily, stranded visitors, and undocumented people.
There are several families that opted to “ride out” COVID-19 virus here in Aruba. It is not necessarily because of our healthcare system, rather because of our climate.
Some studies suggest that the virus moves slower in a warmer climate than a cold climate. It seems a safe bet seeing that nearly all hotels are closed, with only a skeleton crew on hand.
Despite this, the US Consulate General in Curaçao is organizing the 2nd “humanitarian” flight from Aruba to Miami for families opting to leave the islands back for the US. These special flights are by Spirit Airlines and sell out quickly.
There is also a group of non-US visitors who are caught in the middle of the inbound flight bans.
There especially a group of visitors from Argentina that couldn’t leave. This is due to the fact that there aren’t any direct flights from Aruba Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital.
Just recently the Argentine Ministry of Foreign affairs announced that they are organizing humanitarian flights to pick-up stranded nationals in the southern Caribbean. Reportedly there are 31 Argentine tourists still in Aruba.
The amount of undocumented workers in Aruba is guesswork. Some suggest its about 5,000 people, which represents nearly 5% of the population.
There are others who suggest that Aruba might have up to 25,000 undocumented people. This represents about 22% of about population.
According to local reports up to 4 flights are schedule to leave Aruba to Venezuela to repatriated undocumented people for the island.
Since the shutdown, there is barely any work left, across the board. The devastation is hard on everyone, without any concrete solutions on the horizon here in Aruba.