Over the past week, we have learned that a few COVID-19 hot spots developed and have resulted in local spread and a total of 760 cases, representing .0072% of our population. The increase in cases is within our local population. The cluster formed around a nightclub and surrounding bar among our young residents. Thankfully all are in good health and none are hospitalized. Already we are seeing a significant reduction in new positives cases. The cases among tourists have remained low and the total number for 'visitors' which includes tourists but also returning students to Aruba who are residents but their status needs updating is 16. Tourist cases are 3 as we understand of the 16. The government has confirmed that all COVID-19 positive persons are isolated and contact tracing underway with testing conducted for anyone exposed.
Management and associates of Bucuti & Tara have been tested and undergo daily screening and temperature checks to maintain a COVID- free environment. To date, all Bucuti & Tara guests have tested negative for COVID prior to or within the first day of arrival. We continue to believe that our comprehensive COVID protocol, which was tested with ICU doctors and nurses for three months prior to borders reopening continues to provide all of our guests with a safe and comfortable vacation. More information about our protocol can be found below.
We stand by to advise on any changes in opening hours or operations of outside restaurants or activities and we recommend that you reconfirm arrangements prior to your reserved date and time. Our entire Aruban community is dedicated to your health and happiness while visiting our destination and we believe that our government and health officials are quickly bringing the current outbreak under control.
Our government has put out the following statement in response to the outbreak:
“While potential COVID-19 cases may continue to develop over the coming weeks, Aruba has put into place advanced public health procedures to reduce the risk of transmission on the island. Aruba has taken an aggressive approach to identifying and managing potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19. The island continues to follow rigorous testing protocols from the World Health Organization and cases among tourists remain extremely low. In addition, the local authorities including the Department of Public Health are working closely with businesses to take careful, deliberate steps to protect their employees and patrons.
As the global impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to reiterate our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment on our One happy island. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work together to protect the health of Aruba's residents and the travelers.”
All of us at Bucuti & Tara continue to be at your service to ensure your wonderful stay at our resort and One Happy Island.
Rik van der Berg
For our resort CoronaVirus Protocols, click HERE.
For Government protocols on the Aruba.com website.
Entry Requirements Prior to Boarding
Timing: At 72 hours prior to departure to Aruba (last leg in case of connecting flights), visitors can take action to get one of the listed accessible test. Note: The latest the testing/swab results can be uploaded is 12 hours prior to departure to Aruba. Payment for the PCR testing in Aruba must be completed within 72 hours and 12 hours prior to travel to Aruba.
Port of Entry Aruba Airport:
Positive test results from 6 - 24 hours at hotel:
If you have tested at the airport and your test is positive:
Health and Happiness Code:
Hotel Cancellation and Change Policy Updates:
The Government of Aruba is following the expert advice of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and has implemented strict stay at home measures.
The most updated information on how many cases are active on Aruba, the Aruban government set up a dedicated site and while it is in Papiamento, you can see the grid updated each and look for "Activo" line. The Activo line shows the number of active cases, the other data is historical. Click here: https://www.arubacovid19.org/
Our extensive, full COVID Protocols can be found HERE
Bucuti & Tara is ISO certified and we follow HACCP standards of operation which have always brought a heightened level of safety and security into our operation for both our guests and our associates alike. We are confident we are operating safely for our guests and associates and will continue to work with WHO, PAHO, CDC and Dutch and Aruban Health Authorities and follow all of their guidelines.
We’ve added the following to our normal already heightened level of safety in our operation:
Aruba is a Dutch Island with sophisticated healthcare facilities, professional and expert healthcare experts. As leaders within the tourism community in Aruba, we are fully informed and we have full confidence in the pubic & private sector partnership managing this situation together.
Many of our customers have reached out to learn how to help us in our situation. Aruba is an island with a population completely dependent upon the tourism industry and at present, tourism is halted. The answer is to come visit as soon as you are able to and, join in our campaign #BringingBucutiToYou. Post photos of your Aruba vacation, honeymoon, anniversary or birthday celebration on your social media pages with our hashtag: #BringingBucutiToYou . We are posting on our social media pages regularly with messages from our associates who miss you and hope to see you again soon! Your participation can have an impact for all of us. Thanks to all of you who have participated.
We look forward to welcoming our guests again soon and look forward to giving you some relaxation and a break from the current stresses of everyday news and life.