Aruba relocation – your guide to moving to Aruba
If you are considering relocating to a Caribbean island, Aruba should be at the top of your list. With its warm and dry weather practically year-round, stunning (and award winning) beaches, world-class water sports, and friendly and welcoming people, Aruba is an excellent place to live. But it also offers more than just sun, sand, and sea, also offering excellent dining, entertainment, and shopping options. Here’s everything you need to know about relocating to Aruba.
Why relocate to Aruba?
Aruba is a small and safe island, with a modern and welcoming culture. The locals speak four languages, making communication easy. The island offers a range of amenities, including spas, golf courses, art galleries, and bustling shopping areas, making it an ideal location for anyone considering relocation.
Aruba has a high standard of living for a Caribbean island and also enjoys a low unemployment rate. The island’s economy is primarily based on tourism, and as such, there is a wide range of high-quality apartments and villas, as well as a well-equipped hospital on the island. The island has excellent infrastructure and modern facilities, making it a comfortable place to live.
Who can relocate to Aruba?
Tourists may enter Aruba without a written permit and may remain for a period not exceeding 14 days. For tourists who are subjects of countries which have an agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands to abolish the visa obligation – this agreement also being applicable to Aruba – the aforementioned period is three months (90 days). Citizens of the Netherlands or the Netherlands Antilles may stay up to six months (180 days) during the period of a year. To relocate to Aruba, citizens of most countries will need to apply for a residency permit.
What is the process to relocate to Aruba?
To apply for a residency permit, you will need to apply through the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services of Aruba (DIMAS). Residency permits are valid for one year and are renewable annually thereafter. To qualify for residency, you must meet certain criteria, such as having family links to Aruba or owning property on the island.
Applicants aged 55 and over with a guaranteed pension income can apply for residency on the basis of being “retired with guaranteed income,” while individuals aged 18 and over with a demonstrable income of at least Awg 100,000 (approx USD 55,500) per year from an asset, a bank balance, or investments can apply for residency on the basis of being “retired or interest-rate earner without guaranteed income.”
What is required to obtain a residence permit?
When requesting a residence-permit without a working permit, one must submit certain documents that could include:
- bank references indicating that the applicant is financially self-supporting or any other proof that he/she will not become a financial burden to the local government or community
- the home and business addresses for the last ten years
- the reasons for wanting to reside in Aruba
- police-clearance (good conduct-paper, not older than 2 months)
Persons desiring a permanent residence-permit must be in possession of:
- a passport valid for Aruba
- three passport photographs of true likeness
- a valid vaccination certificate for smallpox, not more than three years old
- a medical declaration that the holder is not suffering from any contagious disease or mental sickness, issued within 30 days before the trip started
- a proof of payment of the required legal fee
Temporary or permanent work permits
Any foreigners who want to exercise a profession must have a work permit. The work permit will normally be granted only if there are no qualified persons locally available. In general, requests for work-permits will only be taken into consideration if filed through a local employer, who has to accept full responsibility for any possible expenses to be made by the government relative to the employee(s).
For complete information on different types of permits for different scenarios, one would need to contact the department below.
What are great places to live in Aruba?
Aruba offers a range of attractive locations to live, depending on your lifestyle and preferences.
Noord: This area is just north of the vibrant capital Oranjestad and encompasses some of Aruba’s best beaches, such as Eagle Beach and Palm Beach. These areas feature popular condos such as O – Condominiums, Oasis Luxury Condominiums, Azure Residences, Oceania, Blue Residences and The Cove Condominiums to name a few. Noord also features the island’s most sought-after residence communities such as Tierra del Sol in Malmok and Gold Coast Residences, as well as hotels, restaurants, and shops, making it a vibrant place to live. In this popular location, buyers will find all kinds of condos, family homes, and villas set in stunning surroundings overlooking the beaches or golf courses. This also makes Noord on of Aruba’s highly sought-after locations as an investment opportunity due to vacation rental income potential.
Oranjestad: For those seeking an urban lifestyle, the capital Oranjestad offers fabulous new condos such as Coral Shell and Harbour House as well as properties ideally located for accessing all the amenities of this thriving waterfront city. Oranjestad is filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, lounges, bars, and casinos – ideal for enjoying the best of both the city and the beach.
San Nicolas: This quiet coastal town on the southern tip of Aruba, 12 miles southeast of Oranjestad, offers a stark contrast to the buzz of Palm Beach. Known as Sunrise City, San Nicolas offers comparatively quiet beaches, such as Baby Beach, Rodger’s Beach, and Boca Grandi, and several new condos perfect for relaxing in tranquility in Aruba.
Savaneta: This area is perfect for those in search of beachfront homes for sale in Aruba away from the hustle and bustle of the capital and the Palm Beach area. Located on the southwestern coast of the island, Savaneta offers authentic local charm.
Can you relocate with your pet(s)?
Pets from Central and South America are normally not allowed into Aruba, unless they are part of the moving household and a certificate of no objection is issued by the Veterinary Service Aruba. Otherwise, you can bring in your pet if you can provide valid rabies and health certificates from a veterinarian.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Veterinary Service in Aruba
Contact Person: Irene Croes
Address: Barcadera 1
Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
Phone: +297 585 0400
Fax : +297 585 1828
Contact by email
In conclusion, Aruba offers a high standard of living, excellent quality of life and is a perfect place to relocate. Whether you’re seeking a sunny and relaxed beach lifestyle or a vibrant urban lifestyle, Aruba has something to offer.
With a streamlined permit process, excellent amenities, and a low cost of living, it’s easy to see why so many people are choosing to relocate to our beautiful island in the Caribbean.