“We will inform them as soon as possible about the adjusted travel advice and that we are going to bring them back to the Netherlands,” said TUI in response to the tightened travel advice. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs scaled up the travel advice on Saturday from code yellow to code orange. Unnecessary trips to Aruba are not recommended due to the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 infections on the island.
Those who return to the Netherlands from Aruba are urged to go into home quarantine for a fortnight.
TUI says the first travelers will return on a regularly scheduled flight on Sunday. It leaves Aruba on Sunday and lands at Schiphol on Monday morning around 10.30 am. Tourists also return to the Netherlands on a regular flight on Tuesdays. TUI is also deploying an extra repatriation flight on Wednesday.
Nearly 293 infections in five days
133 new corona infections were registered in Aruba on Friday. This brought the number of active infections on the island with about 100,000 inhabitants to 293, almost all of them identified in the past five days.
That is why a grouping ban applies on the island. Groups of more than four people can be taken apart by the police. Aruba will also check more strictly whether people who have been placed in quarantine or isolation comply with the rules. Checks can be made at unexpected moments. Anyone who is not at home at that time can be fined a thousand Aruban florins (approximately 500 euros).
Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday that her son has been infected with the corona virus. Kevin Wever works at the Aruban airport. The prime minister says he has not been in contact with her son in recent days.
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