The city of Aruba has launched a short-stay visa scheme for digital nomads and travelers. Above all, water sports, outdoor activities, and multiple cultural influences make Caribbean island the ideal place to work remotely.
Aruba is part of the Caribbean short-stay visa scheme for digital nomads. Travelers can live on the island for 90 days. It’s possible to apply in a local or Dutch embassy. Further, for the Netherlands, there is a separate online portal to speed up the process.
Visitors are permitted to stay for a maximum of three months under the country’s new short-stay visa scheme. This is a great opportunity for people to stay here and work on its white sand beaches for an extended period of time.
Aruba is an island located in the southern Caribbean and north of the Venezuelan Paraguaná Peninsula. Aruba is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands like other nations the Netherlands, Sint Maarten, and Curaçao.
Its pristine beaches and clear, turquoise waters are what attract more than one million visitors every year for relaxing and funny vacations under the sun. However, there are still a lot of reasons that make Aruba stand out from the crowd to become the best Caribbean to visit.
Benefits of Working as a Digital Nomad in Aruba
The benefits of working as a digital nomad in Aruba are:
- Tax-free. As a digital nomad in Aruba, you are not required to pay any income taxes because you are not considered a resident during your stay.
- Various working environments. Whether you’re looking for an elegant beachfront hotel or a comfortable and convenient full-service timeshare resort, Aruba offers a great remote working environment. In Aruba, you will always find the perfect accommodation for you.
- Different activities. Aruba offers many things to see and activities to enjoy. One activity you can enjoy is checking out the ruins; Aruba has so much history, and the settlements date back to at least 2500 B.C. In addition, you can enjoy snorkeling to admire the fish and corals, handle the butterflies at the Butterfly Farm, glide around on a Segway tour, feed the flamingos at Renaissance Islands & Flamingo Beach, soothe yourself at the Aruba aloe factory, museum, and store, and many other activities.
- Delicious food. The culinary scene on Aruba is extremely sophisticated for such a small Caribbean island. In fact, it’s a kaleidoscope of international cuisine that’s influenced by over 90 different cultures and nationalities. A wide variety of restaurants and cafes serve it across the island, as well as countless snack and snack bar spots. Aruba has some traditional food that distinguishes the country from other Caribbean islands. Some popular traditional foods are Stobas, Pastechi, Keshi yena, Sopis, Pisca Hasa, and other fresh fish in Aruba, Keri Keri, and many more.
- Affordable living costs. Affordability varies depending on the city where you choose to live, but prices are generally reasonable. For a family of four, the estimated monthly costs are $3,750.19 without rent, and for a single person, the estimated monthly costs are $1,033.47 without rent. Some other prices include the following:
- Meal (inexpensive restaurant) – $14.50
- Meal for two people (mid-range restaurant, three-course) – $85
- One-way ticket (local transport) – $2.89
- Monthly pass (regular price) – $45.83
- Basic utilities per month (electricity, heating, cooling water, garbage) for 85m² apartment – $147.11
- Internet per month (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, Cable/ADSL) – $67.36
- Apartment (1 bedroom, in the City Center) – $681. 25
- Apartment (1 bedroom, outside of the City Center) – $510.42
- Apartment (3 bedrooms, in the City Center) – $1,246.53
- Apartment (3 bedrooms, outside of the City Center) – $1,055.56
How To Apply For The Short-stay Visa Scheme for Digital Nomads
- Nationalities that require a visa include Afghanistan; Belize; Cambodia; China; Egypt; Fiji; Philippines; Laos; Kuwait; Iraq; Iran; Myanmar; Qatar; Uganda; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Tanzania; Thailand; Venezuela; and Vietnam.
- United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the 26 members of the Schengen Area can apply for the visa scheme if their stay is longer than 30 days.
- For the US, the Aruba council launched the One Happy Workation program for digital nomads. The deal allows a 90-day stay working for a foreign company in partnership with local resorts and hotels.
- Travelers from Bolivia; China; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Haiti; India; Jamaica; and Peru have visa-free entry to Aruba only when they possess a multi-entry visa for the United States; Canada; the United Kingdom; Ireland or Schengen Area.
- Children under 12 years old do not need a visa to travel with legal guardians or parents.
- Service and diplomatic passports from Bolivia; Chad; Indonesia; Jamaica; Malawi; Morocco; Pakistan; Peru; Russia; Senegal; Serbia; Thailand; Ukraine; Tunisia; and Turkey do not need visas.
- Laissez-passer documents by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, or these types of agencies are also exempt.
How to Apply for an Aruba Digital Nomad Visa?
To apply for an Aruba digital nomad visa, you need to complete the following steps:
- Organize the required documents. The list of the documents you need is in the section “Requirements for Aruba Digital Nomad Visa”.
- Make an appointment at Dutch Embassy. You have to apply for a digital nomad visa at the nearest Dutch Embassy; therefore, it is important to make an appointment beforehand.
- Attend the appointment. Attend the appointment and make sure you have all the necessary documents.
- Pay the fees. Visa fees vary depending on the country of application. There will be an exemption for some nationalities from the visa fee, such as Americans.
- Wait for approval. The processing time for a digital nomad visa in Aruba is unknown and varies from the country of the application.
Note: Those living in the Netherlands will be able to access a separate online portal in the future to speed up the application process.
Requirements for Aruba Digital Nomad Visa
The documents required to apply for an Aruba digital nomad visa are:
- A valid passport. Your passport needs to be valid for the entire stay in Aruba.
- Passport-size pictures. You must have two recently-taken passport size pictures.
- A return ticket. The return ticket has to state the date of return from Aruba.
- Proof of accommodation. You will need either a hotel booking, a lease, or a rental agreement to confirm your accommodation.
- Sufficient income. You need to prove that you will have sufficient income during your stay.
- Yellow fever vaccination certificate. You can get a yellow fever vaccination certificate at a yellow fever vaccination center. You should receive the vaccination at least ten days before you travel.
- Proof of health insurance. Depending on the period of your stay, you may need to apply for travel health insurance or international heath insurance for digital nomads.
Paying Taxes as a Digital Nomad in Aruba
As a digital nomad in Aruba, you are not required to pay any income taxes because you are not considered a resident during your stay.
Long-term residents in Aruba are subject to a personal income tax rate that is collected from a variety of sources of income, including labor, pensions, interest, and dividends. The personal income tax rate is 52%, the corporate tax rate is 25%, and the sales tax rate is 3%.
Aruba Digital Nomad Visa for US Citizens
Aruba offers US citizens a program called One Happy Workation, which allows digital nomads to work remotely for 90 days. The program was launched in 2020 and is available for remote workers, digital nomads, and freelancers.
US citizens, to be eligible for the program, must work for a company in their country or be self-employed with a business registered in their place. They can apply online on the website Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) card and write “One Happy Workation” in the purpose of visit section. The processing time is immediate, and there are no fees. In addition, US citizens are not required to pay any local income taxes.