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Essential Aruba Travel Update: New Sustainability Fee Effective July 1, 2024

Exciting news for travelers! Aruba, known for its breathtaking beaches and vibrant culture, is taking a major step to keep its natural beauty intact. Beginning July 1, 2024, all visitors arriving by air will be required to pay a $20 Sustainability Fee. This fee is part of Aruba's efforts to boost sustainability and preserve the island for future generations.

Aruba Flamingos at the beautiful beach

What You Need to Know

Fee Details: Starting July 1, 2024, every visitor arriving by air will be asked to pay a $20 Sustainability Fee. This small contribution will support important projects aimed at protecting Aruba’s stunning environment.

How to Pay the Fee: The Sustainability Fee will be collected through the online Embarkation & Disembarkation (ED) Card platform. You’ll complete the ED card as part of your entry process into Aruba. Simply visit https://edcardaruba.aw/ to complete this step. It’s quick and easy!

The Sustainability Fee will be used to upgrade the existing sewage water treatment plants and infrastructure (SWTP) as well as building a new, larger one to handle future demand.

If you travel to Aruba more than once a year it's important to know that you will only pay once per calendar year using the same passport number. Should your passport be renewed within the calendar year, you must pay again the next time you enter the island. 

As mentioned above thhe sustainability fee will be charged through the online Embarkation & Disembarkation (ED) Card platform while one is completing the ED card to enter Aruba. The website is https://edcardaruba.aw/.

The user will enter their passport information and be checked for residency status. They will then be provided with a form to fill in their credit card details or any other payment method. Once the payment is approved, the user will proceed with the entry questions and receive their ED Card.

If you are wondering if you can pay when you arrive the answer is, No, the fee will have to be paid before Airline Check-in, in order to get clearance to travel.

Make a mistake when filling out the ED card? Don't worry! Your will need to create a new ED Card, as there will be no option to edit the existing one.

AWSS will charge based on a hold-and-release method for the ED Card fee. A hold will be placed on the credit card, and the fee will only be charged when crossing the border. If the border is not crossed, the hold will be released.

If you have any questions about this new fee, feel free to comment below.


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