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DIMAS announces tourism stay over policy changes

Dimas-Aruba-e1346922407405The government has recently introduced changes in the policy regarding tourism stay over on the island. The Department of DIMAS has recently published a bulletin informing the public of these changes. A tourist is anyone visiting Aruba to relax, do sport, for medical purposes, to visit family or friends, for religious reasons, or to do business.
A tourist is not allowed to work while on Aruba as a tourist. Any tourist caught working while vacationing here, will be deported. And, the employer of such a tourist will be levied a fine for employing the tourist.

Th amount of days that a tourist may be given by the immigration to reside on the island is 30 consecutive days. In the majority of the cases 30 days is more than sufficient. And, the tourist need no request any more days on the island before returning to his country of residence. In a few cases the tourist may want more than 30 days. In such a case he will have to submit a special petition to DIMAS. This petition must be submitted before his time allotted by the immigration has expired.

What does DIMAS require for an extension of a tourists stay (up to a maximum of 90 days from date of entry)?

  • A petition form available online at
  • Copy of passport valid for at least 3 months (of all pages with rubber-stamp and visa)
  • Copy of valid airline ticket with departure date
  • Copy of travel insurance (valid for the required extension time)
  • Copy of ID card (both sides)
  • Proof of hotel/resort reservation or use of own property on Aruba

If the tourist is staying with family or friends, they will be held responsible for his guarantee an must sign for all expenses that may arise during his guest’s stay. That person must appear personally at DIMAS together with the tourist to submit additional information:

  • A guarantee statement (available on legalized at the Palace of Justice in Santa Cruz .
  • Copy of passport (valid for more than 3 months and only the page with the pass photo on) of the guarantor
  • If the guarantor is a licensee, a copy of his valid license (must earn minimum wage) is required
  • Both the guarantor and the tourist must be present at the DIMAS offices when filing a petition for stay over extension

Visit for a list of the additional information required. DIMAS office hours are: Monday to Thursday from 7:30 to 11:00 and 1:00 to 3:30pm. Fridays from 7:30 to 11:00 are: General service hours are from 7;30 to 12:00 and from 1:00 to 4:30pm.

As of April 1st it is no longer possible to extend a tourist’s stay beyond 90 days for a maximum of 180 days. There may be exceptions within the confines of the law. Persons of Dutch nationality and those who have property here may be granted an extension of up to 180 days consecutively.

For more information please consult the website or call during office hours, tel: 5221500


  1. Steve Guglielmo
    May 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm Reply

    We own 6 consecutive weeks of time share in Aruba which obviously is more than 30 days. Will we need to obtain permission from DIMAS to stay longer than 30 days prior to departing our home country? We have head that we need a visa to be presented at our airport therefore meaning we would need this permission before we leave our country. Please clarify this for me.
    Thank you

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