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Things you need to know to ensure your Aruba visit is enjoyable and all you want it to be. Included here is information about Entry and Customs Regulations, Driving, Traffic Signs used on the Island, Health Care, Money, Staying in Touch and Island Transportation.

The road signs in Aruba are different from those in the US. See Aruba Traffic Signs Here

Please familiarize yourself with traffic rules and signs before driving. Roads can be very slick after a rain; drive cautiously. For off-road adventure, consider renting a car with 4-wheel drive or a jeep.

All requirements are subject to change without notice.

If you decide to rent a car to get around and explore the island, there are a few things you should know. Unless otherwise posted, speed limits in built-up areas is 25 mph (40km/h) and 37 mph (60 km/h) on highways and rural areas. In recent years Aruba has replaced traffic lights with roundabouts (circles) at major intersections that can be frustrating to some drivers. Traffic laws require that vehicles entering the roundabout yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. Many rural roads are dirt with many potholes.

The major roads are L.G. Smith Blvd and Sasaki Highway which will take you the length of the island. Speed limits on these roads are 40 mph (60 km/h) in most places though that is a very rough guideline. Because the island is so small, everything of interest is close to everything else of interest, and it takes special talent to get lost. If you don't know where you're going, just keep driving, and statistically speaking you are likely to end up where you need to go eventually. It should be noted, however, that many of the roads are not identified by signage. If you should get lost, look at the way the Divi trees are bent, they are always bent to the West toward the hotel/resort area. Watch for dogs, goats and donkeys wandering on the roads.

Cellphone use while driving is prohibited and can lead to court action, large fines and possible imprisonment.

To enhance the parking experience in several busy areas in Oranjestad, paid parking via parking meters has recently been implemented as a solution to the lack of available parking spaces. For more information on rates and where to buy a parking "SmartCard" please visit Aruparking.com.

If you are involved in an accident, DO NOT MOVE THE CAR, notify the police by calling 911 and wait for them to arrive.

  • Driving is on the right
  • Right turns on red are prohibited
  • Speed limits are posted in kilometers per hour
  • Traffic on traffic roundabouts (circles) has the right of way. Drivers entering the circles must wait for an opening
  • U.S. and international driver's licenses are valid
  • At all intersections traffic coming from the right has the right of way
  • Obey right, left and center arrows on multilane roads
  • Pedestrians always have the right of way
  • Wear your seatbelt