Aruba has a bit different procedure for clearing in and out as other islands in the Caribbean: At arrival all vessels are required to go to an official port of entry first! You will have to go to Barcadera harbor. The vessel will have to be cleared both by Immigration and by Customs. First do your clearance at Immigrations (Sea side office), then at Customs. Customs will want a copy of the stamped immigration form.
For your convenience you can print and fill in the necessary clearance forms (three copies for Immigration, two copies for Customs).
When clearing in there is one point to keep in mind: We suggest that you ask immigration for a longer period then you intend to stay. Should your plans change you will not have to spend time in long lines to get an extension.
Visa requirements: None for citizens of the USA, Canada or the EC. Other nationalities please download entry requirements. For persons requiring visa: Even though Aruba is part of the Netherlands, visa for the Netherlands Antilles are not valid for Aruba.
You can clear in at customs once you have finished the clearance with immigrations.
Outside of the regular clearance: As of October 1, 2012 you will also have to declare the vessel you are on. This will not need to be done upon arrival but can be done (no later than) the next day. For this you will need to use a customs broker. If you stay in the marina you can give the necessary papers to the office upon check in and we will pass it on to the broker for you. Non marina clients can also use this service.
Your customs broker will have to start the process of the declaration no later than your second day on the island. Brokers: “Landseair”: + 297-582-9284; Harold. Or “Ashley Broker” Phone # + 297 593-8305 mail: email@example.com
As of January 1 2011, Aruba Ports Authorities charges a port fee for yachts tied up to their docks. $ 10 per hour from 8.00 to 16.00. $ 15.00 per hour from 16.00 to 8.00. and $ 20.00 per hour on weekends and holidays. A uniformed harbor security officer will collect this at the vessel in cash while you are tied up.
None for citizens of the USA, Canada or the EC. Other nationalities please download entry requirements. For persons requiring visa: Even though Aruba is part of the Netherlands, visa for the Netherlands Antilles are not valid for Aruba.
Entering And Clearance In Barcadera Harbor
Call Aruba Port Control on channel 16 and notify them that you will be tying up for clearance at Barcadera harbor.
The outermost (yellow floating) harbor buoy is at approximately 12° 28.834' N 70° 00.43' W. When approaching from the Southeast make the turn into the harbor, keeping the yellow buoy to starboard. Line up the range markers which are black and yellow masts with a diamond day mark (the diamonds may be hard to see). The course will be 93° T. As you come in on this line you can see in front of you to the right the old harbor section with the big fences on it and to the left the new Northwest dock with the nice row of tires hanging on it where the local tenders and small trading ships tie up. At the very end of this NW section of dock (left) there is a section where the tires have been removed and the face board is smooth and there are sufficient bollards to tie to. Be cautious of the shoal that runs just of this NW section of the dock. There are two pilings that mark the edge of the shoal. Use the range markers to run to a position just off the new section of the harbor (WP: 12° 28.855' N 070° 00.014' W). Turn left and pass between the pilings and the dock, keeping the pilings to port as you run parallel to the dock to the no tire section of the dock where you can tie up. At low tide depths will be running at 7 ft up to the last piling where there is a short section of 6 ft depth. Vessels needing more then 6 ft will have to check the tide tables, tie up before the second piling, tie up alongside one of the island traders (the crew are generally very friendly and helpful), or tie up to the large ship docks to the East.
The captain can take the ships papers to the immigration office at the sea side of the road entry to the harbor. Across the road is the Customs office.
For more information check the Aruba Ports website.
Entering Oranjestad Harbor
About 10 minutes away from the entry buoy of Oranjestad harbor contact Aruba Port Control on channel 16 to ask for permission to enter the harbor. (Please call Aruba Port Control anytime you move your vessel within Oranjestad harbor, they don't want yachts in the way when maneuvering with large ships.)
The SE entry buoy to Oranjestad harbor is located at 12° 30.317' N 70° 02.153' W
For more information check the Aruba Ports website.
To Find The Renaissance Marina
Once you have finished clearing call the Renaissance Marina on channel 16 so that we can direct you to your slip and assist you with mooring. Office hours are 8.00 to 18.00 except on Sundays and Holidays. Assistance outside of office hours is by appointment.
The marina is located inside of Oranjestad harbor channel just east of the Cruise ship dock. The entry to the marina is at 12° 31.014' N 70° 02.348' W You will see a large concrete mooring bollard in the entry to the Marina basin. Keep this to your port when entering. Inside the basin there will be two white buoys, one will have a "No Wake" sign on it (These buoys mark the 10 ft line, SE is deeper NW is shallower). Keep these buoys to port. We should be communicating by radio by this time to direct you to your slip.