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Applying For A Digital Nomad Visa In Aruba And Its Advantages

Sometimes when we finish our work day, we want to relax and enjoy the beach. Aruba will not only allow you to work in beautiful places but also give you the opportunity to relax as you most enjoy after a long day. As a tourist country, Aruba’s economy mainly revolves around tourism, attracting many foreigners. Being in a tourist country will guarantee you do not have a dull time as a digital nomad in Aruba.

Aruba is known as the "happiest island on earth," and more than 90 distinct ethnic groups and ethnicities are represented in this 120,000-person country. Despite maintaining Dutch autonomy, Arubans still choose to embrace the native culture of their homeland. While visiting the country, your safety won’t be a problem since Aruba has a low crime rate.


Aerial from kite surfing on Aruba island

Aerial from kite surfing on Aruba island

What is the Life of a Digital Nomad Like? 

A digital nomad is a person who travels frequently and uses technology to conduct business remotely from locations other than their country of residence. They travel extensively and enjoy many cultures and social interactions. Working remotely and constantly travelling make up the digital nomad lifestyle. 

Living a digital nomad lifestyle is lovely because you can make it a unique experience. It brings with it a great deal of freedom. You have a say in where you live, how often you work, and how you spend your days. Before you can have this freedom, a digital nomad visa is required. A digital nomad visa is a permit or arrangement that gives individuals permission to live and work inside the borders of another country for a set amount of time. Usually, digital nomad visas will give you at least a 6-month stay.

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Digital Nomad Visa IN Aruba 

In response to the rise of digital nomads and remote workers who prefer the beauty of the outdoors to the monotony of the office setting, Aruba is now accepting visitors to work remotely from its coastlines. The country's new short-stay visa program allows visitors to stay for a maximum of three months. This is a fantastic chance for individuals to stay longer and work on the area's white sand beaches.

The time it takes to process a digital nomad visa in Aruba varies depending on the country where the application is submitted. The digital nomad visa fees can also vary depending on the country of application. Some nations, such as the USA, will not be required to pay visa fees. 

A personal income tax rate is imposed on tax residents of Aruba and levied from various income sources, including wages, pensions, interest, and dividends. As you are not regarded as a tax resident, since you only stay up to 90 days with a digital nomad visa in Aruba, you are not required to pay any taxes to Aruba.

I hope that in the future, Aruba allows digital nomads a chance to truly live there for a longer period of time.


Flag of Aruba against the Sky

Flag of Aruba against the Sky

How can I apply for a digital nomad visa in Aruba?

The application for the digital nomad Visa in Aruba is simple; I will briefly list the requirements for this process. 

The following documents are required to apply for a digital nomad visa for Aruba: 

  • You need a valid passport.
  • You must have two recent passport-size photos.
  • A return ticket stating the date of your return from Aruba.
  • You will require proof of accommodations, which can be a hotel reservation, lease, or rental agreement.
  • Health Insurance. You may want to apply for foreign health insurance for digital nomads or travel health insurance, depending on the duration of your stay.
  • You must prove that you will have sufficient income to cover your expenses during your stay.
  • Yellow fever immunization certificate, you should get the immunization a minimum of 10 days before your trip. 

Once you have all the documents, you need to schedule a physical appointment at the nearest Dutch embassy to apply for the digital nomad visa. Depending on the country of application, visa costs vary. Some nations will not be required to pay the visa cost. The waiting period for approval varies.

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Aruba Digital Nomad Visa for United States Citizens 

One Happy Workation, a program offered by Aruba to citizens of the United States, enables digital nomads to work remotely for 90 days. Remote employees, digital nomads, and freelancers can participate in the program introduced in 2020. 

To be eligible for the program, US citizens must either work for a company in their home country or be self-employed with a company that is registered there. To visit, they can apply online at the Embarkation and Disembarkation (ED) card website and choose "One Happy Workation." There are no fees, and processing is instantaneous. US citizens are also exempt from paying double taxes.


The advantages of working as a digital nomad in Aruba 

The first advantage as a digital nomad in Aruba is that you are not regarded as a tax resident during your stay and are exempt from paying any taxes in Aruba. You also have a fantastic work atmosphere as a digital nomad in Aruba, whether you're searching for a classy beachfront hotel or a handy and pleasant full-service timeshare complex. You will always be able to discover the ideal lodging in Aruba and enjoy great meals.

Keshi Yena, a traditional food in Aruba

Keshi Yena, a portion of traditional food in Aruba

Aruba has a very sophisticated culinary scene. It's a kaleidoscope of international cuisine with influences from over 90 different cultures and nations. You can find countless snack and snack bar establishments and a broad range of restaurants and cafés all over the island. Stomas, Pastechi, Keshi Yena, Sopis, and Pisca Hasa are some of Aruba's many traditional dishes that set it apart from other Caribbean islands. 

Aruba has a slightly lower overall cost of living than the USA. Supermarket shopping will be very similar to what you spend in the USA and restaurants. You can expect to pay half the rent costs in the USA, which brings your total cost of living down by a reasonable amount.

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Aruba is an ideal place to live as a digital nomad, even though Aruba's digital nomad visa program could be improved as it is not one of the best ones out there. You can find a variety of entertaining activities to engage in once your workday on the laptop is over. The island has many attractions to explore and unique activities to enjoy, such as snorkeling to see the fish and corals, taking a Segway tour, visiting the museum, and many others. 

The digital nomad visa in Aruba allows you to be a tourist while working for a meager three months without being charged extra taxes. You can live safely on a paradisiacal Caribbean island, enjoying various cultures and lifestyles. The best part is that the requirements are much simpler than other digital nomad visas. Don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to stay longer in Aruba and become a resident.


Magnificent flamingos on Flamingo beach, Aruba

Magnificent flamingos on Flamingo beach, Aruba


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Mikkel Thorup

Written by Mikkel Thorup

Mikkel Thorup is the world’s most sought-after expat consultant. He focuses on helping high-net-worth private clients to legally mitigate tax liabilities, obtain a second residency and citizenship, and assemble a portfolio of foreign investments including international real estate, timber plantations, agricultural land and other hard-money tangible assets. Mikkel is the Founder and CEO at Expat Money™, a private consulting firm started in 2017. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, the Expat Money Show, and wrote the definitive #1-Best Selling book Expat Secrets - How To Pay Zero Taxes, Live Overseas And Make Giant Piles Of Money, and his second book: Expats Guide On Moving To Mexico.

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