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Clearance Procedures

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. Your customs broker will have to start the process of the declaration no later than your second day on the island.

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.

Clearing in Oranjestad Harbor

Currently Barcadera harbor is under construction in preparation of the moving of the container terminal from Oranjestad to Barcadera harbor Therefore as of April 15 2014 Yachts visiting Aruba will have to do their clearance in Oranjestad Harbor.

Call "Aruba Port Control" on channel 16 when approaching Oranjestad harbor. The port Captain will probably want to switch to channel 11 or 14. Then request permission to enter the harbor to clear Customs and Immigration. Customs agents are present in Oranjestad harbor the Immigration officer will have to come down from Barcadera. Calling in your arrival 1/2 hour before arrival will expedite the clearing in process.

Oranjestad SE entry buoy: 12° 30.317' N 70° 02.153' W.
The port captain will assign you a place to tie up on one of the harbor docks and notify the authorities. The Immigration and Customs officers will come to your vessel to do the clearance.

This will be at the second basin, to the west of the long cruise ship dock, at the "Hans dock" to port 12° 31.285' N 70° 02.709' W

All crew will have to stay on board and wait for the customs and the immigration officials to come to the boat.

You will have to do your clearance with both Customs and Immigration.

Before departing the harbor to go to the marina (Or when making any movements within the harbor), call Aruba Port Control to make sure there is no other traffic, They don't want yachts getting run over by large steel ships.

For more information check the Aruba Ports website.

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.

Clearing in Barcadera harbor:

You can clear in at Barcadera harbor keeping in mind the following

  • The container terminal is off limits to yachts.
  • You will have to tie up to the North West dock with the wood face board. There is a shoal in front of this dock.
  • The entry buoy to Barcadera harbor is at 12° 28.834′ N 70° 00.430′ W.
  • Customs dock Barcadera is at 12° 28.855′ N 70° 00.014′ W.
  • Contrary to clearing in Oranjestad where you have to stay aboard for the officials to come to your yacht, in Barcadera you will have to go to the Immigration and customs office on the dock.

Barcadera Dock Aruba


Barcadera Customs dock

If you go to the end of the (wood) dock stay close to the dock or the vessels tied to the dock on the way there to stay off the shallows.
Up to 7 ft draft can go to the end, but you need to stay close to the dock.

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.