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Perhaps the best way to discover the considerable charms of Aruba is to start at the beginning. Aruba's first inhabitants were the Caquetios Indians from the Arawak tribe. Fragments of the earliest known Indian settlements date back to about 1000 A.D., as do the ancient painted symbols still visible on our limestone caves.
Some centuries later, the first European landed on Aruban shores. Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda is thought to have arrived about 1499. The Spanish promptly exported the Indians to Santo Domingo, where they were put to work in the copper mines.
During the years that followed, ownership of the island changed hands several times. In 1636, near the culmination of the Eighty Years' War between Spain and Holland, the Dutch took possession and remained in control for nearly two centuries. In 1805, during the Napoleonic Wars, the English briefly took control over the island, but it was returned to Dutch control in 1816.
You can arrange a number of excursions and activities on your own. Your choices are as varied as the island itself. There are sailing cruises, full-day or half-day island tours, side trips and island-hopping excursions, Archaeological and geological tours, Birdwatching and hiking tours, Nature tours, Marlab biological tours, Mountain bike tours, Submarine tours and much more...
And when you're ready to unwind, there are sunset cruises, sunset and Rock & Romance dinner cruises, moonlight cruises and party cruises.
Aruba residency and work permits.
Getting a Caribbean job in Aruba is not easy, but it can be done.
Foreign citizens who intend to stay in Aruba for a period longer than 3 months (90 days) need to apply for a residence permit.
Foreign citizens that would like to work in the Aruba need an employer that sponsors their work permit. Tourists are not allowed to engage in any paid activity in Aruba.
The work permit is in addition to the residence permit, these are two separate requirements. In general, a residence permit does not allow employment.
How to apply for a residence and/or work permit
Visitors* wishing reside and/or work in Aruba for a number of months must have a formal residence and also a work.
- The person concerned can apply for a residence person him/herself. One of the requirements is that you need to submit proof of your financial means to cover the intended stay
- The future employer needs to arrange / apply for the work permit
Please request application forms and verify the detailed requirements of each application with the authority concerned.
Residence permits / Working permits
Information and application forms for working permits can be obtained free of charge at:
- Ministry of Justice
- c/o Department of Immigration and Naturalization (DINA)
- Vondellaan 6-D
- Tel. +297 828 500 or +297 858 592
- Fax. +297 858 593
* Definition of a visitor
A 'visitor' is a person who visits Aruba for the purpose of recreation, sports, health, family reasons, study, religious purposes or business and does not take up any gainful occupation during his/her stay on the island.