Phones – To make a local call from a public phone, you must purchase a phone card in denominations of $5, $9 or $18 at the airport, hotel counter, gas station or supermarket. You can also dial tel. 121 to make a pickup call. Most mobile phones work in Aruba, but you may need to call your carrier first to make sure you have an international plan. Prices are usually in the range of $2 per minute and 50¢ per text. Make sure to disable the data plan while you are on the island, otherwise your phone will charge when you try to connect to the network for system updates. AT&T customers can dial 916/843-4685 to reach an operator from a mobile phone, or call 800-8000 from phones at cruise docks and at the airport. Verizon`s global customer service number is 908/559-4899. Sprint customer service in Aruba is at 888/211-4727. T-Mobile can be reached at 888/866-2453. Local mobile phones can be rented at the airport on a daily or weekly basis. The two main carriers are Digicel (tel.
297/522-2222; www.digicelaruba.com) and SETAR (tel. 297/583-4000; www.setar.aw). Prices are $50 per week for a certain number of minutes, with a fee per minute for overruns. There is an additional charge for outgoing and incoming calls and a deposit is usually required. For frequent calls, Skype allows you to use your laptop to make calls to landlines and mobile phones for a penny. If your hotel has free Wi-Fi, you`ll need to register a package, provided you`re ready to take the laptop with you. Alcohol Laws – The minimum legal age for alcohol consumption in Aruba is 18 for beer, wine and spirits. Although the consumption of alcoholic beverages is allowed on the beaches, be sure to remove all empty bottles, as the Aruba authorities strictly manage their litter laws.
Passports – All visitors from abroad must have an up-to-date passport. Information on obtaining a passport can be found in www.frommers.com/planning. Time – Aruba is atlantic standard time all year round. For most of the year, the island is 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. If the U.S. is on daylight saving time, the time in New York and Aruba is the same. Law: National Decree of 19 May 2011 establishing new rules for the protection of privacy in relation to the recording and dissemination of personal data (only available here in Dutch) («the Regulation») on 29 May 2011. In August 2016, Parliament was due to vote on an amendment to civil law granting civil partnerships to same-sex couples [R1.1].
Area codes – To call Aruba from the United States, dial 011 (the international area code), then 297 (the country code of Aruba), then 58 (the area code) and the five-digit local number. If you`re in Aruba, simply dial the local five-digit number. Opening hours – shops open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon-Sat); some close from 12pm to 2pm. Shops in shopping malls and malls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. When cruise ships are at the port, some shops in Oranjestad are open on Sundays and public holidays.
Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday). The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, a local language that combines European, African and Amerindian languages, but virtually everyone speaks English. Spanish is also widely spoken. Taxes and Service Fees – The Government of Aruba imposes a room tax of 11% as well as 5% to 7% on the service. Restaurants often charge a 10% to 12% service fee. A sales tax of 1.5% can be added to purchases, or it can be included in the price of the merchandise ticket. Store owners have the option to decide whether tax is added to the price or whether it is built into the original price, so be sure to ask before making any major purchases. Summary: Although the Regulation establishes rules and procedures relating to the rights of data subjects, there is no provision on the reporting of data breaches or on the obligation to register with an authority. In addition, there is no tailor-made regulatory authority for the protection of personal data.
Instead, the Minister of Justice and Security is responsible for overseeing the settlement. In addition, the Netherlands Antilles and the Civil Code of Aruba (available here only in Dutch) establish an obligation of confidentiality for all contracts between a bank and its customers and require that information about a customer cannot be disclosed without the customer`s consent. Aruba`s Financial Intelligence Unit is responsible for monitoring compliance with financial sector data protection laws, including the State Regulation on Preventing and Combating Money Laundering and terrorist Financing (including AB 2019 No. 26). On August 25, 2005, the Supreme Court of Aruba upheld a December lower court`s decision that the Caribbean island should register the marriage of Charlene and Esther Oduber-Lamers, who had married in Holland in 2001 [R1.2]. Newspapers and magazines – The Morning News and Aruba Today are the leading English-language newspapers in Aruba. Holidays – Most shops and restaurants close on public holidays. However, if you stay near resort areas, you may not be affected at all. Here is a list of Aruba`s public holidays: January 1 (New Year`s Day); January 25 (Day of Betico Croes); February 20, 2012 (Carnival Monday); February 21, 2012 (Mardi Gras); February 22, 2012 (Ash Wednesday); March 18 (national anthem and flag day); 6 April 2012 (Good Friday); 8 April 2012 (Easter Sunday); April 30 (Queen`s birthday); May 1 (Aruba Labor Day); May 17, 2012 (Ascension Day); December 25 (Christmas Day); and December 26 (Boxing Day). Water – The water comes from the second largest desalination plant in the world, considered one of the best sources of water supply in the world. Bottled water is widely used, but it is highly discouraged due to the environmental cost of importing as well as the island`s growing garbage disposal problem.
In April 2007, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands ordered that same-sex marriages registered in the Netherlands be recognised and ruled that Dutch marriages have «equal legal force» in Aruba [R1.1]. Consensual sex between same-sex couples is legal electricity at the age of fifteen (15) – Like the United States and Canada, Aruba uses 110-120 volts AC (60 cycles). On 8 September 2016, Parliament reportedly voted by 11 votes to 5 with four abstentions to amend the provisions of the Civil Code relating to marriage to cover same-sex partnerships. These sections include things like entitlement to a spouse`s death pension or emergency medical decisions [R1.2]. Article 251 of the Criminal Code of Aruba (which Aruba adapted after its secession from the Netherlands Antilles) reads as follows: Courrier – Aruba created its own stamps in 1986. The post office (tel. 297/582-1900) is located in J.E. Irausquinplein 9 in Oranjestad. Postcard stamps in the United States are 1.25 AWG (71¢). Hospitals – Horacio Oduber Hospital, L.G. Smith Boulevard, near Eagle Beach (tel.
297/587-4300), is modern and well-equipped, with 280 beds. Police – Police respond to emergency calls on tel. 911. The main train station (tel. 297/582-4000) is located at Wilhelminastraat 33, Oranjestad. Aruba has a Court of First Instance in Aruba and a Common Court of Appeal in Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba in Curaçao. The Supreme Court of Aruba is the Supreme Court of The Hague (Hoge Raad), Netherlands, which is also the Supreme Court of Curacao, St. Maarten, the BES Islands and the Netherlands themselves. Aruba has a civil law system.
The main part of civil law is the Civil Code. Almost all laws and regulations are based to a large extent on their equivalent in the Netherlands. Currency – The empire`s coin is the Aruba Florin (AWG), but U.S. dollars are widely accepted. Embassies and Consulates – The Consulate General of the United States in the Netherlands Antilles is located in Willemsted on Curacao, at P.O. Box 158, J.B. Gorsiraweg 1; Telephone 599/9-461-3066; Fax: 599/9-461-6489; curacao.usconsulate.gov. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Consular inspection hours are only Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Banks – Banks are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. Oranjestad and Noord, the inner city of Palm Beach, have many branches. The most central bank is Aruba Bank at Caya Betico Croes 41 (tel. 297/527-7777). It is not difficult to find an ATM (because there are more than 50 of them on the island and they spend money in guilders or US dollars, depending on your preference). When in doubt, follow the buzzing and flashing lights to the nearest casino. There is a good chance in your favor that there will be an ATM at the entrance. Article 251: «Anyone who commits immoral acts involving or including sexual penetration of the body out of wedlock with a person who has reached the age of twelve but not fifteen years shall be punished by deprivation of liberty for not more than eight years or a fine not exceeding 100,000 guilders» [R1.1].