Are you working from home as so many of us are now? I'm working from home as I write this about one of the coolest ideas ever! It's something to make our new normal sooo much better. Let's work from Aruba!

Absolutely true, you could be working from Aruba. Ahhh, sand, sun, warm, feet in the beautiful ocean. Mmmmm.....

Aruba wants to welcome travelers to work remotely from its shores, soaking up island vibes. As part of Aruba Tourism Authority’s new “One Happy Workation” program, visitors can stay for up to three months, allowing people to go straight from spreadsheets to white sandy beaches.

Sanju Luidens, the CMO of the Aruba Tourism Authority, told Travel + Leisure on Wednesday that "with many Americans working remotely, we curated the best workation experiences and deals to make it easier to not only work from paradise, but also experience living like a local. With Aruba’s perfect location under the hurricane belt, our ‘One happy island’ comes with peace of mind that sunny, warm weather is practically guaranteed.”

Oh man, I'm ready! Visitors can stay anywhere from one week to 90 days. While the program does not require any visas, those who come are not permitted to work for a person or company in Aruba.

As a bonus, Aruba is offering hotel and accommodation packages, which include special rates, complimentary WiFi, and even all-inclusive food and beverage options.

Currently, Aruba requires U.S. travelers to complete a self-health declaration form and show a negative COVID-19 test. Many travelers can choose to pre-pay for a test to be completed upon arrival and are required to purchase the Aruba Visitors Insurance.

While in Aruba, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces, including in shops and on tour buses. Restaurants are open, but bars, rum shops, and nightclubs remain closed. Hotel bars, however, have been allowed to open for hotel guests only.

The island has also implemented a cleaning and hygiene certification program for tourism-related businesses, which includes implementing plexiglass barriers at desks and disinfecting high-touch areas.

Ready.....set.....LET'S GO!


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