Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Aruba?
Aruba is a beautiful and friendly island with a European feel given that it's part of the Dutch Antilles.
Getting around is very easy and, away from the times of arrival of cruise ships, it's quiet too.
Seat Belt Laws
All occupants of a moving car must wear a seat belt whilst driving in Aruba.
Drinking and Driving
In Aruba, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 50mg per 100ml of blood. This is lower than in the UK and means that even one drink can take you over the limit. We always recommend that, when driving in an unfamiliar country, you never drink then get behind the wheel.
Must Have Documents
The only compulsory document for drivers to carry is their driving licence which, for motorists from outside Aruba needs to be an international one. It’s recommended to carry your registration document and a copy of your insurance certificate as well.
The speed limits for Aruba are as follows:
Open roads: 60 km/h
In Town: 40 km/h
Highway: 80 km/h
Minimum Driving Age
You have to be at least 18 to be able to drive in Aruba. If you're renting a car the minimum age is 21 and if you’re under 25 years old you may have to pay extra for your inexperience. There is a maximum age for hiring a car of 70 years old
Safety Camera Warning Devices
It’s not illegal to use radar detectors in Aruba but there’s no need to exceed the speed limit either. The roads aren’t conducive to high speeds and the languorous way of life means that no one is in a hurry. Relax and join them.
On the Spot Fines
If you are stopped by the police for a motoring offence you’ll be issued with a penalty notice and fine that must be paid within 21 days at the local police station.
Child Safety Rules
In Aruba, children under the age of five cannot sit in the front of a vehicle. They must be seated in an appropriate restraint system in the rear of the vehicle. If you’re booking a hire car from us, simply tell us your children’s ages when you book and we’ll ensure the correct seating is fitted.
A minimum of third party insurance is required in Aruba and whilst legally you don’t need to carry the certificate with you, it’s always recommended.
Rules of the Road
Standard international driving laws apply with one or two exceptions.
• In Aruba, cars travel on the right hand side of the road
• You cannot turn right on a red light
• You must only use your horn if there is danger of collision
There aren’t any regulations for towing in Aruba, it’s up to the driver to ensure that common sense prevails including secure attachment and good visibility.
Fixed speed cameras haven’t made it to Aruba yet but occasionally, the police will keep a check on speeding using hand held cameras. If you exceed the speed limit at these checkpoints a fine will be incurred.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
To be able to use a mobile phone whilst driving in Aruba, you must have a hands-free kit otherwise you are breaking the law.
Parking regulations are quite lax on Aruba with only the capital Oranjestad suffering any major parking problems. There, you’ll have to be careful where you park to avoid parking fines for obstruction or overstaying a time limit.
You’ll find plenty of paid parking in Oranjestad as the locals take advantage of the tourist traffic. If you’re lucky, you’ll also find free parking in most places, more likely in the smaller towns or away from the commercial centres and tourist attractions.
There’s little enforcement of parking as much of it is free. You’ll only encounter police involvement in parking where a road or access is obstructed or if you overstay timed parking.
Disabled access parking is not easy to find but if you struggle, the locals are often friendly and helpful and will do what they can to help.
Motor Way Signs
There are no motorways on Aruba although there is a decent highway along the south west coast of the island.
I have broken down: Ik heb afgebroken
Where is the police station?: Waar is het politiebureau?
I have a flat tyre: Ik heb een lekke band
I have been in an accident: Ik heb een ongeluk gehad
Where is?: Waar is?
Where can I buy petrol?: Waar kan ik benzine kopen?
Aruban traffic light follow a different sequence to those elsewhere. There is no amber light when the lights change from red to green. This often surprises unsuspecting drivers
There are no toll roads on Aruba so you can put that change away.
The emergency number in Aruba is either 100 for the police or 911 for other emergency services.
What to do in an emergency
If you have mechanical problems with your hire car, use the emergency number on the documentation or inside the windscreen. If driving a private car, you’ll need to contact a local mechanic who is willing to come out to you. It’s useful to carry a number with you.
If you are involved in an accident where no one is hurt and there is only minor damage you are allowed to sort out the problem between yourselves. In the event of major damage or injury, you must contact the emergency services and await their arrival. If possible, do not move the vehicles but if you have to, take photographs of the scene and details of any witnesses.
As of December 2014, the average price of 95 octane unleaded petrol in Aruba is 96p whilst diesel is 88p. Prices can vary across the island