Aruba’s currency is the florin, denoted by the letters ‘AWG.’, divided into 100 cents. The rate of exchange with the US dollar is AWG. 1.77 for cash and AWG. 1.79 for checks. The US dollar is widely accepted on Aruba; the Euro however is not. To exchange money to dollar or florin, you can visit any banks on the island.
Should you need banking services when you arrive, you will find a bank located at the airport. There are also five banks with several branches at other convenient locations. Opening hours usually are from 8am – 4pm, and ATM facilities exist all over the island.
All major credit cards are accepted and there are Credit Card & Traveler’s checks representatives (American Express/VISA/MasterCard/Discover) available who will help you should you have any problems. ATM machines are also available for cards compatible with the Cirrus system.
To prevent any inconvenience, call your local bank to check whether your card will work in Aruba.
Our Time Zone
Aruba is on Atlantic Standard Time year-round. This is one hour later than in the northeastern United States when the clocks there are turned back in the fall for Daylight Savings Time. When the clocks are moved forward in the spring, Aruba has the same time.
The power supply on the island is considerably reliable. North American voltage standard of 110 Volt (60 cycles), the same as in the United States and Canada, has been adopted on Aruba. European electrical devices won’t work without a converter plug.
Getting around Aruba is quick and easy. Bus service to and from downtown Oranjestad and resort areas is reliable and inexpensive. Taxis are always available and have set rates.
Many students rent a car for the semester, because it is very convenient to have a car in Aruba.
If you choose to rent a car, please take note of a few important traffic rules:
- Driving is on the right side of the road.
- Foreign and international driving licenses accepted.
- Free parking throughout the island.
- No right turns on red light.
- In general, blue signs tell you what is OK and red signs warn you of a restriction.
- A red circle indicates that something is forbidden and a red triangle tells you something about the road conditions.
- A yellow or orange diamond indicates that you are on a road with priority.
For your convenience we suggest rental car companies that rent cars to international and exchange students, such as the American Rental Car Companies, such as Dollar car rental, Hertz car rental, Budget car rental. Feel free to ask for other possibilities.
All International and Exchange students must have a global/international health insurance prior to his/her arrival on Aruba. Below is a list of Doctors/Specialists that collaborate with the University of Aruba. Take notice that all doctor’s practice must be paid cash; you will afterwards have to redeem your money with your insurance company.
There is no need to buy bottled water in Aruba; the island’s tap water is pure and refreshing, distilled in the world’s second largest saltwater desalination plant. Oil is refined on the island’s southwest coast and a by-product of this process is abundant pure drinking water and electricity. The plant is called the WEB (Water en Energie Bedrijf), and tours of the plant that is located in Balashi are available (Phone +297 582 4700).
The international code for Aruba is 00297. Cellular phone chips are widely available around the island. Our two main cellphone companies are Setar and Digicel.