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Aruba is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is responsible for the conduct of foreign affairs, including with the United States, and its embassies and consulates issue visas for travel to the island, although visas are not required for U.S. citizen tourists.
Tourism is the mainstay of Aruba’s economy. Approximately two million tourists per year visit Aruba, nearly 80 percent of those coming from the United States. In 2019, U.S. exports to Aruba were valued at $526 million, while imports from Aruba were valued at $20 million: . The main U.S. imports from Aruba in 2020 are value added to a returned import, scrap of precious metal; soap, related soap products; makeup and skincare products: .
The U.S. Consulate General in Curacao is responsible for the day-to-day management of relations with the Dutch Caribbean, which includes Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten. The consulate provides a variety of services to U.S. citizens; it also can issue non-immigrant visas for certain travelers to the U.S. who wish to visit, work, or study for a temporary period.
The consulate was opened in 1793. It was one of the earliest U.S. consulates, reflecting the importance of Caribbean trade to the new United States. The Consul General resides in the historic Roosevelt House, which was the local government’s gift of property to the United States in 1950 as an expression of gratitude for U.S. protection during World War II.
Principal U.S. consulate officials are listed in the [418 KB].
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