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Aruba: Country and Foreign Investment

Aruba's Relationship with the EU

This page was last updated on 19 Feb 2019.

As an overseas territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is an associate of the EU. Its citizens carry EU passports, and have free rights of entry, residence, work etc in the EU.

In so far as Aruba applies the common import tariff of the EU single market, it can freely export products into the EU which it has sourced externally, without additional processing. Products originating in Aruba, or which have undergone 'substantial economic transformation' there, are of EU origin.

However Aruba does not form part of the EU financial area, and, somewhat analogously to the British dependent territories, does not apply Dutch or EU taxes, other than the EU's Savings Tax Directive, which applied from 1st July 2005.



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