Wanna Talk in Aruba?

In Aruba, top-notch telephone services allow vacationers to reach out and call someone

Photo credit: © David Manning

Using the telephone in Aruba is very simple, so travelers should not encounter any major communication problems. To call Aruba from the United States, dial the international access code (011), then the country code (297), then dial the seven-digit local number.

Local numbers in Aruba start with two digits, most likely 58. To make outgoing international calls, remember to first dial the proper code (00). (800) numbers are not toll-free numbers, so the international rate applies. An excellent resource for taking care of telecommunications needs is the Servicio di Telecomunicacion di Aruba (SETAR). It provides a host of options for phone service in Aruba.

Cellular Phones

Travelers visiting Aruba should be aware of regulations by the Aruba Airport Authority regarding cellular phones.


Cellular phones are available for rent when you present a passport and deposit. There are various rental plans including plans in which you can receive a phone via mail for service in Aruba.

SETAR provides mobile phone service functioning on the GSM 900 network. Travelers can rent SETAR phones with a photo ID and deposit. Call 586-7138. For more information or visit SETAR's Web site, www.setar.aw.

Digicel, a promising company of European origin, also offers a GSM-based global network.

Local Calling

Only the five-digit local number is needed for local calls. Pay phones are located throughout the island and cost 25 cents for local call but also are capable of making international calls for a larger fee. They accept phone cards as well as local currency.

Long Distance Services

Certain phones can connect with long-distance providers based in the United States. For AT&T subscribers, dialing 800-8000 from special phones allows you access to dial long distance for a nominal fee. However, dial 121 to use an AT&T calling card or make a collect call via a SETAR representative. Travelers also may opt to visit a SETAR office to place a long distance call or utilize SETAR's resources. This option will save you money, especially when you consider the cost of making a phone call on the island, a somewhat pricey $1.50(USD) per minute. SETAR telephones operate with credit or calling cards.

Business Services

Throughout Aruba you will find SETAR branches in Oranjestad on Irausquinplein, at Palm Beach close to the Hyatt Regency and in San Nicolas adjacent to the Caribbean Mercantile Bank. These facilities provide equipment for generating faxes, telegraphs and/or making phone calls. Internet service is also provided at one of these branches for a fee. If you plan on visiting one of the SETAR offices, make sure to go on a weekday because they are not open on the weekends. If not, dialing 121 will place you with a SETAR international representative. From there, you can place a collect or AT&T calling card call.


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