Aruba is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It is an autonomous territory and one of the constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Forms the so-called ABC islands along with the Dutch countries of Bonaire and Curaçao. Head of state is the King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander, represented here by the Governor of Aruba. Local currency is the Aruban florin. Official languages are Dutch and Papiamento.
About 75% of local GDP is earned by the tourism sector. Financial services also play a significant role in the Aruban economy; today it is a fast developing international financial centre with favourable taxation. According to the data of the Aruban Chamber of Commerce, nowadays there are more than 5000 businesses registered in Aruba. It used to be blacklisted as a non-cooperative tax haven by the OECD and EU back in the 1990s and early 2000s, but it has been removed from the lists due to implementation of required amendments.
Business activities in Aruba are regulated by the Civil Code and other laws.
Local legislature is based on the Dutch one, with some influences of the English Common Law.
Commercial register of Aruba is managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Aruba (Kamer van Koophandel en Nijverheid Aruba), created in 1930. This institution represents businesses on different levels of power in the autonomy. It is also an advisory body to the government and Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Chamber also supervises the Trade and Foundations Registries.
When registering a company in Aruba, it is obligatory to get a business license at the Department of Economic Affairs. This does not apply to partnerships and individual entrepreneurs.
Non-residents of Aruba (except for Dutch citizens) cannot register a business in Aruba without a resident business partner.
Main types of businesses in Aruba
- Naamloze Vennootschap (NV) – limited company (corporation)
- Vennootschap met Beperkte Aansprakelijkheid (VBA) – limited liability company
- Aruba Vrijgestelde Venootschappen (AVV) – Aruban limited liability corporation
- Vennootschap onder firma (VOF) – partnership
- Сommanditaire vennootschap (CV) – limited partnership
- Private entrepreneurs
- Branches of foreign companies
Contents of the commercial register of Aruba
Main extract available from the commercial register of Aruba is a company profile. It comes in Dutch or English and contains information about a company, relevant at the moment of the request.
- Full legal name
- Company representatives
- Directors and shareholders
- Current status (active or inactive)
- Type of business
- Branches and subsidiaries
- Registered capital
- Contact information
- Corporate documents
- Certificate of Good Standing - an official document that confirms a company’s solvency, reliability, and right to do business in Aruba. This certificate is only issued to companies that fully comply with the requirements in terms of taxation and financial reports submission.
NB: Information about some companies may be unavailable, or available for a fee.
Search in the register is not free of charge. Search results are sent to you within 3-5 days after request submission.
To get a required document, we will need the following information about a company:
- Full legal name
- Registration number
An extract from the business register of Aruba can be used in order to:
- Obtain detailed information about potential business partners
- Negotiate foreign trade agreements
- Register legal entities with foreign participation
- File legal claims
An extract is provided in the form of a PDF-file in English or Dutch. Original documents can be translated, sent by post, in a notarised or apostilled form.
Aruba acceded to the The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents on 1 March 1967, as a part of Kingdom of Netherlands.
Therefore, the documents issued in Aruba are subject to a simplified apostilling procedure, thus the documents gain full legal value in Convention member states after notarised translation.
In addition, you can order notarised translation from Dutch or English.
We provide extracts from the register in strict compliance with the legislation of the Kingdom of Netherlands and the General Data Protection Regulation.
Inquiries are processed within one working day. Courier delivery of apostilled documents is paid separately by courier service tariffs.
You can order free preliminary availability check of required information on our website.
|Service||Price incl. German VAT 19%||Price excl. VAT|
|Price for an Electronic Extract||from 119,00 €||from 100,00 €|
|Price for an Extract with Apostille without international shipping||from 714,00 €||from 600,00 €|