The resident line is no longer an option. It was a long line as well and being utilized. They also have people directing you into which line you needed to go to. If you have the chip in your passport you can use the new passport readers to the far left (and that line seemed to be the shortest.) I would say it took us about 30 minutes and we were one of the first off of our flight. In the past, it normally took us about 5 minutes.
"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts." - - Marcus Aurelius
33rd trip to Aruba - May 2016
San Fran/Napa Valley - Sept. 2016
Barcelona, Mallorca, and Andorra - Nov. 2016
Oh ok good I just received my renewed passport this summer so it has the chip. Thx. I land at 1pm and normally would not be in a rush since check in at most resorts is 4pm but I'm staying at MVC and they start check in at 1pm to 3:30pm. If you are late they leave the key with bartender so no biggie..
In February - busy season - we arrived on a Sunday and breezed through. Plane seat to taxi in record time.
These are the supposed kiosks for those with a chip
we got put in this line
frankly isn't wasn't much faster as they had to continuously reset the darn thing....
our experience was was a little over 1 hour... Sorry that's still unacceptable imop
i added the photo flipped. yes, i flipped off the photo
The long line-ups and wait times at the Immigration Hall are, no doubt, a result of Aruba's increasing popularity as a vacation destination for everyone. I agree with Amy, lots more Venezuelan vacationers in Aruba as compared with the past couple of trips. Waiting in line is an inconvenience, but that's all it is. Gear down, relax and enjoy your vacation.
Here's another example of how busy Reina Beatrix has become which we experienced on the outbound side. Our Air Canada flight to Toronto was delayed about half an hour because the potable water truck was busy servicing other outbound flights. The aircraft cannot leave on a 5 hour flight without drinking water. Eventually they got to our flight, filled our tanks and we took off. Again, inconvenient but nothing more.
Looks like Aruba is becoming the vacation destination spot in the Caribbean for visitors from all over. In a recent article in The Caribbean News Magazine Aruba has been listed as one of the best islands to live on and retire to. Just shows that the Tourism Authority is doing something right and have re-written the book on Tourism.
Thanks Glen for the great review! Glad you found a way to stop the bed from rolling away!
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ