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    Smile Groceries

    Does anyone know what groceries we can bring on flight to import into Aruba from Canada.

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    Aruba customs

    United States citizens and citizens of other countries residing in United States (holding a Green Card or any valid long-term United States visa except B1/B2) can apply for a visa to Aruba online.

    Import Regulations by Aruba customs
    Export Regulations by Aruba customs
    Health and Security
    Contact Aruba Customs Authorities


    Free import

    • 200 cigarettes or
    • 50 cigars;
    • 1 litre of distilled beverages or
    • 2.25 litres of wine or
    • 3 litres beer;
    • Gift articles up to a value of AWG 100
    • Unlimited amount of perfume

    Prohibited

    • Illegal drugs
    • Guns, explosives and ammunition
    • Knives and deadly weapons
    • Furs
    • Precious stones
    • Perishable foodstuffs requiring refrigeration
    • Plant and plant products
    • Foreign soil
    • Pets and animals without prior permission
    • Dogs, cats, monkeys and parrots from South America
    • Meat and meat products
    • Counterfeit money and goods
    • Pornographic material

    Restricted

    • All animals being imported into the country will require a Veterinarian Health Certificate from the country of origin issued less than two weeks prior to your arrival. Dogs and cats will require an additional Rabies Inoculation Certificate proving the animal’s protection against the disease. Dogs and cats less than four months old are exempt from requiring any rabies vaccinations providing prove of the animals age is included on the original certificate.
    • Leather imports of Haiti origin are unlikely to be accepted into the country.
    • Log and limber products from Liberia including posts, poles, tables, crates and tables are all prohibited from entering the country.i sent you a private message.

    so, now considering this i may reconsider bringing my "frozen stuff"...or not. :-)


    check out this link Anyone Bring Food in their suitcases?
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 11-08-2011 at 03:23 PM.

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    Just as a note. We find that groceries in Aruba cost about the same as they do in Canada (okay in Calgary) so unless there is something specific you want it may not be financial beneficial to carry alot of groceries. Of course that is personal preferance.

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    Thanks for the info. I think I will just bring a few things so we don't have to shop right away.

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    Andrea you are quick!!!

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    i will continue to bring the stuff i normally do.
    i find the pricing higher in aruba than here in FLA by about 30-40%.

    i do not like to spend time "cooking" while in aruba.
    i do not mind thawing and warming up.

    if my meals are confiscated at aruba customs, then my only regret would be they'd get my lock n lock containers ;-)

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    Groceries

    We own timeshare besides staying at different resorts during the year. When we visit our timeshare, the only things that we might bring is maybe artificial sweetener, coffee filters, powdered drink packets. Everything else that one might need can be found in the larger supermarkets which offer a wide variety of selections. If you purchase Dutch products compared to well known brands, you will find a big savings. Through the years we have spoken to other timeshare owners that have brought whole suitcases of groceries with them including home made sauces etc. It is hard enough packing clothes for one's vacation besides the fact that most of the airlines charge fees. I knew a couple that every year around Thanksgiving time used to bring a frozen turkey with them on the aircraft. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Aruba supermarkets have plenty of frozen turkeys to purchase. Just enjoy your vacation in Aruba and purchase those Dutch products which are much better in some cases then the popular brands.
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    we have gotten it down to a science and find no issues of packing food and clothing.
    the airline we fly still allows free checked luggage.

    i bring what i can bring and what works for us.

    i advise all to do what works for you and your family.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    We own timeshare besides staying at different resorts during the year. When we visit our timeshare, the only things that we might bring is maybe artificial sweetener, coffee filters, powdered drink packets. Everything else that one might need can be found in the larger supermarkets which offer a wide variety of selections. If you purchase Dutch products compared to well known brands, you will find a big savings. Through the years we have spoken to other timeshare owners that have brought whole suitcases of groceries with them including home made sauces etc. It is hard enough packing clothes for one's vacation besides the fact that most of the airlines charge fees. I knew a couple that every year around Thanksgiving time used to bring a frozen turkey with them on the aircraft. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the Aruba supermarkets have plenty of frozen turkeys to purchase. Just enjoy your vacation in Aruba and purchase those Dutch products which are much better in some cases then the popular brands.

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    This is my 10th year going to Aruba..I bring frozen meats in my luggage. Steaks/bacon/saugy hot dogs/chicken breast...they are frozen and placed in ziplock bags and wrapped in newspaper. Flight from Boston is direct so meats don't even get a chance to thaw...we are there for 3 weeks and I do not go out to eat for 3 weeks...but love to bar b que so that is what we do...we also bring equal/powdered creamer/coffee pods however everything else we buy there...each grocery store has their specials...

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    The only thing I think that is over priced and expensive is beer ! Wish we could pack that and bring it.

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