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    Aruba Online ED copy - required by officer; departure delays

    (Tried searching to see if this had been discussed and couldn't find anything recent.)

    I was surprised on arrival that I was required to produce a printed copy of the Online ED form. Last year I just told them I had done them online and we were waved through. This year I was stopped before entering the checkpoint, and told I could not proceed without "proof" that I had completed the form. Fortunately I had printed copies and waved them at the officer, holding up the line while I dug them out. He didn't read them or anything and then waved us through.

    I thought I had read that no printed copy was necessary, thinking that it somehow matched up to your Passport when checked, because the instructions say "Print if Desired." However, I found this on the Aruba Online ED site under FAQ:
    ABOUT THE ED CARD
    What is the ED-card and who is required to fill it in?
    ED-card stands for “Embarkation and Disembarkation-card” and serves as a request for admittance to Aruba as a tourist. The card needs to be handed over to the immigration officer upon arrival in Aruba.
    I guess I was wrong. Anyway, I'll print them going forward.

    ALSO: Departure on Saturday, June 2 took forever. We just made it to the gate when the flight was half-done with boarding, having arrived a bit shy of the recommended 3 hours. Big tie-up on the US side, shuttling us in lines like cattle pens for 2 hours to go through only 2 security lanes. When they say 3 hours, they mean it. Last year we flew right through. Thankfully we didn't stop to shop or eat anything in the airport like many do, not knowing what lies ahead in the US security process.

    Rhys
    Last edited by Rhys; 06-07-2018 at 04:34 PM.

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    When we arrived in May we each held up the printed for for the person but they were not collected.
    Typically Saturdays are very busy at the airport. The 3 hour rule is necessary.

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    We were caught off guard by needing to have the printed form out upon arrival too. I had printed the forms but had them tucked away in our carry on bag. I felt so bad holding up the line and of course because I was trying to find them quickly, I was a little panicky - making it take even longer. Lesson learned, and thank you for sharing this info!

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    I had printed the forms and had them ready, but still had an issue. We were going to Aruba for a few weeks, leaving for a week and coming back. I did all the forms at one time. I didn't know that when I did the ED form for coming back after leaving for a week, it deleted the first ED card from their system. We had to stand there and fill out a new form.

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    I arrived today. I had filled the card online and printed it out. When we arrived there was a man before the passport control who collected them. Never had that happen to us before.

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    We've always just filled out the card that was handed out on the flight.

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    I was always sound asleep when they handed out those cards. Once I grabbed a stack and brought them home and we did it prior. Now the online works well for us.
    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    We've always just filled out the card that was handed out on the flight.

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    I always print them out. sometimes they collect them, sometimes they don't. I guess it depends who is there and how long the line is.

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    I printed them out the first year and did not print the 2nd year - no one asked for them either time. I guess I will print & bring with us this year. Doesn't that defeat the whole point of being green & completing the forms online?
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I always print out the online form and stick them in my passport holder so they're ready if we need them. This past trip in Dec/Jan. they asked for the forms and collected them when we arrived. It's always best to be prepared as travel rules and regs are always changing.
    ~Amy~ - Sedona, AZ: April/May 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept./Oct. 2018 --
    Italy: Nov./Dec. 2018





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