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    I know a lot of people who stay 2 or 3 months in the winter and they do not leave or get a extension. I am a resident but my Daughter is not. She stays 3 months at a time. Sometimes when she leaves, the say you might want to get a extension the next time you come back but they don't enforce it much. The thing is in Aruba, you can line up 10 Arubans and ask them the same question and you will get 10 different answers. That's Aruba!!!
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    Kent... Upon entry does your daughter put on the paperwork that she is staying 90 days or does she put something under 30 days?

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    Hello schexc -
    Regarding your question on whether or not rental of a private home or condo is considered a "hotel/resort", the answer is YES with respect to extended stay in Aruba. The key thing you'll need to document to DIMAS is where you are staying in Aruba. To that effect, you need to show proof of a reservation. If you have rented through HomeAway or VRBO (or similar site), you can show the copy of your vacation rental reservation (and/or signed rental agreement). DIMAS basically wants to see that you have a documented plan on where you will be living for your extended stay.
    As I understand it, Aruba was having a problem with workers coming to Aruba from other countries (for example, during construction of the Ritz Carlton), and the workers were not leaving. So from the government perspective, this had potential to place a burden on the island (taking jobs from Aruba residents or risk of who pays for their health care if they are uninsured). So this new guideline was meant to tighten down on extended stays in Aruba from that perspective. It is not meant to discourage tourism, but it has caused some complication as additional paperwork and time is required for stays longer than 30 days. So as you read through the guidelines, just keep in mind that this is the kind of information that DIMAS is seeking::
    - They want to see your airline reservation to see you have a paid roundtrip ticket and plan to LEAVE the island on a specified date
    - They want to see proof of a paid reservation (at hotel, resort, or vacation rental) that documents WHERE you will stay for the entire time you are on the island
    - They want documentation of travel/health/liability insurance that documents that if you get sick/injured during your stay or get in a car accident, you have the means to pay for it.
    In essence, as long as your paperwork shows you are on vacation at the island then you won't have difficulty to get approval. (just keep in mind the paperwork approval process can be a bit lengthy and will consume time).

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    Normally 30 days because she does not always know how long she will be there. That's probably why they don't say much but I know tons of people who come every winter for 2 to 3 months and nothing is ever said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiChris View Post
    Hello schexc -
    Regarding your question on whether or not rental of a private home or condo is considered a "hotel/resort", the answer is YES with respect to extended stay in Aruba. The key thing you'll need to document to DIMAS is where you are staying in Aruba. To that effect, you need to show proof of a reservation. If you have rented through HomeAway or VRBO (or similar site), you can show the copy of your vacation rental reservation (and/or signed rental agreement). DIMAS basically wants to see that you have a documented plan on where you will be living for your extended stay.
    As I understand it, Aruba was having a problem with workers coming to Aruba from other countries (for example, during construction of the Ritz Carlton), and the workers were not leaving. So from the government perspective, this had potential to place a burden on the island (taking jobs from Aruba residents or risk of who pays for their health care if they are uninsured). So this new guideline was meant to tighten down on extended stays in Aruba from that perspective. It is not meant to discourage tourism, but it has caused some complication as additional paperwork and time is required for stays longer than 30 days. So as you read through the guidelines, just keep in mind that this is the kind of information that DIMAS is seeking::
    - They want to see your airline reservation to see you have a paid roundtrip ticket and plan to LEAVE the island on a specified date
    - They want to see proof of a paid reservation (at hotel, resort, or vacation rental) that documents WHERE you will stay for the entire time you are on the island
    - They want documentation of travel/health/liability insurance that documents that if you get sick/injured during your stay or get in a car accident, you have the means to pay for it.
    In essence, as long as your paperwork shows you are on vacation at the island then you won't have difficulty to get approval. (just keep in mind the paperwork approval process can be a bit lengthy and will consume time).
    Thankyou for all of the useful information! I can certainly understand their point of view and it makes perfect sense.
    Now the only definitive answer I need is the insurance portion. Can you get a combined Travel/Liability Policy or are they two different entitys? Has anyone purchased both or just Travel?
    It sounds like one really can't do much ahead of schedule, as far as submission of the application is concerned, but if we're there 3-4 months than there should be sufficient time, even if it's island time.

    One other thing...do you book your return flight based on getting an extension granted?

    Thanks everyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kent View Post
    Normally 30 days because she does not always know how long she will be there. That's probably why they don't say much but I know tons of people who come every winter for 2 to 3 months and nothing is ever said.
    Is she booked round trip upon entry?
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    OUR COUPLE'S RETREAT. THE PEARL CONDO HOTEL AT EAGLE BEACH. CONDO ACCOMMODATES TWO ADULTS. YOU MUST REQUEST UNIT #8. https://photos.app.goo.gl/lRquP1F4VtxyZhR42 RENTING DIRECTLY THROUGH http://www.thepearlaruba.com/.

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