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Andrea J.
06-10-2020, 09:24 PM
not confirmed by the ATA office but an announcement from gvmt

announced during a live news conference by prime minister Evelyn never croes

I am awaiting ATA full wording and more information.
t8277

Pegmeister
06-10-2020, 09:28 PM
I just saw this announcement on another Aruba site.

WaltVB
06-10-2020, 09:53 PM
Damn, that's too bad. We so wanted to help Aruba and contribute to the economy. We won't try to change our RSVPs again. I have a trip for work scheduled the first of August so there is no way we'd be able to reschedule without trying for fall/winter. So we'll put our timeshare weeks back in the "bank", cancel Holiday Inn and put all of those points and free nights back in my account, and wait for Delta to cancel our flights and put the cash back in the vacation fund. Maybe I'll take Pam to San Diego with me in August. Good luck Aruba!

Traceyd14
06-10-2020, 09:55 PM
So sorry Walt.

Andrea J.
06-10-2020, 09:58 PM
very disappointed for you and Pam
So sorry Walt.

WaltVB
06-10-2020, 10:11 PM
Yeah well, we all kinda figured this would happen. Thanks y'all. I just thought about the 4 weeks of vacation I'm going to have to use some other way.

robin
06-10-2020, 10:12 PM
Interesting that they are opening to Europe and Canada before the US.

Andrea J.
06-10-2020, 10:28 PM
some of us are getting much more information that is being transcribed from the Prime Minister's News Conference.

I believe that the sources who are posting this information.

However to err on the side of caution, I will only post that thumbnail that PM Wever Croes had as part of her presentation.

Once there is a communication to me from the ATA I will post.
I do not want folks speculating or translating........I was just speaking with a friend who lives in Aruba and she said it is all very fluid and the goal post are being adjusted and will be adjusted.

Lots of unanswered questions and WE WILL get answers

LisaGrn
06-10-2020, 10:39 PM
I'm so sorry, Walt. Must admit I was really hoping you and Pam would make it so you could "report back" to us.

brady bear
06-10-2020, 10:48 PM
Sorry Walt.. hoping with fingers and toes cross I can go end of September.

Pegmeister
06-10-2020, 11:00 PM
Sorry Walt. This certainly has been a touch year for vacations!!

Aruba4ever
06-10-2020, 11:42 PM
July 10th is the date to reopen per one of my Aruba friends to the US....thought others may like a bit of good news. Praying its true. I know some hate my news, oh well.

B Likes To Travel
06-10-2020, 11:42 PM
Interesting. This still puts me in the running. I’ll sit tight. Still
have until June 30th for flight cancellation covered under the waiver. No accommodations are booked so I’m gonna play it by ear.

Andrea J.
06-11-2020, 01:29 AM
Jay no one will hate your news. It is Aruba news announced by the Prime Minister earlier tonight.

more info to be sorted thru but bottom line there are “conditions” that need to be met and followed.


July 10th is the date to reopen per one of my Aruba friends to the US....thought others may like a bit of good news. Praying its true. I know some hate my news, oh well.

Aruba4ever
06-11-2020, 01:48 AM
Hate my be the wrong word...I did not realize it was announced and thought I was doing a no no. I will move on at this point. My message was heard...


Jay no one will hate your news. It is Aruba news announced by the Prime Minister earlier tonight.

more info to be sorted thru but bottom line there are “conditions” that need to be met and followed.

gaby
06-11-2020, 05:48 AM
My only concern is can you get results back from the covid test that soon, it says 3 days prior to traveling. I know it took like 5 days for my brother. but the immunity test I know takes like 15 minutes (unless its changed). I don't have a problem with the testing, just wondering on the short time span they want you to take it and then have proof as they mail you the proof. My brother actually received a phone call 4 days later and the proof was sent out and he received in writing one week later, same as my SIL. However, the immunity test came back in like 15 minutes. Now I know that tells you either you have the antibodies or you never had the covid. Do you think that would be good cause we were going to get the antibody test just for the heck of it. I can't believe we will (hopefully) get to go to Aruba, so excited about that. Just concerned about Aruba's timeline for the testing.

Vincent
06-11-2020, 07:32 AM
...I only speak and read English...that's up for discussion...what i can glean from the announcement you've posted that Aruba is open to USA July 10..??... Anyway because of Airline/ Expedia issues we had to cancel our visit to Aruba July 5-12 if in fact Aruba's closed to USA until July 10 we don't feel so bad...We're already planning for Aruba next July....!!......Thank's for posting.....

TEAMARUBA
06-11-2020, 07:41 AM
I was hoping,not gonna lie, a little disappointed.....let's see what happens with this date, especially with the flare ups in the US.

schexc
06-11-2020, 08:43 AM
not confirmed by the ATA office but an announcement from gvmt

announced during a live news conference by prime minister Evelyn never croes

I am awaiting ATA full wording and more information.
t8277

Well that still leaves us in the running for a trip in the Fall. We’ve shifted our airline watch into November now and will try to go for a least a month if all goes well.

Traceyd14
06-11-2020, 08:55 AM
Something else to keep in mind, the US has not lifted the Level 4 Do not Travel advisory. I have searched several sites on a possible change to this status and have not seen anything. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html

Another good resource from The Points Guy https://thepointsguy.com/news/us-travel-advisories/

Andrea J.
06-11-2020, 09:06 AM
very disappointed that the ATA has not yet updated the "announcement"........
the big BUT is nothing is really etched in stone.
insurance......the costs were estimated.
covid hotel? where?
testing
still way too many questions and many non answers, just estimations

waiting for "the word" fromto my supervisor to me for posting.

Andrea J.
06-11-2020, 09:36 AM
this is what Rona posted in her Bath Bleki
again, this is what Rona transcribed from her watching the televised announcement from the Prime Minister

None of this is etched in stone.
Things WILL change.
Remember that this all has to play out ESPECIALLY the testing, the insurance and the quarantine situation.
Remember things WILL change.
And the USA and Canada still have not opened opened their borders for international travel.

From Rona:





From June 15: Flights from Bonaire and Curaçao are welcome.
From July 1: Flights from Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, except the Dominican Republic and Haiti, are welcome.
From July 10: USA carriers may resume their flight schedules.
There is no opening date yet for Central and South America.
Entry Requirements Prior to Boarding:
A special website is being built to contain all info, and you will find an online ED card there, which is mandatory.
The ED card includes:
A form with questions to fill and a declaration regarding your own general health.
Obligatory COVID insurance. That new insurance would cover costs of quarantine/isolation accommodation and medical care if and when required. The island of Aruba will have that insurance available for an estimated cost of $15 per day.
Locals are covered by AZV, the national insurance policy
You may upload your negative COVID19 PCR test results, of tests taken within 72 hours of travel OR you may pay for testing upon arrival on Aruba.
Testing prior to travel are encouraged. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Face masks or shields are required during flight.
Reina Beatrix, Port of Entry Aruba Airport:
100% thermal camera screening, upon arrival
Formal symptom screening which includes a rapid PCR test which is mandatory for all who DIDN’T upload their negative test result via the ED card, prior to travel. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Symptom-free visitors MUST await their test results for 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel.
Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be checked into a designated isolation hotel property. If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized.
Positive test results after 24 hours at hotel:
Visitors who tested positive for CoVid19, must check out of their hotels and isolate in a designated hotel property.
Travel companions will also be quarantined in the designated hotel property.
Local Residents:
Residents are also required to take a test prior to their return or at arrival.
If a resident refuses to take the test, a 14-day quarantine is required.
GOA does not encourage travel to affected countries.
Aruba Health & Happiness Code:
The HH code continues to sign up all business sectors on the island to comply with new hygiene and sanitation norms, the next sectors to register, and apply for the gold seal: Tour Operators and Water Sports, Casinos, and Spas.

ArubaAce
06-11-2020, 09:49 AM
Wow so complicated! I wonder how travel insurance for medical needs fits into this with Aruba requiring buying insurance from them. I'd still get travel insurance for the medevac. I have confirmed airfare and resort for September and a confirmed resort for December but no airfare yet. I will play it by ear or maybe wait for next year and take the loss on the timeshare trade. Interval won't give me any credit on timeshare trade because I booked prior to March 13th.

gaby
06-11-2020, 10:12 AM
I think if you have medical that would cover that, you don't need their insurance, its just available from them. we go for 37 days, the insurance would be through the roof for both of us at $15 per day.

Pegmeister
06-11-2020, 10:35 AM
That’s a lot. I’m not so disappointed now that I cancelled.

Aruba4ever
06-11-2020, 10:40 AM
I LOVE Aruba but this list would keep me away anytime soon. I would not be willing to be anywhere near the 1st group to go back to the island after readig these plans...not sure what I expected but required testing 72 hours prior to arrival or pay for a test upon landing....I see many people going elsewhere sadly :( if they don't figure out how to streamline the process quickly.


this is what Rona posted in her Bath Bleki
again, this is what Rona transcribed from her watching the televised announcement from the Prime Minister

None of this is etched in stone.
Things WILL change.
Remember that this all has to play out ESPECIALLY the testing, the insurance and the quarantine situation.
Remember things WILL change.
And the USA and Canada still have not opened opened their borders for international travel.

From Rona:





From June 15: Flights from Bonaire and Curaçao are welcome.
From July 1: Flights from Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, except the Dominican Republic and Haiti, are welcome.
From July 10: USA carriers may resume their flight schedules.
There is no opening date yet for Central and South America.
Entry Requirements Prior to Boarding:
A special website is being built to contain all info, and you will find an online ED card there, which is mandatory.
The ED card includes:
A form with questions to fill and a declaration regarding your own general health.
Obligatory COVID insurance. That new insurance would cover costs of quarantine/isolation accommodation and medical care if and when required. The island of Aruba will have that insurance available for an estimated cost of $15 per day.
Locals are covered by AZV, the national insurance policy
You may upload your negative COVID19 PCR test results, of tests taken within 72 hours of travel OR you may pay for testing upon arrival on Aruba.
Testing prior to travel are encouraged. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Face masks or shields are required during flight.
Reina Beatrix, Port of Entry Aruba Airport:
100% thermal camera screening, upon arrival
Formal symptom screening which includes a rapid PCR test which is mandatory for all who DIDN’T upload their negative test result via the ED card, prior to travel. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Symptom-free visitors MUST await their test results for 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel.
Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be checked into a designated isolation hotel property. If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized.
Positive test results after 24 hours at hotel:
Visitors who tested positive for CoVid19, must check out of their hotels and isolate in a designated hotel property.
Travel companions will also be quarantined in the designated hotel property.
Local Residents:
Residents are also required to take a test prior to their return or at arrival.
If a resident refuses to take the test, a 14-day quarantine is required.
GOA does not encourage travel to affected countries.
Aruba Health & Happiness Code:
The HH code continues to sign up all business sectors on the island to comply with new hygiene and sanitation norms, the next sectors to register, and apply for the gold seal: Tour Operators and Water Sports, Casinos, and Spas.

B Likes To Travel
06-11-2020, 10:59 AM
Yikes. The fact that they still don’t have everything in place like Andrea said (which hotel is designed for quarantine, the insurance, the new website) makes me think I’ll probably wait until the kinks are ironed out. This is a nightmare for anyone traveling as a family. Oh well.

annf
06-11-2020, 11:17 AM
Keep in mind this procedure is to keep the visitor safe as well as the citizens. There are rules to get on planes now no matter where you are flying to. Some countries will not allow USA travelers in as the virus is not under control in USA. There are states within the USA that many will not visit as the percentage of virus cases increases by 35%+ each day. Sadly, life is very different right now and likely will be for some time. We will adjust in time, as we did after 9/11 and the shoe bomber.

schexc
06-11-2020, 11:23 AM
this is what Rona posted in her Bath Bleki
again, this is what Rona transcribed from her watching the televised announcement from the Prime Minister

None of this is etched in stone.
Things WILL change.
Remember that this all has to play out ESPECIALLY the testing, the insurance and the quarantine situation.
Remember things WILL change.
And the USA and Canada still have not opened opened their borders for international travel.

From Rona:





From June 15: Flights from Bonaire and Curaçao are welcome.
From July 1: Flights from Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean, except the Dominican Republic and Haiti, are welcome.
From July 10: USA carriers may resume their flight schedules.
There is no opening date yet for Central and South America.
Entry Requirements Prior to Boarding:
A special website is being built to contain all info, and you will find an online ED card there, which is mandatory.
The ED card includes:
A form with questions to fill and a declaration regarding your own general health.
Obligatory COVID insurance. That new insurance would cover costs of quarantine/isolation accommodation and medical care if and when required. The island of Aruba will have that insurance available for an estimated cost of $15 per day.
Locals are covered by AZV, the national insurance policy
You may upload your negative COVID19 PCR test results, of tests taken within 72 hours of travel OR you may pay for testing upon arrival on Aruba.
Testing prior to travel are encouraged. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Face masks or shields are required during flight.
Reina Beatrix, Port of Entry Aruba Airport:
100% thermal camera screening, upon arrival
Formal symptom screening which includes a rapid PCR test which is mandatory for all who DIDN’T upload their negative test result via the ED card, prior to travel. Tests are required for all passengers 12 years and older.
Symptom-free visitors MUST await their test results for 24 hours in quarantine at their hotel.
Visitors with symptoms get a 1-hour test. If positive they will be checked into a designated isolation hotel property. If medical attention is required, they will be hospitalized.
Positive test results after 24 hours at hotel:
Visitors who tested positive for CoVid19, must check out of their hotels and isolate in a designated hotel property.
Travel companions will also be quarantined in the designated hotel property.
Local Residents:
Residents are also required to take a test prior to their return or at arrival.
If a resident refuses to take the test, a 14-day quarantine is required.
GOA does not encourage travel to affected countries.
Aruba Health & Happiness Code:
The HH code continues to sign up all business sectors on the island to comply with new hygiene and sanitation norms, the next sectors to register, and apply for the gold seal: Tour Operators and Water Sports, Casinos, and Spas.







When I first read her article this morning, my first thought was WOW! Now that I've digested it, their procedures make sense. All they are doing is protecting their country. It seems aggressive to most of us, but I can't really fault them. So many of these regulations change weekly/daily and for the most part are temporary...hopefully.

Things we're now questioning.

1. From our understanding, travel insurance does not cover travel cancellation for covid19, so if you have the test within the 72 hour window and test positive, you're out of funds, unless in our case, really only being affected by airline cost, the airline will allow a reschedule without penalty.
2. Our health insurance is not accepted on the island, although we can submit for reimbursement when we arrive back in the states. It's not clear whether that meets Aruba's requirement, which others have touched on here on the forum.

The other requirements are manageable.

Since we're considering a trip five months from now, we haven't thrown in the towel yet...:)

Andrea J.
06-11-2020, 01:33 PM
the most updated "opening procedures" are now in another thread.

this thread now closed