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    72 hours requirement

    I am wondering about the requirement that your coronavirus test saying you are free of the virus 3 days (72 hours) before you can enter Aruba. In my state I can get the test, but I don’t think the results will come back to me in that short of time. So I would have to get the test in Aruba when I arrive. I hate to do that for what if someone tested positive?

    also I just an FYI for everyone I just received an e mail from American Airlines is says:
    Symptom Checklist for Travelers
    Beginning June 30, we’ll ask all travelers during the check-in process to certify they have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the past 14 days. This is in addition to requiring all travelers on board to wear a face covering.
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    you asked.........you asked "what if someone tested positive?" that person would be taken to an "isolation place" or if necessary a medical facility.

    we all would be best served to find a testing site that has a 60 hr or less turnover.

    remember though
    the situation and process is very fluid and will be changing from time to time.
    someone on another site mentioned Sept. 1 there may be changes.
    I do not doubt that by Sept there will be some change, but the Aruba government has not made any dates public.
    What I was told by the director of communications was "from time to time they would evaluate"

    Quote Originally Posted by dgray623 View Post
    I am wondering about the requirement that your coronavirus test saying you are free of the virus 3 days (72 hours) before you can enter Aruba. In my state I can get the test, but I don’t think the results will come back to me in that short of time. So I would have to get the test in Aruba when I arrive. I hate to do that for what if someone tested positive?

    also I just an FYI for everyone I just received an e mail from American Airlines is says:
    Symptom Checklist for Travelers
    Beginning June 30, we’ll ask all travelers during the check-in process to certify they have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the past 14 days. This is in addition to requiring all travelers on board to wear a face covering.
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    I"m in the same position and don't want to lose $3,000 in the process of it. I may end up canceling and coming next year.
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    Hi
    I'm going with family in Aug. staying in a private house exclusively. We planned this 2 years ago. Can not cancel because loss of $3000. Is anyone upset with this requirement? I personally think it is all about recouping lost money at our expense. Testing AND their insurance requirment makes no sense to me other than $$. Insurance requirement is all a scam for the "chancel that you have it". Are they going to refund my $ if I don't need it? Heck no. Free $ for them. And the test needs to be done within 72hrs. What difference does that make? I understand they think testing will make people feel like they are doing something to protect them. Wish I could reschedule.
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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    I think that there are plenty that are frustrated.


    I have never bought an insurance policy that was refunded in the event of not being able to be used.
    Have you looked into trip cancellation travel insurance? In the event of illness or smoother issues, you'd be reimbursed for having to cancel as long as it followed the trip insurance's guidelines.

    I wish that you could reschedule too.
    Is the person that you are renting from unable to transfer your rental time to another time period?



    Quote Originally Posted by Flipflops55 View Post
    Hi
    I'm going with family in Aug. staying in a private house exclusively. We planned this 2 years ago. Can not cancel because loss of $3000. Is anyone upset with this requirement? I personally think it is all about recouping lost money at our expense. Testing AND their insurance requirment makes no sense to me other than $$. Insurance requirement is all a scam for the "chancel that you have it". Are they going to refund my $ if I don't need it? Heck no. Free $ for them. And the test needs to be done within 72hrs. What difference does that make? I understand they think testing will make people feel like they are doing something to protect them. Wish I could reschedule.
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    The testing is to make sure no one has the virus upon entering even though you could still come down with symptoms once on the island, hence the need for the insurance. No policy issued in the US would cover any medical issues related to Covid19 in any other country. Travel insurance would cover your lost expenses if the trip has to be cancelled for other reasons, right now insurers in the US do not recognize Covid 19 as a covered issue. Everyone everywhere is going to try to recoup lost revenue in any way possible, have you been to a grocery store lately? Just wait till your property taxes are due or motor vehicle fees, EVERYTHING is going up.
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    to be clear many people's health insurance does reimburse for covid outside of the USA.
    most of the travel insurances do not.
    they do not cover "pandemics"
    so, that is why it is important that folks have the covid insurance that aruba provides.
    it will cover medical and isolation.
    a person's usa health insurance would not cover non medical isolation.
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    The testing is to make sure no one has the virus upon entering even though you could still come down with symptoms once on the island, hence the need for the insurance. No policy issued in the US would cover any medical issues related to Covid19 in any other country. Travel insurance would cover your lost expenses if the trip has to be cancelled for other reasons, right now insurers in the US do not recognize Covid 19 as a covered issue. Everyone everywhere is going to try to recoup lost revenue in any way possible, have you been to a grocery store lately? Just wait till your property taxes are due or motor vehicle fees, EVERYTHING is going up.
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    Cool Ed card

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    to be clear many people's health insurance does reimburse for covid outside of the USA.
    most of the travel insurances do not.
    they do not cover "pandemics"
    so, that is why it is important that folks have the covid insurance that aruba provides.
    it will cover medical and isolation.
    a person's usa health insurance would not cover non medical isolation.

    I'm going on September 3rd everything is already booked. Can I fill out the ED CARD any time or do you have to do it right before travel?
    Thanks!
    Susan
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    12 hrs before travel and no more than 72 hrs before travel.
    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba Muffy View Post


    I'm going on September 3rd everything is already booked. Can I fill out the ED CARD any time or do you have to do it right before travel?
    Thanks!
    Susan
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    Thanks so much Andrea, you've as always have been very helpful! Been going 46 consecutive years and I don't want to mess up 47!
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