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    they will let me know.
    I did tell them about matching health ID numbers on all pages.
    I asked earlier at the meeting and was told it probably will be a problem.

    I was told more info would be forthcoming.
    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaGal View Post
    I get that it can be a problem, but if we submit our Health Card number that corresponds with the number on the PCR test form, maybe they will accept? When we go to the test portal on line, we first have to fill out a form with our full name and postal code, so maybe if we send that page as well (which prefaces the PCR test page) will they then accept? So page 1 has full name and postal code -once we fill out page 1, then it goes to page 2 which is the actual PCR test with surname redaction. First name is visible though. Will Aruba authority let us know if the ED CARD and PCR FORM submissions are accepted prior to travelling? Thank you for helping all of us with our questions!
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    72 Hours Time Frame for Testing

    Hi Everyone,
    I see on the Minister-President of Aruba'sfacebook page that tourists are appealing to have the test period extended(they were responding to Minister-President Ms Wever-Croes' June 28 posting). Perhaps if the gov't sees numerous concerns regarding the 72 hour time frame they may extend testing period?? Worth a shot.

    https://www.facebook.com/MinPresAruba
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    Had this covid test done today.. never had this type but hoping ... it is a good one
    non invasive too.
    First they had you cough
    open this little small swab kit
    after a deep cough; you yourself swab inside the cheeks of your mouth, then continue to swab, all around your gums
    then swab the roof off your mouth, and finish with a quick swab of the tongue
    You yourself place in in a small valve (has a solution in it) shake it 3 times and place it in a sealed envelope.
    Now I will do this every week.. it supposed to take 3 days.. however the more the testing the state or labs gets
    the longer the results.
    Wonder if Aruba will take this type of test. It an oral swab test.
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    sounds much better than having your sinuses scraped out (Ok I’m being dramatic) lol

    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    Had this covid test done today.. never had this type but hoping ... it is a good one
    non invasive too.
    First they had you cough
    open this little small swab kit
    after a deep cough; you yourself swab inside the cheeks of your mouth, then continue to swab, all around your gums
    then swab the roof off your mouth, and finish with a quick swab of the tongue
    You yourself place in in a small valve (has a solution in it) shake it 3 times and place it in a sealed envelope.
    Now I will do this every week.. it supposed to take 3 days.. however the more the testing the state or labs gets
    the longer the results.
    Wonder if Aruba will take this type of test. It an oral swab test.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bri View Post
    sounds much better than having your sinuses scraped out (Ok I’m being dramatic) lol
    Getting your sinuses "scraped out" sounds better than the test I had for Pertussis a few years ago-a special swab up the nose into the back of the throat.

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    I think it has to be the nasal swab. Seems like I read that somewhere.

    QUOTE=brady bear;361712]Had this covid test done today.. never had this type but hoping ... it is a good one
    non invasive too.
    First they had you cough
    open this little small swab kit
    after a deep cough; you yourself swab inside the cheeks of your mouth, then continue to swab, all around your gums
    then swab the roof off your mouth, and finish with a quick swab of the tongue
    You yourself place in in a small valve (has a solution in it) shake it 3 times and place it in a sealed envelope.
    Now I will do this every week.. it supposed to take 3 days.. however the more the testing the state or labs gets
    the longer the results.
    Wonder if Aruba will take this type of test. It an oral swab test.[/QUOTE]
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    it HAS to be a PCR test which is nasal swab.
    ​In a world where you can be anything, be kind!
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    To add salt to my wounds, I received this from Aruba ED card:

    Hello friends of Aruba!
    You are now 24 hours away from your arrival in paradise and this email serves as a very important reminder to finalize the mandatory online Embarkation/Disembarkation (ED) card process.
    Please read the following information carefully as you will need to successfully complete the ED card and present it at check-in in order to be permitted to Aruba.
    We acknowledge that there are now extra steps to visit Aruba, but we are in extraordinary times, and they are necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our beloved guests and our local people.
    We want you to have a smooth, safe journey to Aruba, so we’ve laid out the important steps to complete the ED card process.

    STEP 2: THE COVID-19 PCR NASAL/ORAL SPECIMEN SWAB TEST
    At this time, like many of you, we are focusing on the health and safety of our community, visitors and our health care system. This will always remain our top priority and the driving force for decisions made regarding our borders.
    Proof that you do not have Covid -19 is a mandatory requirement to enter Aruba. As currently this proof can only be provided through a negative, PCR COVID -19 test such shall be required. It is important that we have test result to confirm travelers are negative for the Coronavirus 19 as close to their arrival date as possible. For this reason, we have protocols in place that allows for the following two options for testing.
    Option 1: Undergo and upload your PCR COVID-19 negative test within 72 hours to 12 hours prior to your departure
    Option 2: Pre-pay PCR COVID 19 test prior to travel to Aruba

    • Important specifics on visitor’s PCR testing prior to travel to Aruba:
    • The COVID-19 PCR nasal/oral specimen swab test with a negative result cannot be older than 72 hours before departure to Aruba.
    • The COVID-19 PCR nasal/oral specimen swab test with a negative result must be performed by a certified lab.
    • Authorized PCR test applicable for Aruba is the nasal/oral specimen through PCR testing. Any other COVID-19 test (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood test) will not be accepted. Option 1: Undergo and upload your PCR COVID-19 negative test within 72 hours to 12 hours prior to your departure
    • Your negative PCR test result should be uploaded (and undergo) within 72 hours to 12 hours of departure to minimize the chances of an individual contracting the virus prior to travel to Aruba. This is for the safety of Aruba’s visitors and local community.
    • You can upload a document or picture the negative test results and the results must be readable and legible.
    • The costs of PCR tests incurred by you in your home country is your responsibility.
    • Upon arrival, if you provided a proof of a negative PCR test, you will undergo an initial health screening. You will undergo a manual temperature check by a Health Worker at the Medical Post. The Health Worker will also conduct a short interview to determine any COVID-19 risks. If you are cleared, you can proceed.
    • Note: Children under 15 years are not required to provide a negative COVID-19 test or get the health screening when arriving in Aruba.
    • You will also need to purchase health insurance coverage as required by the government of Aruba, to be permitted entry to Aruba. For more information on the benefits and pricing of “Aruba Visitor Insurance” please visit XXX.




    • Option 2: Pre-pay PCR COVID 19 test prior to travel to Aruba
    • In the event that you do not have the opportunity to undergo and to upload a negative COVID-19 PCR nasal/oral specimen swab test not older than 72 to 12 hours prior to departure, will result in pre-paying for the PCR COVID-19 test will be administered upon arrival at the Queen Beatrix International Airport Aruba.
    • The fee for the COVID-19 PCR nasal/oral specimen swab test in Aruba is USD $75
    • Part of this testing procedure is that you await your COVID-19 test results in quarantine at your booked accommodation. The quarantine will be up to 24 hours and the Aruba Department of Health will make every effort to have results in 6-8 hours, in order to minimize your time in quarantine. (Full details on the on airport health screening and the government-mandated procedures for visitors showing symptoms or testing positive for COVID-19 while in Aruba, can be found at aruba.com.)
    • You will also need to purchase health insurance coverage as required by the government of Aruba, to be permitted entry to Aruba. For more information on the benefits and pricing of “Aruba Visitor Insurance” please visit XXX.




    • STEP 3: RECEIVE AN AUTOMATED APPROVAL VIA EMAIL FOR BOARDING.
    • Once completing all previous steps and the payment for Aruba Visitor Insurance, you will receive an automated ED card approval via email.
    • Important: The approved ED card documentation is required to be presented in digital or printed form, at the airline check-in, to be permitted to travel to Aruba.
    • You will also receive a confirmation of payment via email for the Aruba Visitor Insurance and the prepaid COVID-19 PCR test in Aruba. This email will also contain your insurance policy details.
    • Visitors will also receive a confirmation of payment via email for the Aruba Visitor Insurance and the prepaid COVID-19 PCR test in Aruba. This email will also contain the visitor’s insurance policy details.


    We sincerely thank you in advance for diligently completing the online Embarkation/Disembarkation card process and all the extra effort needed to do so.
    On behalf of the people of Aruba, we eagerly await your arrival thank you for choosing One happy island as your vacation escape. After all, you deserve some happiness!


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    Thanks for sharing that Walt.
    Loving Aruba from NJ
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    WaltVB. Im guessing you are heading to Aruba in the next 24 hours. Im from Canada. Did you get a test done? if so did you wait long before you received the results? I know things are different between our countries when it comes to testing. Thanks.
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