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    aruba insurance question

    How far in advance did you purchase the aruba covid insurance? We travel in late August/early September, and don't know if the requirement could change before then. Since it is non-refundable, I wouldn't want to buy it if they are going to stop requiring it before our trip.
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    one purchases the mandatory insurance when filling out the ED card info within 3 days of Aruba travel.

    https://www.aruba.com/us/traveler-health-requirements


    additional trip/travel insurance that many purchase can be bought when you book your trip.
    (check with your major credit card to see what travel insurance perks are available to you)

    Quote Originally Posted by sandy View Post
    How far in advance did you purchase the aruba covid insurance? We travel in late August/early September, and don't know if the requirement could change before then. Since it is non-refundable, I wouldn't want to buy it if they are going to stop requiring it before our trip.
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    Just purchased it yesterday, it was 30 bucks a person for the entire trip.

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    Thanks! How does the average person even know about the ED requirements? Will the airline or hotel notify people before its time to do it? Also, is the required covid test the basic kind or the uncomfortable long tube in the nose kind?
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    I've been filling out the ED card online for years which was not a requirement then but saved time so that you would not have to fill out a card on plane when you landed in Aruba. Now it is a requirement because of covid and you use it to submit covid test, purchase insurance, get approval etc.

    I'm leaving for Aruba in 2 weeks and so I went to the ED Card last night to get a head start and found out that you cannot fill it out early or purchase insurance early. The new requirements are that 3 days before your trip you will have access to ED Card and that is when you can purchase insurance, submit covid test etc. No the airline is not going to remind you to fill out ED Card you are on your own but info available on Aruba travel websites that you would have to visit to find out what are the latest requirements, curfews etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArubaAce View Post
    I've been filling out the ED card online for years which was not a requirement then but saved time so that you would not have to fill out a card on plane when you landed in Aruba.
    Can you explain how this worked in the past? When you met with the folks upon entry what did you show them if you did not have the paper card filled out? Just curious how this works for when filling out the ED card is no longer a requirement.
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    when one filled it out online it put that person into the aruba immigration system.
    it wa not quite as involved as now.
    it was the same thing that folks filled out on the plane that they presented to the immigration clerk.
    it also allowed for One Happy Flow....which has been mothballed now since March 2020.
    the passport was inserted/read, the info that the traveler put in popped up and it was easy peasy process.
    (when the process worked)



    Quote Originally Posted by mgiannetto View Post
    Can you explain how this worked in the past? When you met with the folks upon entry what did you show them if you did not have the paper card filled out? Just curious how this works for when filling out the ED card is no longer a requirement.
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    The average person should check their airline website. Jet Blue for example has a posting at the top about travel advisories.....long list when you click on but a person will find information there. The current covid situation worldwide would likely lead people to check requirements if they were to travel now...even checking state requirements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandy View Post
    Thanks! How does the average person even know about the ED requirements? Will the airline or hotel notify people before its time to do it? Also, is the required covid test the basic kind or the uncomfortable long tube in the nose kind?
    You need a green check mark confirmation to board your flight to Aruba (that's what happened in Toronto anyway).
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    You start the process in advance by filling out basic information via the aruba.com website and then, seventy-two hours prior to your departure, you'll get this email and you do the steps outlined to finish everything off and get the green checkmark:

    Hello friends of Aruba!
    You are now 72 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 https://www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com/.




    • 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 https://www.arubavisitorsinsurance.com/.




    • 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! Click here to finish your Online ED Card Application
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    One another note: you need to have proof of a return flight booking. That one threw us at Toronto International as we were planning on booking the return flight while we were in Aruba as we got a better handle on how the pandemic was unfolding. Luckily, we carry a laptop with us so we just booked right at the check-in counter.
    Last edited by act1966; 05-03-2021 at 09:00 AM. Reason: Capitalization When Appropriate!
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