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Thread: will we ever be able to travel intl without testing ?

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    will we ever be able to travel intl without testing ?

    Hi Everyone,

    Will we ever be able to travel internationally without testing ? meaning the pre-covid way ?

    Just not sure how that will be decided and by whom.

    I am prepared to cancel my mid Dec trip to Aruba -- my husband and I ( we are both vaccinated) have no interest in the testing process -- I don't need the added hoop jumping for my vacation on the front or back end and worrying if i got the right test, the addtl costs, and any false positives for the return home etc.

    It's a personal choice for us not to want to do the extra steps to fly intl.

    We have backup plans (hotel /car reserved ) for Florida in mid Dec just need to flip my airfare over.

    It is my understanding the testing to be admitted to Aruba is imposed by their govt and the testing to return to US is imposed by our government.

    is that correct ?

    so maybe one side will drop their requirements even if the other side does not ?


    We just returned from Grand Canyon / Vegas this month so domestic travel just seems easier....wear your mask and get on the plane - no other rules.

    Aruba would have been nice -- it would be about my 28th trip there but I can also appreciate the current state of simplicity of domestic travel.

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    Welcome to the forum and yes there are additional hoops to jump thru for Aruba travel. To me it's worth it to get back there. Although they do consume some time and some money....it's still worth it to me. The entry requirements for any country are imposed by that country.....so, yes you're right. I'm glad that you are able to enjoy domestic travel for your vacations.

    Who knows what the future requirements will be for international travel.... any change seems to be way off in the future.
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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum Linda

    we find the hoop jumping just a tiny bit nerve wracking, but this will be our 3rd post covid visit in about 12 mos.
    it does get less nerve wracking

    yes, government imposed testing. for entry into Aruba (set by Aruba) and for entry to USA (set by USA CDC)

    as a W. Central Florida resident, I can say that Florida in Dec is always "iffy"

    you and your travel companion need to do what is right for you both.
    if you are uncomfortable with the testing process, then travel where the testing is not required.

    enjoy wherever you go!
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    I have traveld back and forth to Aruba 3x this year and while the extra steps add cost it is well worth it. I feel very safe. I remember when I thought taking my shoes off at security seemed like a burden....oh for those days...lol. Every country is concerned about the safety of their residents and visitors and taking the steps they feel they need to take. As for each of us as individual travelers it is a personal choice as to what makes us feel safe. I for one have canceled travel plans within my own country (USA) as I do not feel safe traveling to some states. Glad you had enjoyable trip to Grand Canyon/Vegas and hope the world situation improves and you can return to Aruba easily.
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    I totally agree with CP - it is well worth it traveling to Aruba. Yes, it's a bit stressful organizing the testing, etc. but it really is fairly easy. I went for 10 days in September and it was amazing and we were so happy to be there and enjoy our vacation. I am going back in April for another 10 days, trip is booked. You can social distance while there, wear your mask as required, we did what we were supposed to do and it was not stressful. When we left for Aruba we had our PCR testing done at CVS here in Cinti, there was no charge, the PCR testing we had in Aruba was $80 for each of us. Found a place close to where we were staying to have the test done to return, received our results within 3 hours. In my opinion, the airport in Aruba has the system down for folks traveling, we had no issues at all and it didn't take very long coming in or on our departure. It is well worth the time, money, and effort going there for vacation. All of the information here on the travel requirements is extremely helpful. Take care.

    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Welcome to the forum and yes there are additional hoops to jump thru for Aruba travel. To me it's worth it to get back there. Although they do consume some time and some money....it's still worth it to me. The entry requirements for any country are imposed by that country.....so, yes you're right. I'm glad that you are able to enjoy domestic travel for your vacations.

    Who knows what the future requirements will be for international travel.... any change seems to be way off in the future.
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    Thanks everyone for confirming my assumptions... we shall wait it out and see when each govt decides to change the requirements for intl travel.
    We are well aware domestic travel rules can change too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmal View Post
    Thanks everyone for confirming my assumptions... we shall wait it out and see when each govt decides to change the requirements for intl travel.
    We are well aware domestic travel rules can change too.
    We are of like minds While it saddens me not to get back to Aruba this year, neither of us wants to deal with the testing. Again, this is a personal decision. We were in Vegas last week for our first trip since the beginning of the pandemic. It was fun, but not Aruba. I’m really hoping for May next year!

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    Our thought process is this during the pandemic. Time will tell and is always subject to change.







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    It is a personal choice.

    We were in Aruba when covid began. We have been back once for 3.5 months. I felt safer in Aruba than at home. We are now fully vaccinated and have the booster. We went to France the end of Sept. through mid Oct. We had to have a PCR test and show proof of vaccination to go through Heathrow and also be tested to get on our Viking River cruise. France wanted proof of vaccination and we had to show it everytime we went into a restaurant, museum, etc. On Viking we had to do a saliva test daily. Coming back, the UK dropped the PCR test, but had to show proof of vaccination and be tested to get back into the US. I felt safer in France than here at home. Testing is a PITA, but IMO, it is a small price to pay to getting back to normal. It is currently the "new normal". Yes, we have traveled within the US-we drove to Florida in May making various stops along the way. We drove to car show in MI in August and got home Sunday after another car show in PA. Next month is another road trip for hubby to see clients-various states. I am more concerned about this trip do the lack of vaccinations in some of the states. We are doing a Viking Panama cruise over the holidays and then back to Aruba the third week of January. Yes, testing is a PITA, but it is as close to normal as we can get right now.






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    I don't mind the testing to go to Aruba my issue is with the testing to come home as a fully vaccinated us citizen I think I should be able to come home and test here upon arrival rather than risk a false positive in another country but why should we get that privilege for doing exactly what our government asked of us
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