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    re: tobacco and booze
    For personal use, persons over 18 are allowed one fifth of (1 liter) liquor and 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco.
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    In my travels to Aruba, I have seen 3 scenarios: (1) The scanners are there but not being used. (2) Passengers/bags are checked periodically but everyone else can pass through without being scanned. (3) ALL bags are scanned/or searched. The "all bags scanned" scenario is typically activated during time periods of heightened security concern (i.e. during elections, when the King or other diplomats are on the island, security concern from neighboring island/country). The security concern is the primary reason for searching the bags.....but customs does take that opportunity to find/remove any items subject to duty or restrictions.
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    We posted last year we were told at Newark Airport duty free, that Aruba now allows 2 liters per person. It was a bust right as we were stepping out airport doors to freedom. They went thru our bags and took 2 liters of booze from us. After paying duty tax and holding up our arrival quite a bit we learned our lesson. Plus no savings and the "walk of shame" as we walked out to the taxi. Alot of people were upset and they had a whole table of booze and garbage bag of stuff. We have checked the Aruba police blotter checking for our pictures of that day, it seems we are in the clear for now! Sean and Susan
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    Quote Originally Posted by crimms View Post
    We posted last year we were told at Newark Airport duty free, that Aruba now allows 2 liters per person. It was a bust right as we were stepping out airport doors to freedom. They went thru our bags and took 2 liters of booze from us. After paying duty tax and holding up our arrival quite a bit we learned our lesson. Plus no savings and the "walk of shame" as we walked out to the taxi. Alot of people were upset and they had a whole table of booze and garbage bag of stuff. We have checked the Aruba police blotter checking for our pictures of that day, it seems we are in the clear for now! Sean and Susan
    You might make the Post Office 'Hall of Shame'.......! Nasty trick at duty free in Newark telling you 2 liters per person just to make another sale.
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    We have gone through customs before when they have scanned and opened bags. Lucky for us we had nothing taken away but we have never brought meat in. I am not cooking anything other than breakfast( and that would be my husband cooking that) on my vacation. I cook all year long and am still working full time so vacation does not have me cooking a thing.
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    I am not leaving until December, please keep me posted about the meat and cheeses! I love my Thin & Trim meats here in the states!
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    Bringing meat into Aruba is not allowed (per Aruba Customs)
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    I am not leaving until December, please keep me posted about the meat and cheeses! I love my Thin & Trim meats here in the states!
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    From another forum


    this is from another Aruba Forum.
    some of you visit that site, others would not touch that site with a 10' pole.
    I visit all of the sites to gather info..and to weed out rubbish.

    I am not going to give my opinion on this posting, but want those to have not seen it to see it.
    It is from a person that had a less than ideal Aruba Customs experience.
    It is NOT my posting!
    (I did post a response on the site)

    "I am a USA citizen and USA resident in Aruba for vacation. I just had the most horrific experience at Aruba Customs upon arrival. I have a herniated disc in my neck and was called over to be searched despite my 31st trip to Aruba over 27 years. The person insisted on charging me Duty on new earbuds I bought in the Miami airport three hours earlier because I’d left mine at home! She wanted to assess each new product I had including foam cervical collars and a new portable traction device. She also wanted/threatened to assess duty on my personal jewelry! This is insane and not my typical experience. She ransacked my luggage saying I had too much luggage, refusing to believe that it was all personal use articles. I’m sorry, I am coming for three weeks in a timeshare, and I am not a tiny person (my clothes, Duplicate sleep apnea machines and parts require extra luggage. I don’t know her name because the paperwork was all in Dutch. She was not welcoming at all, even though they had x-rayed my luggage and saw nothing. I arrived Oct 27, 2019 AA2217. I don’t think I’ll be telling people how great Aruba is anymore, nor will I come back if this is how they treat visitors. I’m so glad I did not bring my New iPad or iPhone to set up while I had time on vacation. DO NOT BRING ANY NEW ITEMS TO ARUBA OR YOU MAY BE CHARGED DUTY ON THE VALUE OF TBE GOODS.
    BEWARE OF THIS NEW WITCH HUNT ON TOURISTS!"

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    Wow! Not good info. I too am hoping this was a one and done. We never bring in illegal items so that is not my issue, my issue would be the extra time to get through. It would never prevent me from going though. In my 30 plus trips we had to go thru the x-ray machines but we arrived when another grouping came in and was told they "always" send that grouping thru the machines...no idea who or why as it really did not matter to me. It only took an extra 10 min or so but it still stunk.

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    I read that posting and felt bad for the person. However, in reading their bio, it could be they smart mouthed or had way too much luggage. I am on the fence on that whole thing. I am wondering if the poster had an attitude and of course when you do that with someone in a position to make your life miserable, guess which way it goes. We bring in two boxes and almost every time but once, homeland security has opened it and put a note on the box. when the customs agent in Aruba sees the note on the box, they said its been inspected so you can go through.

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