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Thread: Taking Aruba's shells, coral and sand is not allowed.

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    Taking Aruba's shells, coral and sand is not allowed.

    Please do not take these things from Aruba. https://www.facebook.com/arubatoday/

    Numerous people yesterday and today were nabbed and fined at Aruba Airport for bringing sand, shells or coral out of Aruba.

    Ignorance does not cut it anymore with the rule that they are finally enforcing.

    I am looking out to my backyard that has numerous conch shells with air plants in them.........I brought a few conch shells home on numerous visits.....Paul drilled small holes in them and we hung them in trees. Some of them have small orchids growing and some have other kinds of airplanes that I have no clue what they are. No more bringing back conch shells for us.
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    During our first visit I found a piece of coral about the shape and size of a thimble... only thing I ever brought back... and I think I knew better then!
    A wise man is easily fooled.... but only a fool would fool a wise man...!
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    i brought back sand,shells and coral last novmber no issues but won't do it this trip in may
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    Apparently it was never allowed but never enforced.QUOTE=beachbums;375771]i brought back sand,shells and coral last novmber no issues but won't do it this trip in may[/QUOTE]
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    What about driftwood?

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    I think that driftwood and sea glass are OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Please do not take these things from Aruba. https://www.facebook.com/arubatoday/

    Numerous people yesterday and today were nabbed and fined at Aruba Airport for bringing sand, shells or coral out of Aruba.

    Ignorance does not cut it anymore with the rule that they are finally enforcing.

    I am looking out to my backyard that has numerous conch shells with air plants in them.........I brought a few conch shells home on numerous visits.....Paul drilled small holes in them and we hung them in trees. Some of them have small orchids growing and some have other kinds of airplanes that I have no clue what they are. No more bringing back conch shells for us.
    Hello All.
    And it seems like we are not allowed to bring shells to Aruba as well.
    we arrived last Saturday and after our luggage was screened by Arubian custom, officer approached us and asked us if we bringing any type of shells. We were so wondering because we did not bring any shells. To make story shorter, he inspected our luggage and found the ceramic wall plant holder which was in shape of shells. We all laughed and officer told us that X-ray machine can not recognize real shell from fake, just a shape. But anyway we are not allowed to bring or take shells .

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    hahahaha maybe the shell could have been an "invasive species"

    thanks for the heads up.

    Quote Originally Posted by GETA62 View Post
    Hello All.
    And it seems like we are not allowed to bring shells to Aruba as well.
    we arrived last Saturday and after our luggage was screened by Arubian custom, officer approached us and asked us if we bringing any type of shells. We were so wondering because we did not bring any shells. To make story shorter, he inspected our luggage and found the ceramic wall plant holder which was in shape of shells. We all laughed and officer told us that X-ray machine can not recognize real shell from fake, just a shape. But anyway we are not allowed to bring or take shells .
    May 6 - 20, 2021 https://photos.app.goo.gl/uPe2KC3P7bqhnpMT8 AIDTM

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    Note that US customs laws and Aruba laws may be different. Just have to follow both
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    It's a bit ironic that they sell photo frames made from shells in one of the airport shops. I wonder which countries would object to the import of such shells?
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