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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:34 pm 
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There is also this ,

There was also mention of an obligatory insurance that all visitors would be required to have to cover certain costs related to COVID-19 protocols and procedures in case of a visitor testing positive, including a hospital stay or ICU placement if required.

I read that this is an extra insurance they we will need to purchase .


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:38 am 
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Regarding the extra insurance. Where would a person be able to get that insurance? Do you have to get it through Aruba or from home before you leave? I think that kind of insurance might be very difficult to get before there is a vaccine.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:47 am 
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The 'New Normal'?

The proposed insurance requirement? How ever purchased and from who are only the start of some puzzle.
I assume the duration of the plan would coincide with the length of the trip. That's easy.
But what about coverage dollar limits? Co-pays?
What is and isn't covered?

So, there you are, standing in some line at the bottom of that landmark escalator at their airport waiting for the hundred or so travelers ahead of you to make up their minds as to all of the above. HMO? Blue? Bronze? Or the most popular Global plan? Huh?

And don't forget that there will be a herd of folks with those handgun shaped thermometers waiting to zap your forehead to get your temp?

And someone said there's going to be some 'Covid Fee' connected to the ED card filled out on the plane, I guess. How is that going to work? Crazy.

None of this is going to have any positive or negative effect on the hospital's capabilities given the small number of beds or ICU stations.
God forbid someone gets sick, any kind of sick, and you're met with the 'social distancing' lines outside their ER. Before anyone lays a rubber gloved hand on you they get your credit card? Your response: "But I bought the insurance"! Their response: "Yessir! They'll take that info in triage". More blue tape lines on the floor!

We always purchase the travel insurance plan offered by Allianz. "Knock on wood" we've never had to use it.
But we always thought we'd be ready for that fateful day should we get an ailment down there. We'd still have to present a credit card. No prob. Pay, get examined, sit around, get discharged, go back to the beach. When we get back home call Allianz. Nowadays I really don't know..... assuming we ever get to go back to Aruba.

God forbid one of us gets caught up in the whirlpool of confusion of the 'get sick - get care' process on Aruba. And if you don't think it will be confusing then I will re-sell you that bridge I bought recently from someone.

The "New Normal". Scary.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:22 am 
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I bet there will be a travel advisory in place until the new covid-19 insurance comes in . Even with social distancing . Social distancing great word . God bless socialism .


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In mid April I along with 15 other scuba divers were to go to Truk Lagoon in Micronesia. In March the country put a ban on all travel to their country so we could not go. No worry we will just use the various insurance policies we bought. WRONG!

Small print on the policies people bought none covered Covid-19 or any virus or the fact a country bans travel to it.. Luckily we were all able to re-book the trip direst with the boat we were staying on and eventually the airlines gave refunds or credits.

So as you people write about insurance maybe they came up with policies that cover Covid-19 but in Mid April there was no such thing.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:45 pm 
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So would you risk the life of your elderly mother, your lovely cousin or this friend you know since high school is the choice they have to make. Not an easy one indeed.
It seems to me that some places/countries have already made that decision. My wish for Aruba is that they can safely restore their tourist economy.
Lordy, lordy...I hope it is also true for FL and the millions who usually yearn to come here...as Orlando and everything FL move to reopen.

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I called CIGNA and was told they would cover any "emergency" medical care under my plan. Presume getting sick with Covid would fall under emergency. The Allianz insurance we take out strictly covers us for the medical evacuation only, plus other trip related oopsies. Allianz covers NO pandemic related cost per their website. Many countries require proof of health insurance/financial security for tourists. The policies for vacations are widely sold.


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happyt1 wrote:
I called CIGNA and was told they would cover any "emergency" medical care under my plan. Presume getting sick with Covid would fall under emergency. The Allianz insurance we take out strictly covers us for the medical evacuation only, plus other trip related oopsies. Allianz covers NO pandemic related cost per their website. Many countries require proof of health insurance/financial security for tourists. The policies for vacations are widely sold.


As I wrote be careful "emergency" is not Covid-19.

Even policies that are "cancellation for any reason" don't cover Cover-19. What I was told if you get sick with Covid-19 and have to cancel you better have your doctor say you have some other condition.

If Aruba closes its borders that is also not covered.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 12:09 pm 
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Curacao is planning to open its borders for tourists from the Netherlands and some European countries (Germany, Belgium) from 7/1. They will start with a maximum of 10.000 visitors a month. They will have to be tested.

It is said that the other Dutch Caribbean islands (including Aruba) are also planning to open their borders to Dutch tourists soon. We will see what Aruba is planning soon.


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Ingrid, a KLM jet came in yesterday afternoon...stayed about an hour (per usual) and then left. It was listed on airport website. Any info?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:05 pm 
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Ingrid, a KLM jet came in yesterday afternoon...stayed about an hour (per usual) and then left. It was listed on airport website. Any info?


They are still bringing people that were stuck either in the Netherlands or on Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire. Someone I know was on the flight from Amsterdam back home to Aruba.


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Thanks...Maybe today's quarantine numbers will reflect arrival of citizens from Holland.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:37 am 
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arubajoey wrote:
happyt1 wrote:
I called CIGNA and was told they would cover any "emergency" medical care under my plan. Presume getting sick with Covid would fall under emergency. The Allianz insurance we take out strictly covers us for the medical evacuation only, plus other trip related oopsies. Allianz covers NO pandemic related cost per their website. Many countries require proof of health insurance/financial security for tourists. The policies for vacations are widely sold.


As I wrote be careful "emergency" is not Covid-19.

Even policies that are "cancellation for any reason" don't cover Cover-19. What I was told if you get sick with Covid-19 and have to cancel you better have your doctor say you have some other condition.

If Aruba closes its borders that is also not covered.


AJ, spot on. The only insurance I would think the Aruba govt. wants a visitor to have is Medical Evacuation. Since most, if not all, policies act as secondary, tertiary coverage and you still need to pay cash or credit card at the hospital, they probably want to make sure you have insurance to get out of country. However, as the saying goes, "more will be revealed".


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Aruba’s COVID-19 Insurance

The Government plans to introduce COVID-19 insurance in case you test positive for the virus in Aruba.

This insurance could be mandatory and will be offered by insurance companies in Aruba.

COVID-19 insurance will cover transportation, accommodation, and medical care when you test positive for coronavirus.

According to Tourism Minister, COVID-19 insurance is not official yet, pending final agreements with local insurance companies (further details and information will be announced by The Government).

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