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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:34 pm 
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So they open up Aruba to people from wherever on whenever. Since no one is driving or swimming there they must come by plane.

Will countries be given quotas.

Canada X per day
US X per day
Netherlands X per day
etc, etc.

Next what airlines will be allowed to land based on quotas. As I noted, from the New York area over 15 direct and indirect flights a day. Who wins and who loses.


There never was any mention about quotas. What they did say, was they expect that there will be less people wanting to travel, namely only 1/10 th from before COVID.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:58 am 
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Aruba airport ready to open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnITkBcnJDw

All incoming passengers will be tested on body temperature. You have the right not to be tested upon arrival but then you will be placed in a 14 day mandatory quarantine. In addition questions will be asked on possible symptoms. The tests and questioning at the airport will take about 7 minutes.

Prior to traveling to Aruba you must have a COVID-19 insurance in case you are infected with the Corona virus and need medical help at the hospital on the island. Only local students studying abroad, residents of Aruba arriving from elsewhere, and residents of Curacao and Bonaire are exempted of COVID-19 insurance. The local insurance companies are still deliberating on the cost of this. Preliminary indications are suggesting a price of 15 dollars per day per person. So if you are staying 7 nights in Aruba, it is 7 nights times 15 dollars per person. More information on how to apply for the mandatory Covid-19 insurance for Aruba will be given in an official briefing live and in writing next week.

In the initial days after the reopening of the airport they expect to process about 500 passengers daily. The amount of passengers processed is expected to increase gradually.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:30 am 
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Thanks eddy. So once again my question is how does one become or will Aruba select the 500 a day visitors.

14 day quarantine? Where? What if I'm staying only a week?

$15.00 a day per person. You got to be kidding. Every 7 days that's $210 for two people. Guess you won't be bringing the kids and grandkids. What about the Ann's of the world who stay in Aruba for months at a time.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:51 am 
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arubajoey wrote:
Thanks eddy. So once again my question is how does one become or will Aruba select the 500 a day visitors.


Read again. They say they “expect” 500 visitors a day. Nowhere it is said that they will limit it to 500 visitors a day.

No need for 14 days quarantaine if you take the test. Only when you don’t take the test.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:35 am 
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arubajoey wrote:
Thanks eddy. So once again my question is how does one become or will Aruba select the 500 a day visitors.

14 day quarantine? Where? What if I'm staying only a week?

$15.00 a day per person. You got to be kidding. Every 7 days that's $210 for two people. Guess you won't be bringing the kids and grandkids. What about the Ann's of the world who stay in Aruba for months at a time.


The "Anns of the world likely have residency papers and fall in a different category :wink: . My concern is the people who spend Jan-March here. I would guess many of them will not be coming. The 'official' wording continues to change. Now it appears you could have your own Covid specific insurance and that would be accepted....not sure what would be needed for 'proof'. It is a balancing act for everyone right and will be for awhile....Aruba, local citizens and tourists. The other islands I have looked at (not many) are not requiring insurance so previous Aruba travelers likely will find another location if they decide to travel this year.

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Aruba is doing a soft reopening and most countries will do the same . Would I pay 15 dollars a day for covid insurance ? Sure . Would I travel right now ? No . My country Canada would make me self isolate for 14 days . If that restriction was removed would I travel ? NO . What if someone on the plane was infected or someone in Aruba infects someone in my travel group ? If I was retired and didn't care about sitting at home for 2 weeks ? NO that would make me older and at more risk and I simply don't think being lock at home for 2 weeks is worth a vacation . These are tough choices everyone has to make. If I have a hotel in Aruba do I open with a limited amount of guests and probably take a financial loss after taking a financial loss ? Casino ? Restaurants ? What about this fall and winter when someone has a regular cold or flu not Covid ? You think it will be treated any differently ? Lots of problems that are not being looked at even if I wanted to go . For now I sit and hope for the best .


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Jaccli...I agree. So many unknowns....we have no experience with the decisions facing us now. As a point of interest.
In my home state of NH the highest percentage of virus cases is in the 50-59 age group. The second highest is the 20-29 age group. The 70-80 group is the second lowest...lowest is 0-19. May conclusions can be gained from these figures....I do find them interesting and not what I would have expected. (btw...these % categories has been consistent for weeks and the differences are more than 3 points)

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:34 pm 
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I am booked to go Nov 30th. Time for Aruba to maybe/possibly/definitely figure out what and how to do things. I feel sorry for you folks going July and August and September.

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I agree with Jaccli. Too many unknown problems. And look out for that 2nd wave; China already has a new outbreak, which indicates that a 2nd wave of infections is very possible. Most countries are still dealing with the first round of infections and I think that flying anywhere in the next few months is risky, even with testing and wearing masks. And I can't imagine sitting on a plane for hours with a mask on. Would one wear gloves as well? Your hands will sweat inside those gloves. And what if you get exposed to covid while travelling. Only an N95 mask will really protect you.
But I understand if one is going to their timeshare. It would be hard to give that up and be out the money. Pandemics sure mess things up.


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Something I have heard no mention of is what happens to the flight crew of an arrival that has a positive passenger? Are they quarantined? Can you imagine the chaos when flights need to be canceled?


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“Hey Karen

Bon dia, hope all is well

Thank you for contacting us. In regards to your question:

No, which is why Aruba is requiring all passengers to wear a mask in the plane, as social distancing within the plane is not possible. However, should a person test positive, a contact tracing process will be conducted to determine who will have to go in quarantine.

Masha danki and looking forward to seeing you soon on the One happy Island“

My question was if someone tested positive upon their arrival in Aruba While I had provided a covid free test on my ED card, would I Be Identified as a person on that plane which would now have to be quarantined. Appears no, unless you were within that circle of possible contamination around that seat number is how I read this.

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Too many questions. There is no way that the rep would say the entire plane would be contacted and put into quarantine. If that information came out, I would think the number of tourists would decline. Be safe.

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Too many questions. There is no way that the rep would say the entire plane would be contacted and put into quarantine. If that information came out, I would think the number of tourists would decline. Be safe.

They basically have no Idea what they are doing and winging it :lol:


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cmc wrote:
Too many questions. There is no way that the rep would say the entire plane would be contacted and put into quarantine. If that information came out, I would think the number of tourists would decline. Be safe.

They basically have no Idea what they are doing and winging it :lol:


Remember that entire ships were in quarantine, so a plane full of people in quarantine could happen. Maybe Aruba will use a cruise ship to house the positive covid cases coming in. Wouldn't that be a nightmare!

Ronnieb, you are probably right because there are so many unkowns with planes coming in.


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Well, the air circulation system on a plane is very differrent from the ones one cruiseships. You can’t compare them. We know from virusses from the past, like ebola and sars, that if there is a infected person on board of a plane that only the most near by seated persons are in risk as long as the infected person does not walk around in the plane. This is due to the way the aircirculation is and the filters they use.

It is wearing a mask that is kind of useless. But people seems to need that in order to feel safe.


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