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 Post subject: Aruba scanners in action
PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:17 am 
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It has been mentioned that now after picking up your luggage on arrival one has to put it through the scanners. Do you know why? In all my years traveling to Aruba only seen it being done once and that appeared to be from a inter-island flight.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:39 am 
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Many countries use x-ray scanners in their Customs and Immigrations processing; they are looking for "contraband" or dutiable items. In the past, Aruba tended to only use their scanners when flights came from South American countries, or perhaps Florida - and they were looking (supposedly) for drugs and Arubians returning with large purchases. They didn't normally run the scanners on US visitors because they probably didn't want to delay everyone's vacation.

However, due to the lower numbers of arrivals, and a desire to perhaps increase revenue, they've turned on the scanners for everyone now. There _are_ no flights from South America to scrutinize, and so maybe they had the idea that this was the perfect time to try running them on everyone and work out any kinks in the system?

In addition, to be honest there have been SO MANY people on social media "advertising" how they bring stuff into Aruba that is (at least technically) forbidden - this includes fresh (frozen) meats and all their alcohol - that it's really no surprise that the authorities thought they could crack down on this practice relatively easily. They want to both encourage you to buy things IN Aruba, and they also have their own health and safety rules that they want to now enforce.

I hope that clears things up? They're really doing nothing more than the US and other countries do normally - it's just that we'd all gotten used to the "wave everyone through" laxity...


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:24 pm 
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Thanks bryanzs for helping me. I had no idea what airport scanners were for. :P Sure it's not for microwaving popcorn. That's one reason I never pack popcorn in my luggage.

Hopefully they still allow a alcohol allowance of one liter per traveler.

I do have to alert a friend who comes to Aruba. No BS she backs an entire suitcase with food. She brings frozen meats and marinated items that she freezes months in advance. I once asked her with home to Aruba how the items stay frozen and she says by the time they get to the room things are just starting to thaw. It's not much to save money (she says) as it is because the entire family of 4 adults and 3 kids tag along.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:00 pm 
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Sadly they are also charging duty on the items people are bringing in for the non profit foundations. So far, the only ones targeted seem to be the animal foundations. Those items are easy to detect, and how many people bring dog carriers and leashes and collars for their own personal use? I’m sure Pack for a Purpose and Cas Cuna donors are not far behind. There is a limit of AFL400 in new items that can be brought in. I know Customs is only doing their job, but it will certainly hurt the animal foundations, who are already hurting from the island being shut down. They rely on tourists for monetary and in-kind donations. The government does not help them at all, and now, instead of helping, they are hurting them.

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arubajoey wrote:
Sure it's not for microwaving popcorn. That's one reason I never pack popcorn in my luggage.


I can't guarantee that if you filled your suitcase entirely with popcorn, it wouldn't explode. But it would certainly get them to stop and take a closer look...

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Hopefully they still allow a alcohol allowance of one liter per traveler.


So far as I have heard, yes, that's still allowed. But they will also see if you ALSO go to the duty free and buy more there, so make sure you don't go over the limit.

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It's not much to save money (she says) as it is because the entire family of 4 adults and 3 kids tag along.


Your friend may find this year that it will _cost_ her money if she does this, as they may either tax her or (more likely) confiscate and throw out her marinated meats. For real, please do tell her she may want to reconsider doing this for now...


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I went on the VisitAruba website and there is a list of items that can not be brought in. Likely even pre-Covid items like meats, vegetables, perisiable just like the US are not let in or may be taxed. Good news for me is that 1 liter per person is OK so Duty Free here is still a go.

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