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Entry and exit docs required

I have been reading about what is req. for entry and exit and came across something called an ED card. For US citizens other than passport, proof of return flight, what else is required for entry and exit? I am new to travel outside of US and just want to be prepared so I will not be one of those who hold up the line for those of you who are experienced travelers. LOL

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1. Re: Entry and exit docs required

The flight attendants on your airline will pass out the card before you land. Make sure you fill it out prior to landing. At immigration you will hand them your passport and your card. They will tear off a portion of the card for you to keep while in Aruba - this portion has to be turned in when leaving Aruba so just keep it with your passport in your hotel safe.

When leaving Aruba, the airline counter agents (where you check in) will hand you a U.S. Customs form. This needs to be filled out prior to going through U.S. Customs which you'll do at the Aruba Airport - normally, this is done when you land back in the U.S. but Aruba is one of the very few countries where you go through U.S. Customs at their airport so when you land back in the States, you're done.

One of our regular Aruba Forum members has a great detailed list of the various checkpoints you'll go through when departing Aruba so hopefully he'll post it here so you can get an idea of the process.

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For a first time international traveler I definitely reccommend reading through the information at the url's below. They should answer all of your questions as well as give you insight as to what to expect when departing and arriving back in the U.S. along with necessary documents. One of the links has a sample copy of the US Customs form which Amy mentioned.

http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information

travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html

travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/

Especially www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/kbyg/ and cbp.gov/xp/…legally_admitted_to_the_u_s.xml

Travelers returning to the US will go through US Customs & US Immigration inspection when departing Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix: Aruba International Airport

Aruba is a U.S. Customs Service Preclearance station. A preclearance inspection is the same U.S. customs inspection an individual would experience at any U.S. port of entry, except it is conducted in Aruba. Because of this, upon arrival in the U.S. you will NOT need to go through U.S. customs once again upon arrival on U.S. soil. You will simply arrive at your U.S. terminal as if you were on an ordinary domestic flight within the U.S. and either connect with your domestic flight to your final destination or leave the airport.

For more information on this see tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g147247-i144-k2245… and http://www.arubabound.com/getthere_early.htm

Edited: 06 May 2013, 15:28
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3. Re: Entry and exit docs required

We always just use our passport. Also have pic drivers lic. but passports is all we ever used.

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They also give you a form on the plain that you have to fill out and hand in on your return flight.

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Thank you for your info. It is very helpful. I knew the experts would have the answers. I' ll read through the provided links as well. Thanks again.

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Poached from Bobcat2348--and bless you, Bobcat!

It is advised that passengers arrive at the airport three hours prior to departure to ensure enough time to check-in with your airline and clear customs.

You will clear U.S. Customs in Aruba, not the United States. As an added convenience for passengers to the United States and/or Puerto Rico, Aruba has an agreement with the United States government to provide the services of the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). When passengers clear these procedures in Aruba, passengers are not required to clear them again at their final destination in the U.S.

1. Check-in with your airline in the U.S. Airline Terminal. Have your passport ready to show the Airline Agent. It is not necessary to show the Agent your airline ticket/E-Ticket – the Ticket Agent only needs to see your passport to check you in. After the ticket agent confirms your reservation and seat assignment, you receive your Boarding Pass and “U.S. Customs Form” (one form per family). The Agent will take your luggage and put them on a conveyer belt. Note: This is NOT the last time you will see your luggage (see #7).

2. Proceed outside to the Departure Building (left when facing the Departure Terminal).

3. Outside the Departure Terminal, an Aruban Inspector will check your boarding pass and passport.

4. Inside the Departure Building, proceed to the booth where you clear Aruban Immigration. The Agent will check your passport and boarding pass. Here you will turn in the stub of your Tourist Card that you received upon arrival.

5. Proceed to Aruba’s X-ray security.

6. Pass through an area of Duty-Free shops and food eateries. As there are tables and chairs in this area, you may want to fill out the “U.S. Customs Form” here.

7. Enter the “Baggage Claim Area”. Retrieve the luggage that you checked at the Airline Ticket Counter. There are free luggage carts in this area. Note: The “U.S. Customs Form” must be filled out BEFORE you leave the Baggage Claim area.

8. With luggage, proceed to the next room to the U.S. Immigration and Customs booth. The U.S. Agent will check your passport and boarding pass and take the “U.S. Customs Form”.

9. In the next room, place your luggage on the conveyer belt. You may/or may not have your luggage inspected. At this point, you will not see your luggage again until you arrive in the U.S.

10. Next area is U.S. X-ray security.

11. Take the escalator/elevator upstairs to the gate departure area.

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7. Re: Entry and exit docs required

Lori how come you were not around my first trip I could have used that info.

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8. Re: Entry and exit docs required

It's from Bobcat, Sharon! We were clueless on our first trip, too!!!!

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Thanks for poaching from Bobcat, Lori. Very helpful.

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