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new yrok
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I have been reading up on documentation needed for travel to and from Aruba. I have read many people saying they had wrong paperwork. I have never traveled out of the US and need help!

1. To enter:

1. Passport, hotel confirmation, and return airline ticket is needed.

2. On flight I will receive a ED Card from Flight Attendant.

3. Upon landing, the Immigration Rep will tear off bottom portion and give to us for return flight.

2. To leave:

1. At check-in counter representative will give us a US Customs form to fill out.

2. This needs to be turned in when we go through the US Customs section.

3. The ED Card also will be turned in when they check our passports

Is there any other forms or documents we may need?????

I am worried as too many people say that either they or people before them had wrong forms????

Please let me know! THANK YOU!!!!!!

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You have it correctly. Nothing else you need. In the 30+ times I have never been asked to see my return ticket or confirmation or anything with the hotel. They do ask on the form which hotel you are staying at and how many nights but that's it. Its really simple. No worries.

new yrok
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Thank you for your reply!

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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. Less time generally on weekdays.

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.

12. More shops and restaurants.

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It seems like a lot to do, but airport personnel will direct you every step of the way. Print your boarding pass the day before departure. If curbside check in is available at the airport, I recommend that you use the service. Just have your passport and boarding pass in hand along with a tip ($10). They will take your bags and direct you to the departing gate. This is for departure. Curbside service won't be available for return.

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