Thursday, July 23, 2009

U.S. Customs & Immigration Departing Aruba

People often ask why it is suggested that you arrive at the airport three full hours prior to your flight's departure from Aruba. You need time to clear not only security, but U.S. Customs & US Immigration as well. Through in some time for duty free shopping and additional security, and well, you get the idea.

The good news is that you will only go through U.S. Customs & US Immigration at the airport in Aruba. When your flight arrives in the U.S. you will be deplaning just as you would from any domestic flight in the U.S.

Here is a full size map of the Airport in Aruba.

The Procedure You Will Go Through Is As Follows:
  • Check in with your airline
  • Enter the main building and go through Aruban immigration
  • Go through Aruba Security/xray checkpoint
  • Duty free shopping
  • Retrieve you luggage to pack duty free purchases
  • Take your luggage and go through US Immigration
  • Place your luggage back onto the conveyor belt to be placed on the plane
  • Go through second security/xray checkpoint (see map)

Leaving Aruba- Why You Must Arrive At the Airport Three Hours Prior to Departure

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