PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE
All visitors - including children ages 2 and up - incur a
passenger facility charge (departure tax).
However, this charge is waived for transit passengers who are
in Aruba for less than 24 hours. While in transit, passengers
may leave the airport and return within the 24 hour period.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Duty
years of age or older are allowed to bring to Aruba
2 (two) liters of
liquor and 200 (two hundred)
cigarettes, 50 (fifty)
cigars, and 250g (two hundred
and fifty grams) of tobacco.
Importation of animals or
pets from South and Central America is prohibited.
Hotels do not have facilities
When leaving the island, it is important to keep in mind the
rules and regulations of your
own country regarding what your allowance is for
taking any such items back with you. In the case of the US and
Canada, the regulations are shown below.
Significant benefits for international travelers are
included in the Customs Procedural Reform and Simplificant Act
of 1978. Highlights of the law, as of January 27, 1983, and
the September 4, 1990 revisions, are outlined below.
Specifically these revisions concern ARUBA & THE NETHERLANDS
ANTILLES (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St Eustacia, St. Maarten) as
well as 22 other beneficiary countries, basically in the
Caribbean basin area.
1. You may bring home, free of duty, $600 worth of
articles based on the retail value in the country of
2. The number of cigarettes which you may include in
your duty-free exemption is 200 (one carton).
3. The allowance of Duty-free liquor is one fifth plus
a second bottle of locally produced liquor per person over 21
years of age within the $600 exemption. However, substantial
savings can be realized when taking back more,because even
with the duty it's still cheaper than at the corner liquor
store in the US. This is especially true of the higher priced
4. Articles accompanying you, in excess of your
personal $600 exemption, up to $1000, will be assessed at a
flat 10% rate of duty. These articles must be for personal use
or for use as gifts, and not for resale. This provision may be
used once every 30 days, excluding the days of your last
5. Members of a family residing in one household
traveling together on their return to the US. can group
articles acquired for application of the flat duty rate,
regardless of which family member may be the owner. For
example, an eligible family of four can have their articles
grouped together, for a total of $2,400 with no duty and
$3,200 with 10% (see point 4) fair retail value for entry at
the flat rate.
6. If you can not claim your personal $600 exemption
because you have used it in the preceding 30 days or you were
out of the country for less than 48 hours (Mexico & Virgin
Islands excluded), you are allowed to bring in $25 worth of
articles for your personal or household use.
7. In addition to the $600 exemption, each traveler can
mail an unlimited number of gifts valued at $200 to friends
and relatives back home, provided the addressee does not
receive more than one gift parcel in a day. No declaration is
required and no tax is levied. No liquor or tobacco is
permitted. (As of July 28, 1994.)
8. FREE OF DUTY are foreign photographic film, original
paintings, drawings & sculptures, foreign language books,
antiques, caviar and truffles. Under the US. program of trade
concessions to developing regions, your gold and silver
jewelry could qualify as original works of art if made in the
Netherlands Antilles (obtain a certificate from the place of
purchase that your jewelry was made here). All locally made
souvenirs and handicrafts are duty-free.
9. You may not bring in any merchandise which
originates from North Korea, North Vietnam, Zimbabwe or Cuba.
Goods from China, however, are allowed.
10. If you understate the value of an article you
declare or otherwise misrepresent an article on your
declaration, you may have to pay a penalty in addition to
payment of duty. Under certain circumstances, the article can
be seized and then forfeited if the penalty is not paid.
11. Regulations covering the Virgin Islands, American
Samoa and Guam, are different than those pertaining to the
Netherlands Antilles. Check with the individual islands or
with US. customs. Of course, customs clearance and exemptions
for both US. residents and visitors are subject to the same
restrictions and requirements as in the past; e.g., endangered
species, air pollution, agricultural items and safety control
for vehicles. These are all covered in leaflets issued for
International travelers: "Know before you go: Customs hints
for returning residents", "Customs hints for visitors &
non-residents", & "Customs tips for visitors". Copies may be
obtained from U. S. Customs, PO. Box 7118, Washington, DC.
1. If you have been away from Canada 24 hours or more
you may bring in goods to the value of C$ 50, excluding
alcohol and tobacco, free of duty. This exemption may be
claimed any number of times a year.
2. If you have been away for 48 hours, any number of
times a year, you may bring in C$ 200 in goods. After seven
days absence or more, you may bring;n up to C$ 500 of goods
3. If you are eligible for the quarterly or yearly
exemption, the dollar value of certain amounts of tobacco and
alcohol may be brought in under that exemption. These are 200
cigarettes and 50 cigars or cigarillos and .91 kg (2 Ibs) of
tobacco. You must be 16 years of age. Additional tobacco may
be brought in, if you are willing to pay duty and taxes on the
excess. In addition, if you meet the age requirement of the
place where you reenter Canada, you may bring in 1.1 liters
(40 oz.) of wine or liquor or 24 x 12 oz, cans or bottles or
its equivalent (8.2 liters, 288 a oz.) of beer or ale. The
cost of exceeding the alcoholic beverage allowance is high,
but you are allowed 9 extra liters.
4. You may not pool your exemptions with any other
person's. All goods for exemption must be for personal or
household use or gifts.
5. After any trip abroad from 48 hours or more, you are
entitled to a special 20% tax rate on: goods valued up to
C$300 over and above your C$200 or C$500 personal exemption or
goods valued up to C$500, if no personal exemption is being
claimed. This excludes alcohol or tobacco. Regular duty and
taxes apply to all importation's in excess.
6. You may send gifts, worth no more than C$40, to
Canada free of duty. Be sure a gift card is included. This
will not count against your personal exemption. No alcohol,
tobacco or advertising material may be included. If gifts
exceed C$40, addressee must pay duty and taxes on the excess
7. Goods you bring in under the $50 and $200 exemption
law must accompany you in all cases. Under the $500 exemption
law, they may follow by mail or other transport, but you must
declare them when you reenter Canada.