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Old Thursday, April 2nd, 2009, 01:30 PM
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Has anyone recently brought alcohol into Aruba through customs in their checked luggage? There seems to be some rumblings about Customs officials checking luggage this year(carry-on and checked). I know in years past they just wave you through. Anyone have any recent experiences(2009)? Thanks
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When we went through in Feb we just got a wave! Actually the customs agents were standing around talking and didn't stop anyone.
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Thank-You!

QUOTE=lynnen;88157]When we went through in Feb we just got a wave! Actually the customs agents were standing around talking and didn't stop anyone.[/QUOTE]
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In Feb...was the first time we got stopped. He asked us if we had anything to declare..and then we were on our way...Never had that happen before.
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In Feb...was the first time we got stopped. He asked us if we had anything to declare..and then we were on our way...Never had that happen before.
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Has anyone recently brought alcohol into Aruba through customs in their checked luggage? There seems to be some rumblings about Customs officials checking luggage this year(carry-on and checked). I know in years past they just wave you through. Anyone have any recent experiences(2009)? Thanks
Arrived Jan 5th. Asking everybody if the had anything to declare & searching about half the people entering. Only had 2 inspectors and it took forever to get thru.

When we arrived last Sept. (I know this is not recent), they were searching 100% - all bags.

If you need to drink, just be honest and pay the tax.
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I've brought it in for years in checked luggage with no questions asked, it would appear they're now looking for the scratch. This condition will only worsen as Tourism dramatically declines.


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Arrived Jan 5th. Asking everybody if the had anything to declare & searching about half the people entering. Only had 2 inspectors and it took forever to get thru.

When we arrived last Sept. (I know this is not recent), they were searching 100% - all bags.

If you need to drink, just be honest and pay the tax.
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I've brought it in for years in checked luggage with no questions asked, it would appear they're now looking for the scratch. This condition will only worsen as Tourism dramatically declines.
We have gone to Aruba over 30 times. It has only been since last Sept. we have experienced this, & it happened 2 of our last 3 trips. On our last arrival on Jan. 5, along with some searching, there was also a dog "checking" all luggage.
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You're right, quite possibly there could be drug issues as well, coming into the country.

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We have gone to Aruba over 30 times. It has only been since last Sept. we have experienced this, & it happened 2 of our last 3 trips. On our last arrival on Jan. 5, along with some searching, there was also a dog "checking" all luggage.
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I'm confused. What's this issue? You can (legally) bring a bottle of booze into Aruba from the States in your checked luggage.
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Only my personal opinion, but I can't imagine that there should be a problem with a legal amount of alcohol.
You know, in the days before airlines clamped down on the amount of luggage, there were several reports of people bringing in coolers of beer and more...as checked luggage. Years ago, we used to bring a small carry-on cooler that contained a few food things (non-alcoholic) for days 1 and 2 (until we got to the market) and probably something for one good home-cooked meal in our timeshare. Now it is NOT worth the hassle.
We did occasionally bring in duty-free liquor or purchase it in the days when the liquor cart was in operation in the Aruba airport.
Since we have been going on cruises coming back to the US, we do look for good prices in the Caribbean. Legally, you can bring back 1 bottle per person. We have never been hassled for bringing back 2 bottles per person...but sometimes it is just not worth the hassle of jugling another box through the arrival process.
We no longer bring back duty-free liquor from Aruba. Many other Caribbean destinations are cheaper...St. Martin is a cruise favorite for cheap liquor.
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rd, the problem is that if you bring in over the limit, aruba has the right to 'tax' you on it. it is not a cheap tax. for many years they didn't bother anyone and still usually don't for checked luggage. however, as the economy and therefore tourism sours all over the world, convincing people to buy their product locally is a trend you will see in all tourist locations.

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I'm confused. What's this issue? You can (legally) bring a bottle of booze into Aruba from the States in your checked luggage.
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I guess what the question is, is can they check your "checked luggage" for alcohol and try to apply a duty tax to it. It is understood visitors passing through arrival customs are allowed 1 Litre per person duty free usually in their carry-on. However, What if one departs the states with multiple bottles in their checked luggage, is this susceptible to duty tax upon passing through arrival customs.

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Good explanation Sherry!

QUOTE=sherry;88195]rd, the problem is that if you bring in over the limit, aruba has the right to 'tax' you on it. it is not a cheap tax. for many years they didn't bother anyone and still usually don't for checked luggage. however, as the economy and therefore tourism sours all over the world, convincing people to buy their product locally is a trend you will see in all tourist locations.[/QUOTE]
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yes, anything you bring into aruba is included in the count. it isn't when you purchased it that matters. it's where. if it wasn't in aruba then you can't bring it in without understanding that if you are over the limit and they decide to check you are susceptible to a search and then the duty tax.

we in the states know well how many times we were stopped and our luggage opened coming back to the states on a 'tip' that someone on a flight was carrying something illegal. tracy, the lady who just brought my kitten back to the states was on a flight where all luggage was checked in newark after they had all gone thru customs in aruba. if anyone was over the limit they were in trouble.

i'm not being the lecturer or holier than thou but it's the risk you take when you break a law. we all do it but we are shocked when we get caught. so understand that if it's a day where the customs agents have the time, or are bored or have been given orders, your checked luggage could be searched.

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I guess what the question is, is can they check your "checked luggage" for alcohol and try to apply a duty tax to it. It is understood visitors passing through arrival customs are allowed 1 Litre per person duty free usually in their carry-on. However, What if one departs the states with multiple bottles in their checked luggage, is this susceptible to duty tax upon passing through arrival customs.
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Ahhh, I see. You're talking about multiple bottles being brought in and taxed.
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So we are allowed to each bring just 1 bottle into Aruba? Does anyone know what the tax amount is if we have 4 bottles or more?
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I agree, you assume the risk if you take more than what you are allowed. One bottle per person is not much, but the extra you pay to buy it in Aruba far outweighs the tax as far as I am concerned. Here is the IATA website with the info:

IATA - Aruba Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details
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Thanks, but I didn't see any dollar amount for the tax if you're over the limit. We've always taken bottles in our luggage, but now I'm afraid that this trip they may search our luggage going into Aruba.
If the tax is only a few dollars per bottle, then it's worth it to pay the tax rather than to purchase in Aruba.
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I say bubble wrap it and pack it up Karin! The cost of booze down there is 30-40% more expensive than in Ma. I also think the way the economy is going in the US they'll be happy just to have the visitors!


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Thanks, but I didn't see any dollar amount for the tax if you're over the limit. We've always taken bottles in our luggage, but now I'm afraid that this trip they may search our luggage going into Aruba.
If the tax is only a few dollars per bottle, then it's worth it to pay the tax rather than to purchase in Aruba.
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That's what we've always done..bubble wrap and good to go! We will do that again! Thanks!
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For years now we've always brought in 1 bottle each, bubble wrapped and surrounded by clothes in our checked luggage. We've never been stopped and only this past November were we asked if we had anything to declare. We said no, not even thinking about it until I read this post. Do we need to declare that we have them?

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When they ask if I have anything to declare I always reply, " yes, I'm happy to be here"


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For years now we've always brought in 1 bottle each, bubble wrapped and surrounded by clothes in our checked luggage. We've never been stopped and only this past November were we asked if we had anything to declare. We said no, not even thinking about it until I read this post. Do we need to declare that we have them?

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Are you bringing in "premium" liquor for sipping?
I do not understand the rationale of bringing a premium booze for mixing it in a slushy, fruity, blender drink.
We used to make blender drinks (pina coladas) and the rum they sell in AUA is suitable...it contains alcohol. If we got a good bargain on Bacardi (in the US or at the AUA airport cart), we used that...a reasonable splurge. Now, we're more of a "glass of wine in the late afternoon" people and a reasonably-priced Chilean wine is OK. We're obviously not wine-snobs.
Balance cost with hassle...and be reasonable.
Just my opinion, again.

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linda, one bottle is within the limit. you are fine.

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For years now we've always brought in 1 bottle each, bubble wrapped and surrounded by clothes in our checked luggage. We've never been stopped and only this past November were we asked if we had anything to declare. We said no, not even thinking about it until I read this post. Do we need to declare that we have them?

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