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Aruba TSA - departure info

Discussion in 'Caribbean Timesharing' started by jaym, May 1, 2017.

  1. jaym

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    My wife and I leave for Aruba soon from U.S. We already registered online for ED Card so expect no issues upon arrival there. We are registered TSA Precheck since last trip to Aruba.

    However, not sure about departure processing when we head back to U.S.
    I heard that Aruba's airport does not have a TSA precheck line so we would need to remove liquids, shoes, etc. twice as we've done in past, Aruba Customs and U.S. re-entry check.
    Can recent visitors that have TSA Precheck comment? Thanks for any info.
     
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    Aruba does not have Pre Check. I have never been to an island that does. So, yes, you do need to take off your shoes and remove your liquids & computers. The good thing is that you go through US customs in Aruba, so when you land in the states, it's a regular domestic flight.
     
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    tsa precheck is domestic only
     
  4. sandkastle4966

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    Be prepared for a 3 hour process on Sat / Sunday from entering the terminal to being at your gate. If its less then you can be pleasantly surprised. Weekdays plan on 2 hours.
     
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    Yes, only available at domestic US Airports. Though you can use it when flying international from the USA.
     
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    They do have Global Entry in Aruba when clearing US Customs/Immigration-but as others posted-no precheck for the TSA screening.
     
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    St Thomas & St Croix have TSA Pre check.
     
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    Since they've installed the digital US passport/customs screening, the process has been cut in half. The past 3 times we've gone, we've arrived 3 hours early (weekends) to prepare for the wait and found ourselves sitting at the gate an hour after we arrived. However, that being said, I would not recommend pushing it to anything less than 2 hours, just to be safe.
     
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    Haven't been to St. Thomas (going in December) or St. Croix. Thanks for the heads up!
     
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    Since Aruba is the only Caribbean island (that is not a US Territory) that has US Preclearance. It would make sense that no other Caribbean country has TSA Pre Check. Technically Hawaii is also an Island and I am sure that they have TSA Pre Check also.:)
     
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    That is because they are US territories and Aruba is not
     
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    I was wrong on this, looks like Nassau and Freeport Bahamas along with Bermuda also all have preclearance. Though no TSA Precheck.
     

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