Why do you need to be at the Aruba airport so early?

My Vacation Lady recently got asked this question from clients headed to Aruba— Why does my confirmation read that there is a 3 hour check in required at the airport?  Why do we need to be at the airport so early before coming home?

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The answer is actually very simple- it’s because you go through customs in Aruba and don’t need to go through customs again when you land in the U.S.  


Right now, there are 15 airports in 6 different countries worldwide where the U.S. offers “preclearance”.  This is the same immigration and customs check that you would get when you landed in the U.S.

Right now, those airports are:

  • Calgary, Canada
  • Edmonton, Canada
  • Halifax, Canada
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Victoria Canada

In other countries, you will clear U. S. Customes in:

  • Bahamas- Freeport and Nassau airports
  • Bermuda
  • Aruba
  • Ireland- both Dublin and Shannon
  • United Arab Emirates

The United States is looking to add more Pre Clearance Airports to the list in 2015 so as soon as we hear, we’ll let you know.

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Mindy Gilbert of My Vacation Lady has been helping clients, just like you, plan their dream vacations, cruises and honeymoons since 1994.