Many tourists still leaving Aruba with seashells, corals, or beach sand

ORANJESTAD - Customs agents at the airport of Aruba continue to intercept many tourists returning home with seashells, beach sand, or corals.

According to the international treaty CITES and our local laws such as the Landsbesluit ter bescherming van onze flora en fauna (Lands decree for the protection of our native flora and fauna) and the Zandverordening (Sand ordinance), which prohibit the removal or export of seashells, corals and beach sand from Aruba to protect our environment. 

Confiscated seashells at the airport of Aruba.Confiscated seashells at the airport of Aruba.Various government agencies play an important role in monitoring compliance and preventing violations of these laws, such as Customs, Veterinary Services, and the Department of Nature and Environment. 

The amount of corals, seashells, and beach sand seized recently is remarkable and authorities suspect that locals or residents are selling these prohibited items to tourists.

Confiscated seashells at the airport of Aruba.Seashells, coral and white sand.When checking in for departure at the airport, tourists are faced with a fine, and the items are confiscated. This is certainly not a pleasant experience when leaving our island. This can result in unnecessary negative reviews for Aruba.

Let's respect our nature and protect the environment, let's stop removing seashells, beach sand, and corals from nature and stop offering them to tourists for sale.

Don't we all want the next generations and our tourists to enjoy our beaches, seashells, and corals?

Let's work together to protect our nature.

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