Passenger luggage exemption from import duties and excise duties for vacationers when reentering Aruba

ORANJESTAD - The Aruba Customs reminds vacationers 16 years and older, that are traveling abroad during school vacation, that they are entitled to exemption from import duties and excise duties when returning to Aruba, on the following items:

  • Personal use items:

Passenger luggage exemption from import duties and excise duties for vacationers when reentering Aruba  Items valued up to 400 florin in total per traveler. If you import an article with an invoice value of more than Afl. 400,-, you do not qualify for an exemption. In this case, no deduction of the Afl. 400,- will be granted.

  • Tax exoneration limited to certain products:

200 cigarettes (1 carton), OR 25 cigars, OR 50 cigarillos, OR 250 grams of tobacco products.

1 liter distilled alcohol like rum or whisky, OR 2,25 liters of wine OR 3 liter of beer

The tax exoneration does not apply on items not mentioned under 1 and 2, and Tax and Excise Duty will be charged.

To be eligible for the tax exemption, each traveler should meet the following requirements:

  • The traveler should be 16 years and older;
  • The purchased items should be for personal consumption;
  • Commercial products do not qualify for the tax exemption.

Frequently asked questions:

“How do I declare my items?”

For personal items, the passenger must make a verbal declaration at the customs office located in the arrival hall when returning to Aruba. However, it is not possible for commercial products or parcels.

Declarations of commercial products or parcels should be made at a customs broker and showing proof of registration at the Aruba Chamber of Commerce and the company’s fiscal number to receive approval to import without manifest (IZM declaration).

The Aruba Customs reminds travelers to keep all their receipts to calculate the exact value of the items bought. Failing to show a receipt for items will result in the Custom agent finding the item’s price online regardless of any discounted price paid.

The Aruba Customs also reminds travelers to keep the exoneration information in mind as this will come in handy when returning to Aruba with purchased items. Should you surpass the limited amount of Awg 400,00 per traveler, please proceed directly to the Custom’s office to declare your items, instead of holding up the lines at the baggage checkpoints.

For more information, please visit www.douane.aw, or send an email to info@douane.aw or call 523-8888.

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