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Visitors 18 years and older are allowed to bring in 2.25 litres of wine or three litres of beer or one litre of spirits and 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars and 250g of tobacco duty free.

For more information contact the Aruba customs department at 297/582-1800.

Also see the section in General Info: Illegal items.

To import a cat or dog you need to provide a certificate of health from a licensed veterinarian that has been issued within 14 days of arrival, as well as a valid proof of vaccination against rabies administered at one month, but no longer than one year before arrival in Aruba. Pets from South and Central America, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are not permitted entry. For more information call the Veterinary Service of Aruba at 297/585-0400.

Flights arrive at Queen Beatrix International Airport (airport code AUA; tel 524-2424), which is 2.5 miles from the capital, Oranjestad. Flying time is two hours from Miami and four hours from New York.

Airlines that call on Aruba include Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeropostal (tel 589-7793), Aerorepublica, Aires (tel 583-7788), Air Canada (tel 888/247-2262), American Airlines/American Eagle (tel 582-2700), American Trans Air, ArkeFly (tel 588-6544), Aserca (tel 582-0428), ATA Airlines (tel 800/435-9282), Avensa, Avianca (tel 582-5484), Avior Airlines (tel 583-9040), Condor (tel 800/524-6975), Continental (tel 588-0019), Delta Airlines (tel 800-1555), Dutch Antilles Express (tel 588-1900), KLM (tel 582-3546), North American Airlines (tel 800/359-6222), Omni Air International (tel 877/718-8901), Royal Aruban Airlines (tel 588-3300), Ryan International Airlines (tel 800/727-0457), Sam, Santa Barbara Airlines (tel 588-6441), Skyservice Airlines, Sol America (tel 582-0901), Surinam Airways (tel 582-7896), United Airlines (tel 582-9592), USA 3000 (tel 877/872-3000), US Airways (tel 800-1580) and Varig (tel 583-4045).

Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.

The cruise port is located in Oranjestad.

Cruise lines that call on the island include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Festival Cruises, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Hapag Lloyd Kreuzfahrten, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines, P&O Cruises, Peter Deilmann Reederei, Princess Cruises, Radisson Seven Seas, Regal Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises and Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.

The Aruba Cruise Tourism Authority (tel 297/583-3648), the Aruba Ports Authority (tel 297/582-6633) and the Aruba Tourism Authority (tel 297/582-3777) maintain cruise ship schedules.

Most of the roads in Oranjestad are one way. Conditions can be rough in remote and interior areas where drivers should also watch for herds of goats or donkeys crossing the road. Some areas, such as the north coast plains, are only accessible by rugged dirt roads and the use of 4WD vehicles is preferable to cars.

There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island. To rent a car you will need your valid driver's license from home (held for at least two full years) or an international driver's license. Motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and bicycles can also be rented.

Driving is on the right. Seat belts must be worn and motorcyclists must wear helmets by law. It is prohibited to turn right on a red light, and where there are no road signs at intersections, traffic on your right has the right of way. In urban areas the speed limit is 40km/hr (25 mph) and out of town it is generally 60-80km/hr (37-50 mph).

Some traffic circles/roundabouts are used for traffic control instead of lights. If you've never used a roundabout, remember: vehicles already in the roundabout have right of way; yield to traffic on your right, signal, then slowly move in.

CAR AND BUGGY RENTALS (country code 297)
Airport: Airways Rent-A-Car, 582-9112; Amigo Rent a Car, 588-3299; Avis Rent a Car, 582-5496; Caribbean Car Rental, 582-2515; Carvaval Rent a Car, 582-5295; Courtesy Car Rental, 582-4129; Econo Car Rental, 582-0920; Family Car Rental, 583-0101; Happy Island/Topl Car rent, 588-4267; Hertz Car Rental, 582-9112; Jenny Five Star Car Rental, 582-7600; J M Car Rental, 582-3230; National Car Rental, 582-5451; N L Rent A Car, 588-6366; Optima Rent A Car, 583-2531; Payless Car Rental, 588-3642; Ruba Rental Car, 583-1020; Supercar Rentals, 588-3644; Thrifty Car Rental, 583-5335; Toyota Rent a Car, 583-4902; Trac Rent-A-Car, 583-4902

Noord: Dedicated 2 U Rent a Car, 594-3312; Dollar Rent A Car, 586-0505; Enterprise Car Rental, 587-3504; Gotcha Car rental, 587-0280 or 587-6078; Hedwina Car Rental, 583-0880; Rito's Car Rental, 587-7921; Royal Car Rental, 587-7900; Supercar Rentals, 586-8765; Top Drive, 587-1729; Value Car Rental, 586-1709

Oranjestad: Airways Rent-A-Car, 586-4115 and 582-1845; Alamo, 587-4340 and 583-3244; All Drive Car Rental, 582-9444; American Car Rental, 588-0299; Amigo Rent a Car, 583-8833; Arurentals, 582-4885; Asha, 586-4036 and 585-8780; Avis Rent a Car, 582-8787; Blue Lizard Buggy Rental, 586-0606; Budget Rent a Car, 582-8600; Deals on Wheels Rent a Car, 583-4042; Donata Car & Cycle Rent, 582-0202 or 586-0606; Econo Car Rental, 587-0099 and 588-7062; Economy Car Rental, 583-0200; Explore Car Rental, 582-7202; Family Car Rental, 586-1360 and 586-0505; George Drive Yourself Service, 582-8600; Hertz Car Rental, 582-1845; Jansen Car Rental, 582-2783; More 4 Less Jeep & Car Rental, 588-7255; National Car Rental, 587-1967 or 586-3768 (Holiday Inn); North Star Car Rental, 586-8686; Rentcar, 586-3739 and 586-3886; Ruba Rental Car, 588-6269; Sunshine Car Rental, 993-0085; Thrifty Car Rental, 585-5300 and 585-0013; Toyota Rent a Car, 582-3000 ext 635 (Casa Del Mar/Aruba Beach Club) and 586-1000 ext 892 (Playa Linda Hotel); Trac Rent-A-Car, 586-7703; Two (2) Plus Rent A Car, 582-0009; Van Gijn Car Rental, 583-0200 and 582-0009

Paradera: Ace Jeep & Car Rental, 583-0840; Bonbini Rent a Car, 734-1111

Elsewhere on the island: Donata Car & Cycle Rent (Catiri/Tanki Leendert), 587-0707; Smart Rent a Car (Piedra Plat), 962-2220; Clemie's Car Rental (San Nicholas), 584-0566; Tropic Carrental (Shiribana), 583-7336; Carvaval Rent a Car (Simeon Antonio), 582-8851

Noord: Melchor Cycle Rental, 587-1787; Salas Cycle Tours, 586-4973

Oranjestad: Big Twin Aruba, 582-8660; George's All Terrain Vehicles, Scooters & Motorcycles, 993-2202; Harley-Davidson, 582-8660; Motorcycle Planet Aruba, 583-7041; Raygath, 588-6910; Scooter Plan Sales, Rental, Leasing, 583-5830

Elsewhere on the island: Donata Car/Scooter and ATV Rental (Catiri), 583-4343; CC Cycle Center (Morgenster), 588-9792; Roadrunner (Seroe Patrishi), 593-8160

Oranjestad: Eagle Beach Ocean View Bike & Locker Rental, 587-8655; Melchor Cycle Rental, 587-3448

Taxis have the letters "TX" on their license plates. Most drivers speak English and have participated in the government's Tourism Awareness Program. Taxis are available in front of the airport terminal and usually in front of hotel lobbies and at popular tourist spots. Elsewhere it is not customary to hail taxis from the road. Call or go to the taxi dispatch office at Pos Abao 41 (tel 582-2010 or 582-2116) in Oranjestad, behind the Eagle Bowling Palace on Sasaki Rd.

There are no taxi meters as fares are set by the government. Taxi drivers should have a rate card in their vehicle, however, you should verify the rate with the driver prior to getting into the taxi. From the airport to most hotels the fare is approximately US$13-16. Additional charges apply on holidays and after midnight. The minimum fare is $5. Taxis can also by hired by the hour for about $40 per hour. Island taxi tours are available in addition to standard taxi service.

Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All information should be verified prior to travel.

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