Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative: The Basics

Air Travel Requirements

U.S. citizens and citizens of Canada, Mexico and Bermuda traveling by air between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport to enter (or re-enter) the U.S.

Temporary Travel Flexibility for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda

U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can nevertheless temporarily enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and Department of State official proof of application for a passport through Sept. 30, 2007. Children under the age of 16 traveling with their parents or legal guardian will be permitted to travel with the child’s proof of application.
This temporary accommodation does not affect entry requirements to other countries. U.S. Citizens traveling to a country that requires passports must still present those documents.

Land/Sea Travel Requirements

As early as January 31, 2008, U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), could be required to present a valid U.S. passport or other documents as determined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Passport Requirements

All citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Bermuda are now required to present a valid passport when entering the United States at any airport as of January 23, 2007 (with the exception of the temporary travel flexibility for U.S. citizens ). This includes:
Children of any age, including children of Legal Permanent Residents who are United States citizens.

Updates on on-going projects/Island developments

Paseo Herencia: New Shopping Mall to open near the Playa Linda

In the Fall of 2007, Aruba’s newest shopping, dining and entertainment center will celebrate its grand opening. The architects and developers have gone to great lengths to create a center where visitors can get a taste of Aruba’s history. Paseo gives tribute to Aruba’s history and culture, outstanding citizens and celebrities. It features world-class shopping, eateries, nightclubs, state-of-the-art cinemas, performances by local artists and the Barracudas synchronized swimming team as well as nightly Bellagio–like liquid fireworks. The stores will be open daily, from morning until evening. The cinema will open from noon to midnight. The restaurant hours vary.

Jet Blue adds direct flight Aruba to Boston, second flight from JFK

Jet Blue, in its ongoing expansion of service, now offers direct flights between Boston (Logan International Airport) and Aruba, and has added an additional flight to its daily, direct runs between New York (JFK) and Aruba.

Two options for travel between JFK and AUA include Flight 755 departing JFK to Aruba at 8:10 a.m., and Flight 757, departing JFK to Aruba at 10:50 a.m. Return flights from Aruba to JFK include Flight 756, departing Aruba at 1:50 p.m. and Flight 758, departing Aruba at 4:30 p.m.

Divi offers a condo option with “The Residences”

The coastal condominium project of The Residences at Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort was unveiled earlier this year, revealing yet another attractive way to own in Aruba. The Residences is comprised of 54 luxury units, available in studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom accommodations.

Palm Beach Plaza under construction

Palm Beach Plaza, a new mall and residential complex, is currently under construction with its opening scheduled to take place before the end of next year.

The two-story design of Palm Beach Plaza has stores ringing a center section fit for presentations and public performances. The Plaza will also feature a bowling alley as well as the largest cinema complex on the island. In total, Palm Beach Plaza will offer 15,000 square meters of shops, eateries and amusements with additional space allotted to an ample parking area for up to 350 vehicles.