Aruba has become the first Caribbean destination to partner with JetBlue on a pre-testing program.
Aruba will begin accepting a PCR test facilitated by a company called Vault.
Aruba has required a PCR test for all visitors since reopening for tourism over the summer.
The virtually-supervised at-home test facilitated by Vault’s platform is the first and only saliva-based test accepted for entry of JetBlue customers into Aruba.
“Reliable, accurate, and convenient testing is a vital key to safely resuming leisure travel and invigorating the economy,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “With a long history of promoting seamless travel, we are grateful to the Aruban Tourism Authority and the Aruban government for recognizing our partner, Vault, as an easy way for JetBlue customers to meet Aruba’s testing requirements.”
So how does it work?
Thes test is administered via an online video connection facilitated by Vault, with a test supervisor who ensures the customer is providing their sample properly.
The sample is then shipped overnight to a laboratory for processing within 72 hours.
“Aruba is honored to partner with JetBlue to be the first Caribbean country to offer this innovative seamless entry testing to streamline the travel process, and make our ‘one happy island’ even more accessible,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of the Aruba Tourism Authority. “We continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our visitors and locals through advanced safety protocols. This partnership provides our visitors with an added level of convenience and ensures that once travelers arrive on our sunny shores, they can immediately enjoy their trip.”
The move models similar programs first pioneered by American Airlines, which has been increasingly its pre-testing program for the Caribbean of late.
For more, visit Vault.