• Joe Breitfeller

JetBlue Partners With Aruba on At-Home COVID-19 PCR Entry Testing Program

Aruba has become the first Caribbean nation to partner with JetBlue for seamless entry testing in collaboration with the airline’s testing partner, Vault. The saliva-based test is conducted at home and is supervised via Vault’s technology platform.

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On Wednesday (November 11, 2020), JetBlue announced that Aruba has become the first Caribbean nation to partner with the carrier in accepting pre-entry PCR testing facilitated by Vault, the carrier’s testing partner. Since reopening to visitors, Aruba has required a negative COVID-19 PCR test and Vault’s convenient supervised saliva-based test is conducted at home prior to departure. The test is administered with a supervisor via an online video connection to ensure a valid sample and is then sent overnight to a laboratory for processing within 72 hours. In Wednesday’s announcement, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Joanna Geraghty, said,

“Reliable, accurate, and convenient testing is a vital key to safely resuming leisure travel and invigorating the economy. 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.”

Also speaking on the new testing program, Aruba Tourism Authority’s CEO, Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, added,

“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. 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 and head straight to our award-winning beaches.”

Further speaking on the testing collaboration, Vault’s Founder and CEO, Jason Feldman, commented.

“We are honored that Aruba is allowing Vault to facilitate their first and only saliva-based test accepted for entry into the country. Vault supervises the entire at-home test taking process to make sure that it is safely and precisely completed for more accurate results to keep residents and travelers to Aruba safe.”

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline® and a leading carrier in Boston (BOS), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO) and San Juan (SJU). The airline carries guests to destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America. JetBlue Airways Corporation trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBLU.

Source: JetBlue Airways