Additional Terms and Acknowledgements Relating to Travel Services
Welcome to the Travel Resources page. Whether you're looking to book or already have your tickets, here are things you need to know to make sure you have no trouble getting on your flight. This is particularly important if you're flying to a foreign country. Let's get started.
Airport Check In Times
Every airline will have different requirements on how early you need to arrive before a flight. These can also vary by airport. Please check with your airline to get specific information for your journey.
Airport Departure Taxes
In most countries, airport departure taxes are included in the price of your ticket but that's not the case for all. In some cases you may be required to pay a departure tax at the airport before leaving the country. Sometimes it has to be in cash in the local currency, other times they accept dollars, and on occasion credit cards are allowed as well. This Wikipedia page has a incomplete listing and may be out of date, but it's a good place to start. The best way to ensure you are prepared, however, is to check directly with the airport or country from which you'll be departing.
US federal law prohibits passengers from bringing hazardous materials on the aircraft. (1) USA federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in the passenger’s luggage or on the passenger’s person. A violation can result in five years’ imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radio- active materials, but this list should not be considered all-inclusive. For further information, each passenger should contact the relevant airline representative(s) on his or her itinerary. Restrictions on hazardous materials are listed at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/prohibited-items and http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/hazmat_safety/.
When traveling within a single country by airplane, you will be required to carry some form of identification with you. For travel within the US, these forms of identification are considered valid. The name, date of birth and gender that appears on the identification card must exactly match the same such data that is listed on airline ticket(s) and booking records. The requirements in other countries will vary, so please check with your local authorities.
Immunizations and Vaccinations
There are many countries around the world that also have medical requirements before you'll be allowed to enter. This is particularly true for countries that are in either in tropical or underdeveloped regions. Each traveler is responsible to make certain to have obtained the proper immunizations and related required documentation before travel for each destination, and to make the necessary accommodation for security rules imposed by government authorities. To find out which countries may require vaccinations or immunizations, you'll want to visit TIMATIC.
Once you find your requirements, it is your responsibility to see your doctor to find out how to get this done and how to have it documented properly for entry into these countries. The US State Department Website has relevant information relating to travel to specific destinations, and the US Centers for Disease Control information relating to health issues.
All passengers are referred to always check the list of countries that require airlines to treat the passenger cabin with insecticides prior to the flight or while on the aircraft on the DOT’s website, as this list is updated from time to time.
It is the traveler’s responsibility to protect his or her purchases if so desired. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended but not required. The traveler is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against the risks detailed in this document, but we aren't experts in this field. We've found that InsureMyTrip is great for comparing options and costs across multiple providers. We've set up an affiliate link with them, so you can start searching here.
When you're traveling internationally, you will need to have a passport from your home country. Some countries will not admit a traveler if their passport expires within a short time after the date of entry or anticipated exit; to be safe each traveler should ensure that his or her passport does not expire until at least more than six (6) months after their trip is complete. Some countries also require a certain number of blank pages to be available.
Each country may have different entry and exit requirements. These may include restrictions if the traveler has a criminal history. It is your responsibility to make sure you meet the requirements for each country that is part of your trip.
But don't rely on general rules when you can get specific.
US citizens can visit the State Department website for full details. You can also (whether US citizen or not) enter your information into TIMATIC and it will give you detailed information on passport requirements for the country or countries you're visiting. (Even though the page is from United.com, it applies the same to all airlines.)
Risks and Safety
Travel to certain destinations may involve greater risk than others. Travelers should take appropriate steps to remain informed on a daily basis as to current news, as well as to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the United States Government prior to booking travel to international destinations. Information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found at http://www.state.gov, http://www.tsa.gov, http://www.dot.gov, http://www.faa.gov, http://www.cdc.gov, and http://www.cbp.gov. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. Registration is recommended and provided by going to https://step.state.gov/step/.
Traveling with Children
For international travel where a child is traveling, but both parents are not traveling together with the child, there may be some restrictions. The US publishes its recommendations. Other countries may as well, so please check with the embassy or consulate of the country or countries you'll be visiting to find out details.
There are many countries around the world that require visas before you'll be allowed to enter. It is your responsibility to verify that all the visas required for your trip have been obtained, and are valid for the entry and exit dates of your visit. Sometimes it's easy to just get the visa upon arrival or just before departure. Other times it can be a more convoluted and time-consuming process. For Americans, the most common countries for travel that require advance visas are Australia, Brazil, China, and Russia.
Australia and India are easy and can be obtained electronically (Australia, India). Brazil and Russia can be very time-consuming and you might want to enlist the assistance of an independent company to help you. At this time, Cranky Concierge does not have a partner we recommend for third party assistance. China has loosened visa rules, and it is now easier to visit for very short durations without one, but it's still important to double check for every trip you take.
This isn't an inclusive list of countries that require a visa. The same resources that provide passport validity information also provides visa requirements. Visas can sometimes even apply when connecting in a country, so make sure you check all points along your route. Again, US citizens can visit the State Department website or anyone can go to TIMATIC for full details.