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Forget Spring Cleaning; Fall is for Travel Reorganization

September 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Why is there only one season earmarked for organization? Spring cleaning is the shaking out of rugs, dusting off of shelves, and restocking the pantry after winter, but we propose a similar approach for fall, focused on travel.

Whether you’ve spent the whole summer hopping continents or just headed out on a few road trips, right now is the ideal time to unzip wallets and air out duffel bags in anticipation of yet more travel.

Prepare now for winter & holiday travel by:

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You Need to Know This Passport Rule

September 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just as the arrival of spring means spring cleaning, so too does the coming of autumn call for a reorganization. For this season, we recommend lining up your holiday travel plans, reviewing any upcoming itineraries and, most important of all, having a detailed look at your travel documents such as visas and passports.

The US Department of State agrees, and recently even issued a nice reminder about passport validity, including some fun facts:

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What You Need to Know About Thailand's New Visa Regulations

Where: Thailand
September 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

In response to decreased tourism returns this year due in part to the country’s political woes, Thailand has doubled the amount of days that tourists are allowed to stay in the country on a visa-exempt stamp from 30 to 60.

Passport holders from 49 nations, including the United States, do not need to apply for a visa to enter Thailand. Instead, travelers from these nations receive a visa-exempt stamp upon arrival which grants them 30 days in the country. Under the new rule, tourists can now obtain a one-time, 30-day extension stamp when their initial 30 days expires by visiting an immigration office. The extension will be granted same-day and costs $59 (1,900 baht).

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United Becomes First Airline to Allow Mobile App Passport Scanning

August 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Two days ago, when checking in for a flight from Denver to Guatemala City on the United app, we were unable to obtain a mobile boarding pass and had to check in at the desk upon arriving at the airport.

The reason for this is that a passenger's passport must be verified before a boarding pass - regardless of whether it's paper or mobile - can be issued on international flights. Surely, you're familiar with the self check-in kiosk that makes you scan your passport, and that send you to the desk agent when it malfunctions.

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What US Airports Will Welcome You Home with an Automated Passport Kiosk

August 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

Our favorite piece of travel technology to spread in 2014 is the Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosk, and every new airport added to the list of users is one more notch for progress. Joining the club this summer have been Newark, Atlanta, and—newest of all—Detroit Metropolitan International Airport, who just completed installation of 30 shiny kiosks.

The APC, which began at Vancouver International Airport, now allow travelers arriving from international flights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp. It's not Global Entry; it's something better than Global Entry, not to mention the fact it's completely free.

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Throwback Thursday: Peeking Inside a US Passport from 1952

July 24, 2014 at 1:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

While rifling though some old documents, we happened upon a US passport issued in 1952. Although there are few stamps over which to "ooh" and "aah," the design and requirements within the tiny book did open our eyes a bit as to how restrictive world travel was for the average American.

As you're no doubt aware, World Wars I and II really messed up international relations. As citizens of one of the victors, US travelers were at least more free than most when it came to crossing borders, but some countries still remained on the hot list.

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Automated Passport Kiosks Are So Hot Right Now

June 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news to travelers who've shelled out for Global Entry, but a better option is quickly gaining popularity at major US airports...and it's free to use.

The automated passport kiosk allows travelers arriving from international lights to quickly enter their details, snap a photo, receive a stamp, and continue on their merry way into baggage claim; this is as opposed to waiting in a long line to see an agent for the usual passport review and stamp.

We first experienced the smooth and snappy process back in October, and fell in love with it. It seems that airports and fellow flyers echo our feelings, as over 10 airports have added the machines, with more to come:

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Double Check Visa Requirements Before Deciding on a Destination

April 30, 2014 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to planning a trip overseas, too much information is never a bad thing, especially as it pertains to the details of crossing borders.

United States citizens are lucky enough to be able to travel around the world nearly unfettered, but there are exceptions here and there, with visas and/or fees required in certain countries. Luckily our buddies at CN Traveler have the latest visa requirements.

Check out the full story and double-check the details for your next trip. And always always do double-check with the latest news from the US Department of State before departing.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The Next Airport to Have Automated Passport Kiosks is...

March 11, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have not been shy when it comes to sharing our love and affection for some of the new technology making its way into the passport and immigration control line. Automated kiosks smooth the process, and of course cutting down on lines after a long-haul flight is always a plus.

This week some of this travel technology makes its way over to Texas, as Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now featuring some of those awesome Automated Passport Control kiosks.

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The Disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Teaches a Hard Passport Lesson

Where: Malaysia
March 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

An entire weekend has passed since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and, in that time, the only news of any consequence has been that at least two passengers onboard were traveling under false identities, using stolen passports.

No aircraft, wreckage, emergency calls, or anything to decipher the mystery has been found.

What we have now is a world distressed by the use of these stolen passports, both swiped in the last two years while the original owners (who are alive still) were visiting the popular vacation destination of Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is an island towards the south of Thailand, much nearer to the border with Malaysia than the Thai capital of Bangkok.

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India to Finally Welcome Visitors with New Visas Upon Arrival

Where: India
February 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve seen some good visa news and advice over the last few days, and now we have even more to share. India seems to get be getting on board the technology bandwagon, and they’re streamlining their whole entry process.

The country is boosting its offerings when it comes to allowing visas on arrival to visitors from around 180 countries, and that does include those making the journey from the United States. Right now there’s only like 11 countries that can do this, so it’s certainly quite an expansion. Obviously the thought behind things is convenience, but we’re also thinking that the country is eager to cash in on some more tourist dollars.

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Turkey Enters This Century, Moves Entire Visa Process Online

Where: Turkey
February 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

You've booked a ticket, bought a guidebook and Netflixed a documentary; it's official that you're excited to travel to a new destination. That is, you were excited until you read that the country requires a visa. We're not talking about the plastic credit card, but a little piece of paper or sticker that means you've filed paperwork and paid for the privilege to cross a border.

Obtaining a visa can either go the hard way (like Brazil) or the easy way (like Australia), and we're thrilled to announce that one visa-requiring country has made the decision to take their process completely online. Beginning April 11, 2014, Turkey will require visitors to file an e-Visa.

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