TRAVEL TIPS

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CERTIFIED DRIVERS LICENSE THE REAL ID ACT

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CERTIFIED  DRIVER  LICENSE

OCTOBER 1, 2020 


The REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for driver's license issuance and production.  It prohibits Federal Agencies from accepting for certain purposes driver’s licenses and identification cards from states not meeting the Act’s minimum standards. 


The purposes covered by the Act are: accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft.


 The TSA is reminding travelers that beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler must present 

a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, or another acceptable form of identification, 

to fly within the United States. 


 As of October 10, 2018, thirty-seven (37) states, territories, and the District of Columbia have been determined by DHS as compliant with all REAL ID requirements. 


More information is provided at the DHS. 

Click on the website link below.

Real ID - DHS

AA CANCELS FLIGHT TO/FROM VENEZUELA

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VENEZUELA TRAVEL ADVISORY


Do not travel to Venezuela due to crime, civil unrest, poor health infrastructure, and arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens. 

Some areas have increased risk. 

Read the entire Travel Advisory.


On March 11, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the temporary suspension of operations of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel from VenezuelaThe U.S. Embassy in Caracas is not providing any consular services.

 

U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela.

TRAVELING TO CUBA REQUIREMENTS

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 January 25, 2019


If you're traveling to Cuba, you MUST check in with an agent at the airport and share your reason for traveling to Cuba before your name can be placed on the airport priority list.

  

This means you -  CANNOT CHECK-IN 

ON-LINE THROUGH THE TRAVEL PLANNER. You will need to obtain a CUBA-READY-STAMP before you can board the flight.


To receive your Cuba-Ready-Stamp, you must show a valid passport, visa travel card, or Cuban passport.


MIAMI - If you are originating in Miami, look for the Cuba Ready Booth by Checkpoints 1 and 2.  If you are connecting in Miami, look for the booth at your gate or Customer Service Centers by Gates 14 and 47. 


CHARLOTTE - If you are originating in Charlotte, look for the Cuba Ready Booth 

at the ticket counter between B and C checkpoints. If you are connecting in Charlotte look for the booth at your gate. 


CUBAN GOVERNMENT REQUIREMENTS

The Cuban government requires all visitors 

to have health insurance for coverage throughout its territory.

 

A $25 fee for Cuban health insurance issued by ESICUBA and administered by ASISTUR will be included in your NRSA charges. 


QUESTIONS ABOUT CUBA TRAVEL 

Visit aa.com/visitcuba 

or  

Call Cuba Travel Services (CTS) 

877-511-2822

DEPARTMENT OF STATE TRAVEL ADVISORY

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ALWAYS CHECK FOR TRAVEL ADVISORIES WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.


Included below is the website link to the Department of State Travel Advisory Page. 


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PASSPORTS   &   VISAs 


IS YOUR PASSPORT VALID FOR TRAVEL (although, it has not yet expired) ? 

The Passport Services department at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to receive reports of U.S. citizen travelers unable to board international flights because their passports do not have the required passport validity.

Passports should be valid through the dates of your trip, but most countries in the European Union require passports be valid for at least three months from planned date of departure and some countries even require passports be valid for at least six months from date of departure.

For more information on requirements by country, log on to The Travel Planner on the Retirees' Website.


Click on Tools, and then International Docs from the Drop-down Menu

 OR - 

Visit The Dept. of State Website by clicking on the link provided below.

U.S. STATE DEPT. - WEBSITE

TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE U.S.

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Before you leave the U.S., verify if you have MEDICAL COVERAGE


Medicare and Supplemental Medical Plan coverage benefits while traveling abroad. 


  • If you have ORIGINAL Medicare Part A and Part B, in general, Medicare WILL NOT PAY for healthcare services when you travel outside the U.S except in rare cases. .  Review the official Medicare Website.

  1. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan  check your policy provider to determine if it includes coverage outside the U.S.
  2. If you have a  Supplemental Medical Plan, with Original Medicare, check with your supplemental healthcare plan "Provider"  to see if they include or offer coverage outside the U.S.
  3. If coverage is not included in your plan, purchase a TRAVEL INSURANCE POLICY that includes international healthcare coverage.

WWW.MEDICARE.GOV

TRAVEL POWER

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WHAT DO YOU NEED?    Adapters, Converters, and Transformers?  Normally when you travel to Europe the only thing you need is a  Dual Voltage  Adapter for a cell phone and laptop.

 

Purchase a UNIVERSAL ADAPTER, rather than, using different adapters for different countries.  

--- Phones & Laptops; you need is an adapter to plug it into the wall.

--- A razor or electric toothbrush may work that way also, however, you need to know if your device is dual voltage.


A VOLTAGE CONVERTER allows devices to run at high temperatures (and cannot be run on whatever electricity is provided).

--- A voltage converter is not going to help with electronics that aren’t dual voltage.

--- Hair devices (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers) use dual voltage.

--- The U.S. runs on 110 volt electricity.

--- Japan is 100 volts. 

--- Europe, Asia, and Australia run between      220 volts and 240 volts.  


A TRANSFORMER changes the current to something closer to pure voltage. 

--- If you are using electronics that are not DUAL VOLTAGE you need a Transformer. When traveling, use the smallest transformer possible based on the wattage of your device.  


--- In choosing between a CONVERTER or TRANSFORMER, you need to know the maximum wattage at which your device(s) operate. 

--- You need a Converter or Transformer that is certified to operate at greater than that wattage.