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.
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 Venezuela. The U.S. Embassy in Caracas is not providing any consular services.
U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should depart Venezuela.
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
Call Cuba Travel Services (CTS)
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.
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
Visit The Dept. of State Website by clicking on the link provided below.
Before you leave the U.S., verify if you have MEDICAL COVERAGE
Medicare and Supplemental Medical Plan coverage benefits while traveling abroad.
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.
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