Common Travel Questions
It is fun and exciting to travel, and the more you know and are prepared, the more likely you will have a wonderful and positive experience. Below is a list of the most common travel questions that we are asked during the process. Have a question you don’t see below? Send us a quick email and we’ll get back with you as soon as we can!
What do I need to know about passports, visas and each countries’ requirements, etc.?
IMPORTANT! CHECK PASSPORT EXPIRATION DATES:
Check on the passport requirements for the specific country in which you will be traveling. Many countries require that a passport be valid for more than 6 months AFTER your return date. You will be denied boarding if your passport expiration date is less than 6 months after your return date! Be sure to check and renew if needed!
FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING PASSPORTS, VISAS, COUNTRY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS, REQUIRED VACCINATIONS, ETC, GO TO: www.travel.state.gov
HERE IS IMPORTANT PASSPORT CONTACT INFORMATION:
The National Passport Information Center is available to answer your passport questions.
Please note: If you’re outside the United States, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Passport Inquiries Phone: 1-877-487-2778/ 1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY)
Customer service representatives are available (except Federal Holidays):
Monday- Friday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Time
Saturday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Automated passport information is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Email: NPIC@state.gov. Most email inquiries are answered within 24 hours.
Please call for the status of your passport. We cannot email that information.
Do not email for travel emergencies. Contact us by phone only.
Life or Death Emergencies
If you have a life or death travel emergency outside of normal business hours, please call (202) 647-4000. You may want to register with the Embassy which you can go at https://step.state.gov/step/ in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
What is the difference between a Passport Card and a Passport Book?
Passports must be booked in one’s FULL LEGAL NAME as it appears on their documentation of citizenship (Driver’s License or Passport) – No nicknames, incorrect spellings, different surnames, etc. will be accepted. For anyone traveling internationally, a valid passport is required and must be valid for 6 months after your trip end date, unless you are taking certain “closed loop” cruises from a US port. Even if the cruise line does not require a passport for this cruise, Destination Fun Travel recommends that ALL passengers travel with a Passport BOOK. If one would have a travel emergency and need to fly home from outside the US, they will be denied boarding without a passport BOOK.
IMPORTANT: A passport BOOK is required for all international flights. A passport book applies for international travel by air, sea, or land. A passport CARD cannot be used for flying.
A passport card is only acceptable for: Entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Are there any vaccines that are required for my specific destination?
What size of liquids can I carry on a plane and what are the TSA rules?
You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. This is also known as the 3-1-1 liquids rule. If you purchased duty free liquids that are larger than 3 oz. and you have a connecting flight, you must put the liquids in your checked luggage after immigration before checking your luggage to its final destination. You will need to go through TSA again after customs/immigration. Here is a link for important TSA Travel Tips:
How early should I arrive at the airport for my flight?
What do I need to do prior to my flight?
GENERAL FLIGHT INFORMATION:
Sometimes clients may purchase their own flights. If you do, be sure to get pre-assigned seats on the plane as soon as your flights are booked. If there are schedule changes, you will also want to confirm that you have pre-assigned seats. If you do not have complimentary pre-assigned seats, some airlines offer premium seats that you can purchase. The airlines leave a certain percentage of the plane to assign at the time of airport check in, so be sure to arrive even extra early to get those. Flights do oversell, so it is important to get pre-assigned seats.
If you are traveling and a flight is canceled or delayed, you need to contact the 24/7 help desk for your wholesaler that we provided in your travel documents. You will need to let them know of your new flight arrival time and information so they can let the transfer company and hotel know of your new arrival time.
Also, once you arrive at the airport, you will need to work directly through the airline for any changes, cancellations, etc. In case there is a line, you may also want to call the airline too while you are in line. If the airline does not have a good alternative flight, be sure to ask the airline if they can reroute you even through another carrier. Sometimes, an airline may work with another carrier and that may be a possibility.
What if I want to change my flights or resort or hotel reservation?
Do I need travel insurance? What does it cover?
What do I do to request a specific room or location?
Will there be entrance and exit fees to pay at the airport while traveling?
What time can I check in to my hotel room?
Is it okay to drink the water and what do I need to know about food & water safety?
What are the drinking laws for alcohol in the country?
Can I use a credit card or debit card while traveling?
Many credit card companies charge foreign transaction fees. Be sure to check with your credit card company to find out if they do charge these additional fees. You might also want to find a credit card that does not charge those fees to use when traveling internationally.
It is also advisable to notify your credit card company that you will be traveling, where you will be traveling and when you will be gone. That way they know to expect charges from you that are legitimate from a different destination.
Do I need to exchange US dollars for other currency?
Bring small denominations for tipping, meals and shopping. Start saving your one and five dollar bills or visit the bank prior to your trip. This will ensure you will have lots of small dollars to tip your drivers, bellman, concierge desk, skycap, etc.
Will anyone try to sell me times share or haggle when traveling?
Are there additional fees that hotels may charge?
How do I plan for weather & pack for air travel?
If traveling with another person, pack some of each person’s clothes into each suitcase. That way, if one suitcase is delayed by the airlines, you both have clothes to get out and have a great time!
Put your name and address INSIDE your suitcase as well, just in case your name tag on your luggage gets lost.
Google the weather for your destination, so you will have a better idea of what to pack to make your travels more pleasant. If specific weather forecasts are not available, you can see averages for the month plus rainfall averages, etc. Choose clothes that can be layered, so you can add or take items off to be more comfortable. Choosing clothes items that do not wrinkle can make traveling more enjoyable.
How much medicine to I need to pack?
Be sure to include all medications. Pack medicine in your carry-on luggage and keep it with you, so if your checked luggage is delayed, you will still have your medicine with you. Also, pack a few days of extra medication than anticipated, just in case you have a flight delay so you will be covered just in case! If you have specific questions about flying with medical equipment or medicine, please call your airline carrier or visit their website for more details.
Should I copy anything before I travel?
I will be traveling with a child under the age of 18. Is there anything that I need to know or have signed?
Can I use my cell phone while on vacation?
Why use a Destination Fun Travel travel agent?
I’m on my first Sandals/Beaches vacation, what should I know? What is an SSG number?
Please call and send Destination Fun Travel your SSG number once you have that, so we can always be able to apply that towards future bookings! Don’t miss these savings! Also, when you are at the resort, the Loyalty Department is now offering additional savings, if you book while on property! These can add up quickly, so if you want to book while you are there, do so! If Destination Fun Travel has your original booking, you can super easily transfer it to us! You will just take a photo of your booking or scan it when you get home and e-mail a copy to us! We want to be sure to let you know so you can take advantage of the additional savings!
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