Suspension of Turkish Visas for American Travelers

A recent diplomatic spat between Turkey and the US has resulted in both countries suspending the issuance of visas for travelers to their respective countries. The tit-for-tat actions have been going on for months and have recently escalated when an employee of the American consulate in Istanbul, who is a Turkish citizen, was arrested. That caused the US missions in Turkey to announce they would be scaling back visa services to Turkish citizens due to security concerns. This was followed by ...

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Cuba Travel Warning – Questions and Answers

The Trump administration’s travel warning for Cuba has left many people with questions about traveling to the island nation. Travel to Cuba is still allowed, and no travelers have suffered what has happened to several American diplomats in Havana. The attacks, causing hearing loss, vertigo, nausea, and other symptoms, seem to have been targeted only at American and a few Canadian diplomats. They do not appear to be random, nor have they affected anyone else. If you have plans to ...

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A word from Emirates Airlines on the new electronics ban

Emirates customers traveling to the US via Dubai will be able to utilize their laptops and tablet devices on the first part of their journeys, and also during transit in Dubai. They must then declare and hand over their laptops, tablets, and other banned electronic devices to security staff at the gate just before boarding their US-bound flight. The devices will be carefully packed into boxes, loaded into the aircraft hold, and returned to the customer at their Emirates US ...

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Customs & Immigration Made Easy

mp_icon-ai_One of the least appealing parts of travel is the line at Customs and Immigration on your return. Well here is something that should make that process a lot easier and go faster – much faster: Mobile Passport Control (MPC), the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the United States.

Linda, our SCM Missions coordinator, recently returned from abroad ...

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Suddenly Considering Travel Insurance? You’re Not Alone.

Below is a recent article about travel insurance in the New York Times. To read the entire article, please click on the image. One of the best takeaways from the article is to read the fine print of any insurance policy carefully. Many things that you might think would be eligible for a claim are very narrowly defined. Also, calling and speaking to a person about making a claim is really helpful, too, and it’s possible that on occasion ...

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More on flights to Cuba from the US

Alaska Airlines recently posted they have been tentatively approved for flights from Los Angeles to Havana that could start this fall.

Our daily nonstop service will originate in Seattle, with same-plane service to Los Angeles and Havana on our Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.

Although you can book your airline tickets and fly directly from the US to Cuba, there are still restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba. You have to be on an approved “people to people educational/cultural exchange tour in order ...

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“Experts” Waste Over Four Hours Playing Travel Agent

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A note from Caravan-Serai’s President

Our office gets calls regularly about the safety of traveling to the regions that we service.  This is not something new to Caravan-Serai staff.  I would say that probably every week someone in this office gets an email or a phone call asking whether it’s safe to go to Jordan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt etc.  Most of the people calling and asking these questions are people that have never been to the region or their families are scaring them from going ...

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Travel to Iran: A New Beginning

DAVID COGSWELL | JULY 29, 2015 12:30 PM ET

Now that the U.S. government has completed a nuclear treaty with Iran, many Americans are evolving their attitudes towards Iran. There is still plenty of thawing of icy relations needed and a September yay-or-nay vote by Congress looms with much political rhetoric to overcome.

Click here to go to the full article:

http://www.travelpulse.com/opinions/column/travel-to-iran-a-new-beginning.html

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