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We are pleased you have allowed us the privilege of assisting in your travel plans.
Since Carlson Wagonlit Travel wants to ensure you a hassle free vacation, we would like you to note a few important facts regarding your trip.

Proper Identification when entering a foreign country.
If you go get a Passport right now you can stop reading the rest of this.
We have in the office the application and procedure of what to do.
Or go to these sites for more information.
Passport & Visa
Passport Information *** http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html
Visa Information *** http://travel.state.gov/visa_services.html
Foreign Entry Requirements *** http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
Entry Requirements for Passports and Visas for Foreign Countries *** http://www.americanpassport.com/ForeignEntryRequirements.html

For more information go to National & International Information *** http://www.vacationshop.com/interests/international.htm

If a child is traveling with one parent or traveling with someone other than their legal parent they will need an "Affidavit of Permission from Parent for Minor to Travel with Other Parent or Escort" notarized by the parent NOT traveling. We have these forms in the office.
You could be subjected to a brief and informal baggage inspection when entering most foreign countries. What is not legal in the United States would definitely not be legal to bring into any foreign country. The authorities will not be as lenient as our authorities are.

(Important, If you do not read anything else Please read this)

Caribbean
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Most countries do not need a visa, check with your travel agent.
If a child is traveling with one parent or traveling with someone other than their legal parent they will need an "Affidavit of Permission from Parent for Minor to Travel with Other Parent or Escort" notarized by the parent NOT traveling. We have these forms in the office.
You could be subjected to a brief and informal baggage inspection when entering a Caribbean country. The authorities will not be as lenient as our authorities are.

Mexico
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.

If a child is traveling with one parent or traveling with someone other than their legal parent they will need an "Affidavit of Permission from Parent for Minor to Travel with Other Parent or Escort" notarized by the parent NOT traveling. We have these forms in the office.
You could be subjected to a brief and informal baggage inspection when entering Mexico. What is not legal in the United States would definitely not be legal to bring into Mexico. The authorities will not be as lenient as our authorities are.

Canada
I know, I know you don't need anything to go into Canada.
Well you are wrong. You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
As of June 1, 2009, everyone from every country arriving in Canada by air, land and sea has needed a passport or equivalent travel document.
Exception is the NEXUS card which gives U.S. and Canadian citizens pre-approval when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry. The NEXUS Card satisfies Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements; it proves identity and citizenship and thereby acts as a substitute for a passport for entry into Canada for U.S. citizens (and vice versa).
A good site to get more information. Americans Traveling to Canada
www.consular.canada.usembassy.gov/travel_to_canada.asp
There are two other
Traveling with Children
Due to international concern over child abduction, children traveling with one parent, grandparents or other guardians should carry proof of custody or letters from the non-accompanying parent/s authorizing travel. (This is in addition to proof of the child's citizenship.) Travelers without such documentation may experience delays when seeking admission to another country.
Any person under the age of 18 and traveling alone should carry a letter from his/her parent or guardian authorizing the trip. Travelers without such documentation may experience delays at the Port of Entry.
Drunk Driving or other Criminal Record.
Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S.
Note: A standard driver's license is not sufficient.

Citizens of other countries
Non-U.S. citizens permanently or temporarily residing in the United States must have:
Alien Registration Card (I-551, or I-688 bearing proper endorsement on the reverse)
All citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada not bearing an Alien Registration Card must have:
Passport, and citizens of many countries must also have one of the following:
Visa (Visa requirements vary, depending on the country of origin. For specific requirements applying to your situation, contact the nearest Canadian consulate or United Sates Bureau of Customs.)
U.S. Employment Authorization Card showing 210 as a section of law.
Canadian Form IMM 1000>

Passengers Under 18 Years Old
Passengers under 18 years old and not accompanied by an adult must also carry a letter from their parent or guardian giving permission to enter Canada.

Western Europe
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Most countries do not need a visa, check with your travel agent.

Eastern Europe
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Most countries will require a visa, check with your travel agent.

Middle East
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Most countries will require a visa, check with your travel agent.

Asia & South East Asia
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Most countries will require a visa, check with your travel agent.

Central & South America
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Some countries will require a visa, check with your travel agent.

Africa
You will need a Passport that will not expire within 6 months.
Some countries will require a visa, check with your travel agent.

Now for some other Information that will help you on your Trip

Confirm your flight
Flight times are tentative and subject to change, please reconfirm all flights 24 hours prior to departure, remember to call on your return flight also.
You can call us or call the airline. We should have the airlines phone number on your itinerary.

Check-in
We recommend that you check in Two (2) hours before departure. This is minimum for an international flight. You will have to show your Identification at the front desk and not at the gate.
Do not try to check in at the gate
Please check your baggage through to your final destination of the day.
Look at the air tag to make sure it is to your destination.
Do to increase security photo I.D. will be required at check-in along with your Passport or other formal papers.

Baggage
Two pieces per person may be checked, neither bag may exceed 62 inches (total linear dimensions) in size or 70 pounds in weight. One piece, which must fit under the seat in front of you, may be carried on. The dimensions are a total of 45 inches. Add together the - height - width - depth. These measurements added together cannot total over 45 inches.
Bags can be checked through to your final destination of the day.

Flights
Your itinerary reflects the time difference and should indicate if meals are served. The airline will usually serve a meal, coffee and soft drinks. Long walks are not recommended.

Time Zones
Your Itinerary will show the departure and arrival times as of the location you leave from or arrive at. The airline will tell you the local time.
Please set your time piece then.

Currency
You may want to buy some currency before you leave so you will have money for tips, taxis, emergency items you may need when you first arrive

Staying Healthy
Remember, the vast majority of visitors don't get sick. When there is a problem (intestinal illness) it is often caused by a combination of factors which may gang up on your system. Consider the fact that when traveling your eating (and drinking!) habits are often radically different than what your are used to back home. There are also altitude, climate, and time zone changes to throw your system off.
A very simple way to ruin a vacation is to become paranoid about getting sick. Use common sense, and follow these guidelines:
Always wash your hands before eating
Eat from open air food stands with discretion
Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids don't become dehydrated!
Drink bottled water
Take pepto bismos, yogurt or papaya enzyme tablets throughout your stay
Take it slow the first few days
Take time for a rest period each afternoon, your on vacation.

Heading back home

We recommend that you check-in about Two (2) hours before your flight departs. Prior to check-in, all baggage will go thorough inspection. Baggage should then be checked through to your final destination of the day.
Remember to reconfirm your flight 72 hours prior to leaving.
You will clear customs in the United States, usually in your first U. S. City you land at. The procedure is that you will get off the plane with everyone and proceed to baggage claim. You will pickup your bags and take them through customs. After you have cleared customs you will be directed to a baggage turnstile where you will put your bags back on and they will be put onto your next plane. Hopefully you will see them at your last destinations baggage claim area.

Ten things not to forget
1. You are in a foreign country.
2. Behave like a guest, and you will be treated like one.
3. The country you are in may not be perfect, nor is it for everyone.
4. Always re-confirm your air travel arrangements.
5. Whenever possible, speak their language. Your hosts will love you for trying
6. Most foreigners are wonderfully friendly people, get out and make some friend's.
7. Learn something about each country and its fascinating history before you go.
8. Don't expect everything to be like it is back home, that's what makes traveling such a captivating experiencing.
9. Be sensitive to their culture and heritage.
10. See more than just the same old tourist spots, be adventuress, but do still see the tourist spots also.

Packing and Travel Hints
Don't forget to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes
A pocket size foreign dictionary
A travel guide book
A small first aid kit
Camera and film (film is very expensive out of the U.S.)
An adaptor for Small appliances, such as a hair dryer, Note: most european electrical current is 220 volts AC. Mexico and Canada are the same as the U.S.
Keep your travel documents and much of your cash and or travelers checks in a safe place.

Tipping
How much extra to leave with your waiter, taxi driver and others? Practices vary by country.
Australia, New Zealand
Round up taxi fares and restaurant bills to nearest dollar.
Austria
Service charges generally included in bill.
Czech Republic
Round bill up to nearest koruna.
China
Tipping is illegal. But a small gift might be appropriate if someone goes out of the way to help.
France and Germany
Service charge generally applied, but it is customary to add 5% extra.
Hong Kong
10% customary in most situations, even when 10% service charge has already been imposed.
Hungary
10% is customary.
Israel
Tipping not expected. Restaurants, hotels add statutory 10% service charge.
Italy
Leave 10%, even when service charge is already levied.
Japan
It is not customary to tip and may even offend.
South Korea
Tipping not necessary.
Mexico
Allow for an extra 10%-15%. Service charges are not usually applied.
Spain
Offer 10%-15% even when service charges are added.
Britain and Ireland
12.5% service charge often included in restaurant bills; if not, figure it into the total. Bartenders usually not tipped. For other servers, tip what you would at home.

In general, tip those service people (hotel maids, bellhops, waiters) that you normally would when traveling elsewhere.

Weights and Measures
Most countries operates on the metric system. that means kilos for pounds, Celsius/centigrade for Fahrenheit, and kilometers for miles.
1 Kilo = 2.2046 Pounds
1 Kilometer = .62 Miles
1 Liter (liquid) = 1.057 Quarts

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Things that don't work out the way you wanted to will be the things you remember the most so go with the flow and just enjoy your trip.




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