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October 20, 2016

 

Here is the basic information every traveller needs to have on-hand before and during a trip to a foreign land.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

 

Passengers are solely responsible for ensuring that they hold all valid travel documents (passports, visas, e-visa, etc.) and comply with the entry, exit, transit or other requirements of the countries they are travelling to. Passengers may be refused entry into a country if they do not have the required or valid travel documents.

 

Most airlines and check-in agents will not be liable in any way for any consequences arising out of your not having the required or valid travel documents.

 

To find out important travel information or regulations applicable, indicate your origin of travel and destination.

NOTE: Some countries require the passenger cabin of an aircraft to be treated with insecticides prior to any flight entering those countries. Please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation's website for further information and a list of countries that require disinsection:  Details Here

 

CHECK YOUR PASSPORT IS VALID

 

Look after your passport. Check it every time BEFORE you travel. Your passport is the second most important thing, after your ticket. If your passport is damaged or close to expiring you may not be allowed to enter some countries.

The expiry date is clearly shown on the photo page inside the front of your passport.

Many countries require you to hold a passport that will be valid for at least 6 months into the future from the date you seek to enter their border. Some countries require that your passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for three to six months after your entry or return from their country. This means you have to check your passport expiration date carefully. For example, if your passport expires on March 1, 2007, and you want to travel this coming November, you may need to renew your passport before you go.

Some countries count their expiration windows from date of entry into their country, others from scheduled departure, so be sure to ask.

 

You should check with the Embassy or Diplomatic office of any country you are visiting to make sure you meet all of their requirements for entry.

 

HOW EARLY SHOULD I ARRIVE OR CHECK-IN?

 

Departing passengers used to be advised to be at the airport two hours before the flight. Due to additional security screening measures, however, it is best to be at the airport three hours before the flight especially if the flight falls within the peak hours of the terminal.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE ADVICE TO GET ME THROUGH SECURITY AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE?

 

Pack all liquids into checked-in luggage. This will ensure a smooth journey through passenger security screening areas. If it is necessary for you to have liquids and gels in your carry-on luggage.

 

 

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TRAVEL ADVICE FOR AUSTRALIA

 

Exceptions to Checked Baggage Allowance:

 

Occupational health safety rules restrict the weight limit of your checked bag if you are travelling to/from the countries listed below. Please pack your bags within these weight limits. Kindly note that you will have to pay a surcharge for baggage in excess of the 20kg or 30kg allowances which apply to Economy Class and Raffles Class passengers respectively.

 

Countries with weight limit of 32kg per piece

  • Australia

  • Brunei

  • New Zealand

  • South Africa

  • Sri Lanka

  • United Arab Emirates

  • United Kingdom

 

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR THE MALDIVES

 

IMPORTATION OF LIQUOR, PORK AND PORK PRODUCTS BY PASSENGERS

The importation of liquor, pork and pork products into the Maldives is prohibited, unless a prior permit for importation is obtained from the Republic of Maldives Ministry of Economic Development.

The Maldives Customs Service will confiscate and dispose all such restricted items imported by passengers without the permit from the Ministry of Economic Development.

 

 

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

 

All arriving passengers are required to complete a Customs Declaration for (BD Form 117) given on board the carrying aircraft.  If traveling as one family, one declaration is sufficient.

Arriving passengers are required to declare all articles purchased or acquired abroad, indicating the quantity and its total acquisition price.  If unsure of what to declare, please consult any Customs Officer on duty.

 

 

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR THAILAND

 

VISA-ON-ARRIVAL

All Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) passengers to Thailand from these 19 countries; Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Estonia, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Maldives, Mauritius, Poland, Slovenia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Ukraine, must ensure that the following conditions and requirements are in order

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Conditions and requirements for issuing a Visa-On-Arrival for the above 19 nationalities:

  • Validity of passport should not be less than 6 months

  • Holding a confirmed return ticket within 15 days

  • Travel on tourist purpose only

  • Holding a definite address in Thailand

  • Holding 2 photographs taken less than 6 months from arrival date

  • Not excluded from entering into the Kingdom under Section 12 of Immigration Act B.E.2522

  • Holding appropriate sufficient funds of THB10,000 per passenger and/or THB20,000 per family

  • Application fee of THB1,000 per passenger

Please note the following:

  • Each passenger must have 2 recent (within 6 months) photographs before boarding the first flight at the point of origin. There are no photo-taking services available at the Immigration Halls of Chiang Mai and Phuket International Airports

  • There are no photo taking services available at Singapore Changi Airport Departure (Check-In) area for passengers with stopover in Singapore

  • There are no Currency Exchange or auto-teller (ATM) facilities available at all Thailand Immigration Arrival Halls. Passengers must have sufficient funds in Thai Baht (THB) before boarding at point of origin or in Singapore

  • Failure to comply with any of the requirements above, Thailand Immigration will refuse entry and the passenger will be deported immediately

The penalty for any lapse is THB10,000 per passenger and the airline reserves the right to refuse carriage if the above conditions and requirements are not met. Compliance is mandatory to avoid any inconvenience and disruption to your travel plans.

 

FUTURE TOPICS:

  • What to Expect at the Airport

  • Packing Tips

  • Safety and Health

  • Money and Insurance

 

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