Bahamas Travel Advisory
Apple Vacations recommends that you visit the U.S. Department of States’ website, which includes important information on foreign travel. You may also visit the Bahamas official website.
The Zika Virus warning has recently been removed in Caribbean territories. The Zika Virus has been undectable in the past 12 months, posing little risk to Caribbean travelers.
Caribbean Public Health Agency
Dominican Republic Airport Security Update
As of June 30, 2018, food, drink, coffee and spices must be packed in checked luggage when departing the Dominican Republic. In addition, medication is not permitted to be carried on an aircraft without a written prescription or a valid doctor note. Items purchased at the airport, once through security, are permitted to carry on the aircraft. See below for a full list of items required to be packed in checked luggage and not permitted to go through airport security:
Sharp Object Restrictions:
- Cuticle clippers
- Sewing kits
- Eyelash curler
- Box cutter
- Metal files
- Cork screw
- Multipurpose tools
- Cattle instruments
- Ice picks
- Alcohol (Only alcoholic beverages containing more than 24% but less than 70% in volume of alcohol in containers that do not exceed 5 liters with a net total amount per person of 5 liters of said beverages may be transported in checked baggage. Alcoholic beverages containing less than 24% by volume of alcohol are not subject to any safety restrictions.)
- Shaving cream/gel
- Hair gel
- All other gels
- Liquid soap
- Contact solution
- Metal cleaner
- Foam products
- Medication (must have a valid dr note or prescription)
- Powder milk
Air passengers may carry on any liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes provided they are in a container of up to 3.4 oz./100ml, and all such containers must fit into a clear 1-quart resealable bag.
Exemptions: Medications and infant and child nourishments.
Medications: Inform the TSA officer that you have medically necessary liquids and/or medications and separate them from other belongings before screening begins. Also declare accessories associated with your liquid medication such as freezer packs, IV bags, pumps and syringes. Labeling these items can help facilitate the screening process.
Infant and child needs: For the purposes of our screening procedures, an infant is defined as a child who must be physically carried by an adult throughout the screening process. A toddler is defined as a child who receives assistance in walking by an adult throughout the screening process.
Notify the TSA Officer: Formula, breast milk and juice for infants or toddlers are permitted in reasonable quantities through the security checkpoint. Remove these items from your carry-on bag to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings.
Inform the TSA officer at the beginning of the screening process that you carry formula, breast milk and juice in excess of 3.4 ounces in your carry-on bag. These liquids are typically screened by X-ray.
Nicaragua Travel Advisory
Apple Vacations is always monitoring the latest news and events of all its destinations to ensure the utmost safety and security of our customers. Due to an increased travel advisory in Nicaragua, the U.S. Embassy is asking citizens to reconsider travel to this destination. In response, Apple Vacations temporarily will not be offering packages to Nicaragua (MGA) for travel through 08/31/18. We have been and continue to be in frequent contact with our partners in the area to ensure the utmost security and safety of our customers. We appreciate and encourage you to call us anytime at 1-800-915-2322 with any additional questions. You may also visit the Nicaragua Travel Advisory Page.
Mexico Travel Advisory
Apple Vacations recommends that you visit the U.S. Department of States’ website http://travel.state.gov/, which includes important information on foreign travel. Use common sense while vacationing abroad.You may also visit the Mexico Travel Advisory page.
National Press Release
Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.
TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.
Ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from commercial air transportation, effective on October 15, 2016 at noon Eastern Time. Passengers may not travel with this device in any form, whether on their person, in a carry-on bag, in a checked bag or shipped as cargo on any flights to, from or within the United States. The DOT has provided additional information about the ban on their website. If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
Hazardous Materials Restrictions
The FAA has issued "Hazardous Materials Restrictions" effective as of Jan. 1, 2015 - Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Special restrictions and limitations for transporting Hazardous Materials and specifically Lithium Ion batteries, refer to FAA - Pack Safe to learn more. for more information. In the event a carry-on bag cannot be accommodated in the passenger cabin and has to be placed below in a cargo bin for any reason, any electronic device or spare Lithium-ion or any other type of battery permitted in carry-on baggage MUST be removed from the carry-on bag and remain in the possession of the passenger in the passenger cabin. For further information contact your airline representative.
Important New Passport Laws: What You Need to Know
Beach Lovers, if you haven’t had your passport renewed since 2006 or 2007, now’s the time to do so. Why? Because your passport is only good for ten years. Citizens entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda carry a passport.
Some countries require that your passport must be valid for more than six months before you can enter. While there are more countries around the world that require this, the beach in our sun ‘n sand universe to which this rule applies is Nicaragua. Good to know, right?
The Effect on You. The Passport Bureau has experienced a big uptick in applications. We’re talking millions. If you’re planning a beach escape, you don’t want to delay in renewing your passport as it can take up to six weeks.
Flight Delay Information
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