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After much fanfare, confusion and miscommunication the Egyptian government has decided to scrap their plan of raising the Single Visa On Arrival Fee To US$60 which was announced previously.

The fee will remain at the previous level of US$25 for a single entry Visa on Arrival while a 6 Months Multiple Entry Visa will cost US$60. [click to continue…]

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The UK Government has announced it will join the U.S. in imposing security regulations on a dozen of destinations in the Middle East and North Africa, effectively banning laptops and large electronic devices.

Meanwhile the U.S. Government has reached out to Canada where officials are presently deliberating whether to join in on this action and in what form. [click to continue…]

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U.S. authorities are in preparation of implementing a complete ban of electronic devices larger than average cell phones inside aircraft cabins of the flight originates in roughly a dozen countries.

One of the airlines (countries) affected already spilled the beans via Twitter: Royal Jordanian Airlines published a notice to their passengers to prepare themselves that computers etc have to be checked in. [click to continue…]

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One of the hardest choices for every frequent traveler and member of loyalty programs is when to use their cherished currency and cash in the points for a free hotel night or flight.

While the average traveler redeems randomly whenever he sees opportunity, those who look after their points with eagle eyes watch out for the best value possible which is usually during high season. [click to continue…]

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The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) just introduced fresh legislation further strengthening the right of air travelers in the country and continuing to ban fuel surcharges (YQ/YR).

Previously these surcharges were already banned by law and airlines are not allowed to charge these frivolous fees to their customers  while at the same time domestic passenger rights improved too. [click to continue…]

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It appears there are more social media groups, postings and website articles than ever before where people complain about fellow travelers sloppy dress style, bad travel habits and bare feet in the skies.

Is this a sign of people reaching the peak of their patience while putting up with the at time disgusting behavior and antics of others around them while flying from point A to point B? [click to continue…]

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Singapore Changi Airport will likely complete construction and open the new Terminal 4 at the end of the year and according to news reports will feature full Biometric Data Collection facilities at immigration.

Currently Singapore only collects fingerprints from people during entry/exit and even that just got introduced fairly recently (and has also slowed down the immigration process significantly). [click to continue…]

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There are often posts on Facebook about “gate lice” (people who are ready to board and standing by the gate very early – often non-elite members that would board the very last) and many US airlines now have several boarding groups with appropriate signs to get people line up and the boarding process sped up.

Do You Board First Or Last (Or Somewhere in Between)

Personally, I have never understood why people prefer to wait by the gate when the boarding begins rather than being in the lounge and arriving to the gate just before the gate closes. [click to continue…]

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New U.S. policies in regards to Immigration and border protection have stirred controversy and several governments whose countries host U.S. Customs Pre-Clearance facilities are now taking issue with it.

Pre-Clearance facilities allow passengers to be processed by customs and border protection on foreign soil and depart from a secured area of the airport, then arriving in the U.S. like a domestic flight. [click to continue…]

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FlightStats publishes the best/worst performing airlines based on on-time departures on an annual basis and they just came up with their list for 2016 that come with a few surprises.

The worst performers actually stem from Asia and the Middle East including carriers that actually have a good reputation as far as their brand is concerned. [click to continue…]

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If you are planning to visit the country of Belarus at some point in the future, then your plan to visit the previously hard to access country just got a whole lot easier.

The Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that a total of Eighty countries will be eligible for Visa waivers when visiting the secretive country from mid-February onward. [click to continue…]

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As I had my birthday last week, I was positively surprised that quite a few loyalty programs and individual hotels sent an (automated) email acknowledging their customers on their special day of the year.

While very easy for loyalty programs to handle as long as you entered the correct data into your profile it requires more attention from hotels to upkeep a current database of their customers credentials. [click to continue…]