Law requires that any non-Mexican citizen
under the age of 18 departing Mexico must
carry notarized written permission from any
parent or guardian not traveling with the
child to or from Mexico.
This permission must include the name
of the parent, the name of the child, the name
of anyone traveling with the child, and the
notarized signature(s) of the absent parent(s).
State Department recommends that the
permission should include travel dates,
destinations, airlines and a brief summary of
the circumstances surrounding the travel.
The child must be carrying the original
letter Ė not a facsimile or scanned copy Ė
as well as proof of the parent/child
relationship (usually a birth certificate or
court document) Ė and an original custody
decree, if applicable.
Travelers should contact the Mexican
Embassy or the nearest Mexican consulate for
Destination specific fees are excluded from some
vacation prices and are
payable in cash at airport authority.
policies vary by airline. Please confirm with
your individual airline:
||New luggage restrictions - know which items are permitted and
prohibited - Click HERE
||Take photos of what you pack. In
order to provide any reimbursement for a lost
suitcase, most airlines and insurance companies
require an itemized list of exactly what was inside
it. Unfortunately, remembering everything you
packed after the fact is virtually impossible.
To avoid the headache, take pictures of the items
you're going to put in your suitcase with your digital
camera or cell phone. The photos will make
creating the list a breeze, and, in the event of a
dispute with the airline or insurance agent, you have
some visual evidence of ownership.
||Pack a few hooks. Hotel bathrooms
rarely have enough hangers and hooks for clothes and
wet towels, so I always bring a few snap-lock suction
hooks. (They work better than regular suction
hooks because they're more secure and therefore hold
heavier items.) It's always nice to have a place
to hang a bathrobe.
||Put a copy of your name, address and
phone number inside your luggage, just incase your
luggage tags are lost, along with your luggage.
||When traveling with your spouse, pack
half of his things with half of your things in each
suitcase. If one of the suitcases is lost, you
both will have some of your things.
||Keep travel numbers handy. Enter
the words "hotel", "taxi" and
"airline" on your cell-phone speed
dial. On a trip, change the numbers, but leave
the preprogrammed titles the same-instant access and
no more little slips of paper everywhere.
||Ask a concierge to print out your
boarding pass. Before you head to the airport,
stop by the front desk of your hotel or cruise ship
and see if they'll print your boarding pass for
you. It'll save Internet browsing fees and time
at check-in. In the past, it's worked for me at
several Marriott hotels and on a Celebrity cruise.
||Put your bathing suit in your carry-on.
There's nothing worse than not being able to swim
because you made it to the hotel but your luggage
didn't. If your suit is still damp for the
flight home, again, put it in your carry-on so it
won't get moldy if your bags are delayed. I also
put a set of undergarments in my carry-on when I leave
home in case my luggage gets lost.
||Accidentally reformat your camera's
memory card? As long as you don't overwrite the
disk by taking more photos, those original pictures
are still there. Buy another card to use in the
meantime, and then when you get home, either purchase
a file-recovery software program (about $35) or take
the card to a camera shop and see if they can help.
||Enjoy your coffee anywhere on the cruise
ship. Bring a travel mug for early-morning
coffee fill-ups at the buffet. Your coffee stays
warm, and travels well around the ship-the mug is
specifically designed to stop spillage-and you don't
have to linger in the restaurant after you've finished
eating breakfast. When you return to your room
or your favorite deck chair, you'll have a fresh cup.
||Luggage stickers make terrific lint
removers. I unpacked a pair of black slacks
recently and saw that they were covered with white
fuzz. I didn't have a lint brush handy, so I
used the luggage sticker from my bag-the gummy side
took the lint right off.
||Don't rush off the car-rental lot.
Before driving away-especially in foreign countries
where the controls might be unfamiliar-test the
headlights and brakes, and look for the extra tire and
changing tools. I once had a rental with
malfunctioning brakes in Mexico and caused a minor
accident-one that could have been avoided had I
checked them properly before leaving the lot.
||Buy multiple memory cards for your
digital camera. In one large-capacity memory
card, consider purchasing two smaller ones for the
same price. That way, if your camera is stolen,
you won't lose all your pictures.
needlessly display guest room keys in public or
carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the
swimming pool, or other places where they can be
to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any
connecting room doors are locked.
* Courtesy of Budget
Contact: Vanessa Welter, bvk
PR for DR Ministry of Tourism
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (DR) MINISTRY OF
TOURISM REASSURES VISITORS
Punta Cana, La Romana, SamanŠ, Puerto Plata
and other cities are receiving tourists
SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 20,
Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism
assures visitors that all of its cities,
tourism and resort areas are conducting normal
business operations. Also, the DR government,
consulates and embassies are working
diligently with the international community on
Haiti earthquake relief. Millions of
Dominicans have donated time, money, supplies
and expertise to help Haiti in these critical
hours of need.
All of the tourist areas, hotels, resorts,
airports and seaports are open and receiving
visitors. The DR experienced no damage from
the quake or its aftershocks. Major
tourism regions Punta Cana and La Romana on
the East Coast, as well as SamanŠ and Puerto
Plata along the North Coast are welcoming
winter season tourists from all over the
southern region of the DR has been a stable
staging area for the Haiti relief effort and a
reliable alternative route into Haiti. Three key
airports and a roadway in the DRís southern
region are being used to receive
international relief supplies through mostly
rural areas of the
DR not frequented by visitors. The DR
government has stationed military, police and
immigration officials along the DR border
reinforcing relief efforts to help Haiti. The
DR has strong border control permitting only
crossings for humanitarian reasons, while also
sending critical supplies, equipment, medical
experts and millions of dollars for food and
relief kitchens directly to Port-au-Prince.The
DR shares the eastern third of the Island of
Hispaniola with Haiti. Punta Cana, the major
global tourism destination in the DR is
located approximately 400 miles (633
kilometers) east of Haitiís capital, or a
10-12 hour drive, with numerous mountain
ranges separating the two countries.DR
All of the DRís eight international airports are open and receiving
commercial flights. All flights in/out of the
DR are running smoothly.
All of the DRís cruise terminals, seaports and marinas are open,
operating effectively and receiving visitors.
All of the DRís beaches, hotels, resorts and tourism businesses are
conducting normal business operations.
The DR is providing some space at strategically located key airports
however this is not disrupting commercial
The DR has strong border control with military, police, medical and
international aid officials helping Haitians.
The DRís security, health, communication and transportation systems are
all operating normally and effectively.
information on the Dominican Republic, Punta
Cana, La Romana, SamanŠ and Puerto Plata,
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