Travel advice For Beginners: a guide to Airports, documents & flying
There are numerous things to believe about when planning to go on a trip. It may noise simple sufficient – book a flight, go to the airport, as well as take off. But, there can be many documents required, security checks to do, as well as things to believe about – both before arriving at the airport, as well as during the check-in process.
In this guide for novices I’m going to share my advice on the logistics of figuring out precisely what documents are required in order to take a flight, as well as what you do when you’re actually at the airport. We’ve been at this for almost 8 years, so I have some understanding to pass your method ?
Passport Validity as well as Requirements
Always make sure that your passport has sufficient blank pages left in it for the duration of your trip. even though more as well as more countries are enabling electronic visas, some countries need you to purchase a full-page visa sticker, while others just provide you a little stamp on entry. Thankfully, there are numerous visa free countries to select from as well.
Have at least 3 blank pages left in your passport when going on a short trip, as well as 6 when going on a longer one.
A visa stamp in a passport for the Philippines
Another important thing is to make sure that you have the needed amount of time left on your passport before its expiry date. All countries have rules as well as regulations regarding this.
For example, if you are boarding a flight with a passport from Canada, the united states of America, or the UK, and are flying to France, then you are needed to present a passport that is be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from the Schengen area. This is France’s law, other countries may have different regulations – always check.
For travel to France:
From the Canadian government travel site – Travel.gc.ca: “Canadians are needed to present a passport that must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from the Schengen area.”
From the united states government travel site – Travel.state.gov: “PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must be valid for at least three months beyond your organized date of departure from the Schengen area.”
From the united kingdom government travel site – Gov.uk: “Your passport should be valid for the suggested duration of your stay; you don’t requirement any type of extra period of validity on your passport beyond this”.
So, as a Canadian or American, if you are planning on staying in France for 3 months, you must likewise have one more 3 months offered before your passport expires, for a overall of 6 months.
This stipulation is strictly enforced, as well as if you don’t have ample time left before your passport expires, you will be rejected boarding your flight (we discovered this the difficult way).
These days, whatever is done electronically, so you don’t really requirement to print out your booking itinerary. You can just show up at the airline check-in desk as well as hand them your passport, as well as they will look you up on their computer.
Many airlines as well as countries need that you show proof of a return (or exit) flight out of the country you plan on travelling to. Otherwise, you may be rejected boarding.
One such example is Thailand.
From the Canadian government travel site – Travel.gc.ca: “Immigration officials can need visitors who are entering without acquiring a visa in advance to show a return or onward ticket”.
From the united states government travel site – Travel.state.gov: “Thai immigration officials may request your onward/return ticket, as well as airlines may request this info when you book or inspect in”. (A further note is that for U.S. passport holders must have a passport valid for 6 months after the date of entry into Thailand).
From the united kingdom government travel site – Gov.uk: “Immigration officials in Thailand may ask you for proof of onward travel. Some airlines have refused to board passengers without evidence of onward travel”.
As you can see, if you are planning on travelling to Thailand, you will need to show proof that you plan on really leaving Thailand – even though you may never want to!
Maybe you plan on leaving by method of bus to neighbouring Cambodia, but aren’t sure which date you want to leave, so you plan to book a last-minute bus when you are actually in Thailand.
This doesn’t satisfy the regulations. Λοιπόν τι κάνεις?
You can book a flightwith an airline or booking service that has free cancellation (Expedia has free cancellation for 24 hours). book the flight, have the confirmation emailed to yourself as well as / or printed out, as well as then cancel the flight after you have got the confirmation as well as documentation.
Just make sure that the flight you are booking out of Thailand departs Thailand within 30 days after landing in the country! immigration officials won’t accept return flights if they are beyond your maximum stay (in Thailand this is 30 days).
If you don’t want to book as well as cancel a flight, just head into a travel agent as well as have them print you off an itinerary.
You don’t want to be rejected boarding as well as have to sleep in the airport!
*Note: This occurred to us when we were trying to fly from Vancouver to Bangkok on our very first backpacking trip. Korean Air wouldn’t let us board the flight. In a panic, we bought a inexpensive AirAsia flight from Thailand to Cambodia for a couple hundred dollars. These days, however, we just book a flight as well as then cancel it, as explained above, or print out an itinerary without really booking a flight.
It’s great method to always travel with insurance, however in some cases, it’s obligatory to show proof of a policy before entering the country.
A prime example of this is when travelling to Cuba. If you don’t have insurance, you will be required to purchase this at the flight terminal when you show up – which costs around $5 / day, as well as you may not understand precisely what you’re getting with your policy.
Purchase an insurance coverage policy ahead of time to prevent this uncertainty.
These days, there are baggage charges popping up everywhere. If you are able to travel with just a carry-on bag, you will be able to prevent the just recently added luggage charges charged by many airlines.
Except for Southwest as well as JetBlue, all other major carriers in the united states fee for every inspected bag. The rates begin at $20 / bag as well as go upwards (usually $25).
On the budget plan airlines such as Ryan Air, simple Jet, Air Asia, Norwegian Airlines, as well as IndiGo (to name a few), no free baggage is offered. Norwegian really charges $53 / inspected bag (!).
Outside of the USA, many other major airlines still offer free inspected baggage… for now.
Often you can pay for your bags when booking your flight online. other times, they will need you to pay for your baggage at the check-in counter. Make sure to have the correct amount of cash with you, as well as / or your credit history card.
On one more note, you will have to pay additional if you go over the weight allowance! always inspect your airline’s baggage terms as well as conditions before setting off. You can even pick up a handheld scale for your bag to inspect its weight before arriving at the airport.
Checking-in, Customs as well as Immigration
Airports can be overwhelming – particularly the major worldwide ones. enable yourself great deals of additional time to figure out where you requirement to be to ensure that you don’t miss your flight. We always show up at the flight terminal 3 hours before our flight departure time (unless it’s a little airport).
When you very first show up at the airport, have a look at the large ‘Departure as well as Arrival’ screen that you’ll discover in numerous areas around the airport. This will show all of the flights that are departing as well as arriving, both currently, as well as within the next few hours.
Once you discover your flight number on the huge screen, look for the check-in counter number (or letter), in addition to your entrance number. Head to the check-in counter very first in order to get your boarding pass for the flight, as well as to decrease off your bags.
If you don’t see your flight on the screen, don’t panic. frequently they don’t listing the flight up until 2 hours before departure. look around for the counter of the airline that you’re flying with as well as ask them when you can inspect in.
Once at the open counter, the airline attendant will evaluate your luggage, scan your passport as well as provide you your boarding pass.
If you have a linking flight, always verify with the attendant that your luggage will be inspected with to your final destination. feel free to ask as many concerns as you requirement – you want to feel comfortable as well as specific about what’s happening with your belongings!Μόλις πετάξετε τις τσάντες σας καθώς και την επιβίβαση σας, μπορείτε να κάνετε τη μέθοδο σας στην ασφάλεια. Θα πρέπει να βάλετε τις τσάντες μεταφοράς σας με μια ζώνη μεταφοράς για να σαρωθεί και θα πρέπει να περπατήσετε με σαρωτή ασφαλείας επίσης.
Από την άλλη πλευρά του ελέγχου ασφαλείας, συλλέξτε την τσάντα σας καθώς και τα υπάρχοντά σας καθώς και να κάνετε τη μέθοδο σας στην πύλη σας. Ο αριθμός εισόδου παρατίθεται στην επιβίβαση σας, καθώς και στις οθόνες που ανακαλύφθηκαν γύρω από το αεροδρόμιο. Όταν έχετε ανακαλύψει την πύλη σας, το μόνο που έχει ανατεθεί είναι να περιμένετε στη δήλωση για να επιβιβαστείτε στην πτήση σας!
*ΣΗΜΕΙΩΣΗ: Προτείνω να έχετε ένα πλαστικό φάκελο / μανίκι κάποιου είδους για να κρατήσετε το διαβατήριό σας, την επιβίβαση, το δρομολόγιο πτήσης (εάν τυπωθεί), καθώς και τα στυλό για την πλήρωση των τελωνείων καθώς και για τη μετανάστευση (αυτό γίνεται γενικά στο αεροπλάνο πριν φτάσετε στον προορισμό σας). Αυτό είναι ένα χρήσιμο προϊόν για να διατηρηθεί ό, τι οργανωμένο στις χαοτικές ημέρες ταξιδιού.
Μια γρήγορη περίληψη:
Βεβαιωθείτε ότι έχετε τουλάχιστον 3 σελίδες καθώς και 6 μήνες στο διαβατήριό σας
Πάντα να έχετε μια πτήση / επιστροφή (ή τουλάχιστον ένα δρομολόγιο εκτύπωσης) πριν από την πτήση
Αποκτήστε μεγάλη ασφαλιστική κάλυψη ταξιδιού πριν πάτε
Κρατήστε το φως των αποσκευών σας καθώς και να είστε έτοιμοι να πληρώσετε 25 $ για επιθεωρούμενες αποσκευές
Τάξη λειτουργιών: Επιθεωρήστε, επιθεωρήστε την τσάντα σας, πηγαίνετε με ασφάλεια, κατευθυνθείτε προς την πύλη,
Κρατήστε τα πράγματα σας οργανωμένα
Ετοιμος να φύγω?
Υπάρχουν πολλά πράγματα που πρέπει να πιστέψουμε όταν σχεδιάζετε καθώς και να ετοιμάζεστε για ένα ταξίδι, ωστόσο το πιο σημαντικό στοιχείο είναι σίγουρα να φροντίζετε να έχετε τα χαρτιά σας καθώς και τα έγγραφα σας … ότι, καθώς και να μην χάσετε την πτήση σας!
Ας ελπίσουμε ότι αυτό το άρθρο βοήθησε την απάντηση μερικές από τις ερωτήσεις καθώς και τις ανησυχίες που μπορεί να είχατε σχετικά με τα έγγραφα που απαιτούνται, καθώς και τι να περιμένετε στο αεροδρόμιο.
Για πιο χρήσιμα άρθρα σχετικά με τον προγραμματισμό ταξιδιού, επιθεωρήστε την ενότητα “Ξεκινώντας.
Όπως αυτή η ανάρτηση; Κάντε το!
Αποποίηση ευθυνών: Οι κατσίκες στο δρόμο είναι συνεργάτης του Αμαζονίου, καθώς και μια θυγατρική για μερικούς άλλους λιανοπωλητές. Αυτό σημαίνει ότι κάνουμε προμήθειες εάν κάνετε κλικ στο σύνδεσμο στο ιστολόγιό μας καθώς και την αγορά από αυτούς τους λιανοπωλητές.