All passengers should know the airport procedures and be at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled time of departure for international travel. Late check in can result in you being denied travel. You will need your passport at check in.
Most airlines have a fee for checked bags and some for even carry-on bags. Sun n Beach Travel strongly suggests that you check with the airline you are traveling on as to what their rules are for checked and carryon bags are. So there are no surprises at the airport. Airline rules vary as far as size, weight and number of bagsthat they allow. Also each airline has their own fee structure.Lap children who did not pay for a seat and are under the age of two are not allowed to check a bag. You should never put cash, valuables, medications, fragile items, important documents and cameras in your checked luggage. Always carry them with you.
Some TSA procedures vary by airport. You may have to take off your shoes, coats and remove your lap tops into a screening bin. You can carry liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on bags only if they are less than 3.4 ounces and stored in a 1 quart size zip-top bag.Only one zip-top bag is allowed per person and must be placed in the screening bin. You can carry empty water bottles and fill them after you have gone through TSA.
TSA has new security measures at some overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. Travelers who plan to carry on electronic devices, including cell phones, may be required to turn them on at security. Devices that do not power on you may not be permitted to carry on board. Travelers should make sure that their devices are fully charged.
For further information go to www.tsa.gov.
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 some exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials in your carry-on.
Once you are boarded some countries require that the plane be insecticide sprayed. Some times this is done before you board. For further information please go to https://airconsumer.dot.gov/spray.htm
Once you arrive at your destination you will have to go through immigration and then pick up your luggage and go through customs. Once you are cleared proceed outside to where your Apple or Amstar representative will be waiting for you. They will be wearing blue shirts that have flowers on the hem of the sleeve and waste. They will instruct you as to which shuttle bus you are to get on for your transfer to your hotel. All Apple packages include your transfers on a shared bus that can make a stop before you get to your hotel. You can purchase nonstop or private transfers with any package. The rep on the transfer bus will invite you to a welcome briefing at your hotel. Be sure to attend because you will be given local tips, excursion recommendations and you will get instructions regarding your departure transfer.
For your departure for home the Apple Vacations representative will instruct you as to when you will be picked up for your transfer to the airport. The check in procedure works pretty much the same way as it did on your departure.
On your return to the US you will have to go through immigration and customs. You will need your passport for immigration. Customs currently allows an $800.00 per person value of goods that you can bring in duty free from most countries ($1600.00 for the US Virgin Islands). Save receipts for purchases that you made. Certain items you cannot bring in like fruits, vegetable, meat.For further information go to www.cbp.gov.
If you need assistance as far as needing a wheelchair at the airport we can request on for you but please let us know in advance. However the airlines will not guarantee that the airport will have one available.