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Note: Information below is for reference purposes only and should be
confirmed prior to your trip. Some information provided by third party
sources and may not be up to date.
IMPORTANT: Now that many airlines have made changes to their baggage allowances,
and may charge per checked bag, please visit the airline's website for
the most up-to-date restrictions. All-inclusive packages do not include airline incidentals, such as baggage charges, carryon charges, on-board purchases, etc.
Baggage Information by Airline
your airline is not listed, or if the link no longer functions, please
see the airline's website directly. We cannot be responsible for extra
charges or denied boarding associated with baggage issues.
New: Pre-purchase your Dominican Republic Tourist Card
The Tourist Card is valid for a year from the date of purchase and is only valid for one person, who will only be able to use it once. The Tourist Card can be acquired at point of sale locations in land, air, or sea ports in the country; it is also available in Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and in Tour operating companies. It may now also be purchased through the online portal.
Using Cash in Mexico
With the objective of limiting and controlling the movement of American Dollars CASH within Mexico, the Mexican Government recently passed a new law which comes into force across the country on 14th September 2010, making the use of American Dollars CASH to make purchases in Mexico will not be as free as it has been in the past. Many repeat guests to Mexico who have become accustomed to using American Dollars CASH in Mexico as though they were effectively in the United States will notice the difference. Other payment methods such as Credit Cards of all types and all issuing banks, Travellers Checks, Mexican Pesos and non-American Dollars foreign currencies in cash (Euros or Canadian Dollars) are not affected in any way by this new law.
The most noticeable differences to travelers will be:
1. Hotels and Exchange Booths will only be able to change a maximum of $1,500 USD CASH per person per month into Mexican Pesos. Previously there was no limit.
2. Businesses (transportation and excursion companies) will only be able to accept a maximum of $100 USD CASH per transaction - but the number of transactions per customer are not restricted.
3. Certain businesses may not be able to, or may choose not to accept American Dollars CASH for any purchase at all (this may include shops etc)
If a customer wants to purchase from an on-site excusrion company (for example) a tour worth $139 US per person, he will only be able to pay $100 USD of this amount in USD CASH and the remainder will need to be in another form of payment (credit card, Mexican Pesos cash, etc).
Appropriate advice would be to inform travelers that they should not carry large amounts of American Dollars cash with them to Mexico, but instead they should consider either using a Credit Card, taking Mexican Pesos cash, taking Travellers Checks (of any currency) or withdrawing money locally in Mexican Pesos. Local tipping in small bills is still widely accepted, and Berwick Travel recommends charging any in-resort purchases (gift shop, spa, etc.) to the room, which would then be paid by credit card.
Requirements for Travelers Between the United States and the Western Hemisphere
All persons (even infants) traveling by air outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. .
For more information, click here.
As of 2008, the most recent correct information regarding minors traveling to the Dominican Republic or Mexico is as follows:
Requirements for minors traveling to the Dominican Republic:
Dominican Republic no longer requires a permit or a notarized letter
for minors who are United States nationals or Canadian nationals.
Anyone under 18 on the day of departure will be denied boarding if not
accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Requirements for minors traveling to Mexico:
no longer requires a notarized letter from the non-accompanying
parent(s) for minors under 18. Anyone under 18 on the day of departure
will be denied boarding if not accompanied by an adult 18 years or
Travel still recommends obtaining a notarized letter from the absent
parent(s) giving permission to travel to avoid any delays or issues.
For more information, click here.
Transportation Security Administration List of Prohibited Travel Items
Knives, excluding round-bladed, butter and plastic
Pellet or BB guns
Scissors, metal with pointed tips and blades longer than four inches
Knitting and crochet needles
Nail clippers or files
Scissors, with a cutting edge of less than four inches
Tools, seven inches long or less, including screwdrivers, wrenches and pliers
All liquids must be in 3 oz bottles or smaller and be enclosed in a
clear, one quart sized (sandwich) ziplock bag.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Pipeline and
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) will no longer allow loose lithium batteries in checked baggage.
For current information, click here.
|U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings
|U.S. Department of State Passport Information
|Vital Records - Birth Certificate Information
|Caribbean/Mexico Wedding Requirements
|Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travelers Health
|Airline Phone Number Listings
revised Mexico Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State was
updated on February 20, 2009 and is designed to inform travelers of the
issues and common sense precautions to “ensure that travel to Mexico is
safe and enjoyable”. We do not take this alert lightly, but it needs to
be taken in the proper perspective.
The media has painted the country of Mexico (population over 100
million, and the 14th largest country in the world) with one brush,
when in fact the drug related violence that triggered the update is
centered in small border towns hundreds of miles from the tourist destinations
frequented by our customers. We agree with the position taken by the
Mexico Tourism Board that “Mexico remains a safe tourist destination.”
In 2008, 18.34 million U.S. visitors traveled to Mexico and came home
with experiences that only Mexico can offer. It has been, and will
continue to be, Berwick Travel's #1 destination.
Read a letter from the CEO of the Mexico Tourism Board
What does the Mexico Travel Alert really say?
The Mexico Travel Alert dates back to April of 2008 and was UPDATED on
February 20, 2009 as a result of increased violence along the US border
towns of Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City. While millions of
U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year, violence in the country
has increased recently, predominantly amongst the Mexican drug cartels.
To review the actual alert, visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html
What is the difference between a travel alert and a travel warning?
as issued in the case of Mexico, are issued to disseminate information
about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country,
that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable.
Is Mexico an unsafe place to travel?
The safety of our passengers is of paramount interest to our company.
We have sent thousands of happy vacationers to the destination of
Mexico and believe that our core leisure destinations remain some of
the safest places for vacationers. There have been no reports of
incidents in Cancun's Hotel Zone or the Riviera Maya, where Berwick
Travel's featured all-inclusive resorts are located. Border towns
including Chihuahua and Tijuana, which are the focus of such violence,
are more than 1,500 miles and 2,000 miles from Cancun/Riviera Maya,
respectively. The isolated, drug-related incident that took place west
of Cancun's city area earlier this month was more than 100 miles away,
and did not involve everyday citizens or tourists. While travel to the
core leisure destinations remains safe, Berwick Travel, as we always
have, encourages our customers to take proper precautions when
traveling anywhere, not just Mexico. Travelers should stick to main
tourist areas and be aware of their surroundings.
Wasn’t there a travel advisory cautioning travelers about popular tourist areas like Los Cabos and Cancun?
No, the Mexico Tourism Board maintains that Mexico remains a safe
tourist destination, further reassuring that popular tourist
destinations including Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and the
Riviera Maya, all remain safe for visitors. The U.S. Department of
State issued a travel alert warning U.S. citizens about dangers in border towns.
Reports of drug violence in Mexico have been widely circulated. Have these stories affected tourism to the country?
This is not a new alert nor is this drug violence something new to
Mexico. It was simply updated on February 20, 2009 to advise Americans
of a recent increase in the drug-related violence along US border
towns. This violence had not affected the decision of tourists to
travel to Mexico, which received thousands of tourists in the past
months - the violence associated with drug trafficking is concentrated
in cities that are far away from tourism destinations. Mexico is the
most popular international tourism destination for Americans, with more
than 18.34 million US visitors in 2008.
What are the resorts doing to ensure the safety of current guests?
Mexico's resorts are committed to providing guests with exceptional and
memorable experiences and their satisfaction is our top priority. The
all-inclusive resorts Berwick Travel handles are closed to outside
persons, and employ 24-hour security to help ensure the safety of
guests. In addition airport transfers are handled by professional
well-established transportation companies. Mexico's resort areas remain
safe tourist destinations and there have been no reports of violent
incidents in the area.
What if something were to happen when on vacation?
Berwick Travel's suppliers and partners work diligently to ensure that
our customers have a great vacation experience. That said, we know that
sometimes the unexpected can happen on vacation. Our partners'
in-destination representatives are available in all of our key leisure
destinations and are equipped to assist passengers on all fronts. We
also offer 24-hour care here in the US to assist customers with all
aspects of their vacation, pre and post travel.
The distance from the closest
border towns to Cancun and the Riviera Maya is more than 800 miles, the
same difference between Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA.
What to Do if You Lose Your Photo ID, and More
the headache you'll remember the rest of your life: You've flown
somewhere for business or pleasure, but midway through your trip, your
identification gets lost or stolen. What do you do?
To some extent, the answer depends on whether you are in Berkeley or
Bucharest. But no matter where you are, it is important to take action
the moment you discover your ID is missing, whether it's your driver's
license or your passport, because it could take some time to get the
matter straightened out.
What follows are specific instructions and tips regarding both
scenarios. Print this out and take it with you, or bookmark this column
for future reference. It's good information to have on hand -- just
pray you never have to use it.
Losing your ID while traveling outside the country presents a
completely different set of issues and problems than you'd face if you
lost it within the confines of the United States. Follow these steps to
make recovery as painless as possible.
Find the nearest consulate or embassy.
Once you learn your passport is missing, immediately contact the
nearest consulate or embassy. (The Department of State's Web site has a
Know the hotline numbers.
If you don't have the list or can't get to the consulate, contact the
Department of State's Overseas Citizens Service. From outside the U.S.,
dial 1-317-472-2328. If you are in the U.S. trying to assist a family
member who is traveling abroad, call 1-888-407-4747 toll free for
Prove your identity.
During an interview with a consular officer you will be asked to
provide basic personal info, as well as your passport number and date
and place of issue, if possible. You will need to supply the names of
identifying witnesses at home and abroad; if you are traveling with
others, they can be asked to vouch for your identity. In certain
circumstances, you might need to have someone back home fax copies of
identifying documents, such as a birth certificate, to the consulate.
For this reason, it is a good idea to leave copies of these documents
with family or friends. If there are no unusual circumstances, this
part of the process goes very quickly.
your identity has been verified, you'll have to fill out a new passport
application, as well as an affidavit regarding the loss/theft of your
old passport. If you believe your passport was stolen, you might have
to file a local police report.
Pay the fee.
Your replacement passport will cost at least $85 (an additional $60
expediting fee may be assessed as well), but it will be valid for the
usual 10 years. If you lost your credit cards and cash along with your
passport and have no way to pay, you'll be issued a temporary passport
for free just to get you home.
Accept a conditional passport.
If the Department of State has lingering doubts as to your identity but
is satisfied enough to let you back into the country, they'll issue you
a conditional passport. Once you get home and can provide them with the
proper documentation, you can have the passport validated for the full
Always carry a photocopy of your passport. Always. It's the next best
thing to having your actual passport. But don't carry it with your
passport or with any other travel documents -- put it at the bottom of
your suitcase and leave it there. But even that might get misplaced, so
as a backup consider scanning your passport and downloading the file
onto your laptop or other digital storage device, such as an Apple
iPod. If you don't travel with a laptop or an iPod, email the scanned
image to yourself (both as an attachment and inserted into the body of
the email) and let it sit in your inbox unopened. Either way, you'll be
able to print out a copy of your passport from your hotel's business
center, an internet caf?, or any other location that has Web access and
a printer. (Use the same trick for your driver's license when traveling
domestically.) For more on what to expect if you've lost your passport,
visit the Department of State's Web site.