Category Archives: Travel Tips

Cholera Hits Nairobi, Travelers Please Take Caution

Category : Our Blog , Travel Tips

381 cases of cholera have been reported in the country, of which four have been fatal.
The Rosebank Travel Clinic has advised all travellers to Kenya to get their yellow fever vaccination before they depart their country and to prevent getting cholera, exercise caution, including not drinking water from public sources, not using ice in drinks, eating only cooked food and avoiding uncooked and foods like salads, which are often washed under tap water which could be contaminated.
Hotels and eateries are also inspected by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, to urgently carry out medical examination to all food handlers in a bid to prevent the further spread of cholera in Nairobi.
Government officials have also banned the outsourcing of food by hotels and other meeting venues from unlicensed or un-inspected premises or individual suppliers who have not met new health requirements.
The Ministry has also banned the sale and cooking of food on streets until the crisis is resolved.

 


Baggage Not Allowed In Qatar Airline’s Passenger Cabin Baggage

Category : Our Blog , Qatar , Travel Tips

In compliance with international regulations and the safety of Qatar Airways  passengers, there are some restrictions placed on passenger’s cabin baggage.

Items that may cause injury or do not comply with security or safety guidelines for carriage in your cabin baggage, be placed in your checked-in baggage(checked baggage).

Items not permitted in hand baggage
CategoryExample items
Guns, firearms and other devices that discharge projectiles, including toys, antiques and replicas.Pistols, components of firearms, compressed air and CO2 guns, pellet guns, signal flares.
Stunning devices.Stun guns, pepper spray, mace, animal repellents.
Objects with sharp points or edges.Knives, axes, ice picks, razor blades, scissors, martial art equipment.
Workers ToolsCrowbars, drills, screw-drivers, saws, nail guns, blowtorches.
Blunt InstrumentsBaseball bats, clubs, batons, hockey sticks.
Explosives and incendiary devices (including replicas)Fireworks, ammunition, fuel.
Liquids, Aerosols, Gels (LAGs) that do not meet the authorized criteria.

 


Six Things A Travel Agent knows that Customers do not

Category : Travel Tips

QnA

Q1:How do we travellers get educated about our destinations?

A1:We learn through our travel agents and people who have traveled alot.

Q2:Do we (holiday makers) always think that we know better after talking to other people or doing our own research on places we would like to go to?

A2:Yes, why not, because the more information the better. Why not share that information with a travel agent and a call centre. A call centre agent does not have the added information you have to offer.This is the reason why clients become frustrated with the call centre agent. The call centre agent does not always have on his/ her hands to follow-up on information you have researched on. So get educated today and share that information with us at Book Cheap Flights(bookcheapflights.co.za.). Just e-mail us we would like to share information with you.

Q3:What is wrong with the questions I ask my call centre agent/a travel professional ?

A3:Not alot, but we do need to remember the person on the other side( call centre agent) has a limited time on the phone to answer all other calls too. Now this is a helpful tip to do, before you call a call centre agent. Firstly, jot down the questions on a piece of paper, that you would like to ask the call centre agent/a travel professional. Don’t forget that, the other person on the other side of the line might not have a high vocabulary like you do, so please keep the questions short and sweet.

Q4:How do I get information to access the best rates, and often also to comps or food & beverage or spa credit or how to find a room?

A4:It’s simple, Book Cheap Flights (bookcheapflights.co.za.). And search our website for the information you need. As most websites shows no availability of rooms during your travel dates.Here at Book Cheap Flights (bookcheapflights.co.za.) we connect you to airlines and hotels that will avail their services to you and make your stay as a memorable one you and for your loved one’s who will never forgets Book Cheap flights Experience.

Q5:How to ask about dietary restrictions?

A5:Noting an increase in queries regarding dining options and food allergies, many agents have accrued a more in-depth knowledge of hotels and cruise lines that cater to individual health requirements, so they can recommend the best option for each client. Here at Book Cheap Flights (bookcheapflights.co.za) we provide you the best options all under one roof.

Q6:Without a travel agent or call centre agent, what can go wrong?

A6:There can be minor glitches to major disasters. Change in flights ; lost routes with hotels in a foreign cities you can barely pronounce and because you were late you had to re book your hotel room. What about lost luggage and you don’t even have a translator to communicate with the people there. Only here at Book Cheap Flights(bookcheapflights.co.za) we offer all you need for your trip whenever and where ever you would like to stay.


Plan Your March 2016 Vacation Now

Category : Travel Tips

Many of us have just come back from our December vacation and are getting back into the swing of things. One of the lessons learnt is booking flights and accommodation too late.

This year we have quite an interesting layout of public holidays. Taking leave for 3 days in March would give you a total of 10 days off (including weekends).

So book those days now ( 22,23 and 24 March 2016)

Then check out the specials we have on flights to Cape Town, Dubai, Durban and New York.

Be sure to look out for specials and price increases for flights during this period. If possible try to extend or shorten your stay so that you would not be flying during the peak period.

March 2016 Holiday

More information on South African Public Holidays can be found here: Public Holidays


Travelling With Minors

Category : Travel Tips

What does it mean to travel with Minors?

Firstly, what are minors? According to the Department of Home Affairs anyone under the age of 18 is considered as a minor. The law as of 1 June 2015 requires all minors to have an unabridged birth certificate with them in addition to their passport.

What does this mean?

1. Minors travelling with both parents require 1 additional document – unabridged birth certificate

2. Minors travelling without one of their parents require the unabridged certificate and a signed affidavit from the absent parent stating that the parent gives permission for the minor to exit the country.

3. Minors travelling with a guardian require, the unabridged certificate and signed affidavits from both parents stating that the parents give permission for the minor to exit the country.

More details may be found on the Department of Home Affairs Website or call them on 0800 60 11 90 (toll free from South Africa)
The document can be found here

Official Press Briefing by the Minister – Traveling With Minors

Travelling with minors

Is it anything to worry about?

Yes it does sound like an effort to have all of these extra pieces of documentation but the reasoning behind this according to the Department of Home Affairs is to reduce child trafficking. It might not be a proven way to reduce it but let us hope it helps.

What do I as a Parent do?

    1. Get an unabridged certificate for your child if you do not have one, most recent ones are correct
    2. Have a few copies certified and take it with, perhaps email a certified copy to yourself as well
    3. Whilst you at the Commissioner of Oaths have a letter drawn up by the parent / partner who is not travelling
    4. Enjoy your time away with your child

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