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CUBA & SOUTH AMERICA BY PRIVATE JET
WITH SPECIAL GUEST GEOFFREY KENT
SEPTEMBER 6-28, 2016
What You Need to Know Before You Go
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
In order to enter the countries visited on this tour as a citizen of the United States, you will need:
A signed passport valid for 6 months beyond the completion of this trip.
Tourist visas for Cuba and Brazil.
Pay a $160 reciprocity fee prior to entering Argentina.
Your passport will need a minimum of 6 blank visa pages available for entry and exit stamps. As of January 1, 2016, the U.S. Passport Office has discontinued their service of adding pages to existing U.S. passports. U.S. passport holders in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport.
Cuba Documentation A visa and authorization for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba will be delivered to you in Miami.
Associated costs are included in the cost for participation in the program.
In order to obtain the necessary documents required for travel all tour participants must complete and sign a Travel Affidavit confirming that they are travelling under the auspices of an OFAC authorized people-to-people general license and return it to A&K. This document will be sent to you upon deposit.
Citizens of the United States born in Cuba (and Cuban Nationals) and non-U.S. citizens who are interested in participating in this program should contact A&K for further information.
Brazil Visa Contact our partner, VisaCentral, for easy, efficient passport and visa processing for Brazil. Call 844-823-1224 and reference A&K’s account number #73001 or visit our Travel Store at abercrombiekent.com/travel_store.
Reciprocity Fee for Argentina Prior to arrival in Argentina at any entry point, U.S. citizen tourist and business travelers must pay a $160 reciprocity fee by credit card online at www.migraciones.gov.ar. (Canadians US$92;
Australians US$100). To pay your reciprocity fee you need to register on line, provide personal information and a credit card number. Once paid, you must print out the receipt and present it to the Argentine immigration officer at the time of entry. The fee is valid for ten years from the date of payment and allows for multiple entries. If you have travelled to Argentina since 2009 and have an existing 10-year “fee-paid” sticker in your passport you do not have to pay the fee again. Fees and procedures are subject to change.
If you are not a citizen of the United States, your entry requirements may vary. Please consult the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the country or countries you will be visiting. Non-U.S.
citizens should also ensure they have the necessary documentation to return to the United States at the end of your trip as you will be subject to full immigration procedures upon re-entering the United States in Miami.
CONSULAR INFORMATIONThe U.S. State Department provides Country Specific Information sheets for every country in the world, as well as Travel Alerts and Warnings. Find this information by calling 888 407 4747 or 202 501 4444 or online at travel.state.gov.
CURRENCYWe suggest travelling with some U.S. dollars to be exchanged for local currency and at least two major credit cards. Major credit cards are generally accepted in urban areas although some merchants may add a surcharge. Notify your credit card company of your travel plans prior to your departure to avoid any fraud concerns. ATM access is available in larger cities throughout your journey except in Cuba.
We recommend that you use only U.S. currency that was printed within the last three years. Many merchants and service providers overseas will not accept currency that is more than a few years old. Extremely wrinkled, torn or faded bills are generally not accepted.
Exchange money only at authorized outlets such as currency exchange kiosks, banks and hotels.
Only exchange what you feel you will need while visiting. Save all receipts from any currency transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
We do not recommend traveler’s checks as they are no longer widely accepted.
Cuba Currency Cuba is still by and large a cash economy therefore you should plan carefully to arrive with enough money to use for the duration of your stay. The U.S. dollar is not accepted for any transactions in Cuba. There are two currencies in Cuba: the Cuban peso which is the national currency (MN-moneda nacional) and convertible pesos (CUC-tourist currency). The Cuban government requires tourists to use convertible pesos at tourist-related establishments such as restaurants, hotels and “dollar shops.” Make sure that you are getting back the right change in the right currency when making purchases.
You can exchange U.S. dollars into CUC at exchange bureaus, banks, and hotels. You need your passport to exchange money outside of your hotel. There is a 13% fee (10% tax and 3% exchange fee) for exchanging U.S. dollars which effectively lowers the exchange rate to about 100USD = 87CUC (exchange rate subject to change). This fee is the same no matter where you exchange your money. It is important to travel with small denominations ($1-$5-$10-$20) since $50 and $100 bills can be difficult to exchange.
It is not permissible to take more than CUC$200 out of Cuba; money over and above this amount risks being confiscated. Cuba is still by and large a cash economy therefore you should plan carefully to arrive with enough money to use for the duration of the trip.
While U.S. financial institutions are now permitted to process credit card and debit card transactions in Cuba related to authorized expenses, many U.S. financial institutions are being slow to implement such a change and others may continue to disallow such transactions as a matter of internal policy. Therefore, we recommend that you contact the financial institution that issued your credit card or debit card to determine whether transactions in Cuba will be processed.
Credit card transactions carry a high commission fee in Cuba and therefore their use is not recommended.
HEALTHIt is a good idea to read up on any health issues or concerns related to your destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers current health information; it can be reached at 800 232 4636 or online at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
This journey includes visits to Bogotá, Cusco and Machu Picchu, which are areas of high elevation where you may experience altitude sickness. Please consult your healthcare provider for suggestions on prevention and treatment.
Argentina Most of Argentina (except for the sub-tropical northern regions and sub-polar southern regions) enjoys a temperate climate with hot, humid summers and cool, dry winters. Tropical regions experience high temperatures and rainfall year-round.
ELECTRICITYPeru, Chile and Argentina - 220 volts and 50/60 hertz Cuba, Colombia and Brazil - 110 volts and 60 hertz (same as the United States) To protect your electronic devices, we recommend that you carry a universal voltage converter.
Please refer to the “Electrical Adapter Guide For Global Travel” included in your pre-tour materials.
COMMUNICATIONSContact your cellular telephone provider to determine if your phone operates on the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and what, if any, activation may be required. If your phone is not GSM-enabled, you may find that renting a phone specifically designed for use overseas is the most practical option. Internet access will be limited in some destinations; where available, complimentary Internet access is included.
Cuba Communications Communications between the U.S. and Cuba can be challenging. In Cuba, telephone service varies greatly in quality from place to place despite major improvements in recent years. The hotels included on this program have good international telephone service, both for receiving calls from abroad and for dialing from Cuba. As is common around the world, hotels impose a hefty surcharge on international calls placed through their switchboards. International calls from Cuba are very expensive, sometimes more than 2.50CUC per minute along with connection charges. If you wish to use the phone in your hotel room you will be required to leave a cash-deposit at the front desk to activate your line. We urge you to check hotel policy before placing any call through your hotel.
U.S. cell phones do not work in Cuba even if you have an international plan. Service for smart phones and mobile devices is not available. Cellular phone companies in Cuba have roaming agreements with many international companies, except the United States. As a foreigner you may be able to purchase a local SIM card in Cuba for use in your own phone. However, it is important to note that mobile phone use in Cuba is intermittent due to a lack of service installations which limits their use to major cities and tourist resorts and as such is unreliable. Your hotel phone is a far more reliable option. As mentioned previously, international calls to and from Cuba are very expensive.
Internet and e-mail is becoming increasingly available in Cuba, although these services are still scarce, slow, and expensive compared to most other countries. The Saratoga Hotel has internet access and A&K has arranged for complimentary internet service for you during your stay;
however, internet service is often intermittent and unreliable.
RECOMMENDED PACKING LISTClothing Items □ For your welcome and farewell dinners, we recommend a jacket and tie for gentlemen and cocktail dresses or suits for ladies. There will be several occasions where resort chic is recommended for both men and women.
□ 4-6 pairs of casual slacks □ 3-4 pair of quick-dry walking shorts (lightweight, convertible trousers that zip off into shorts are a great option) □ 5-6 polo shirts, casual short-sleeve shirts or blouses (include tops that are quick-dry) □ 3-4 long sleeve shirts or blouses □ 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes □ 1 pair of comfortable, light-weight hiking boots that are well broken-in □ 1 pair river sandals such as Tevas® (optional) □ Lightweight rain-proof jacket and/or sweater □ Lightweight parka or windproof jacket (preferably water resistant) and windproof slacks, made of fabric such as Gor-Tex®. Winds can be fierce in the Patagonia region and you may opt to bring earmuffs, a hat, scarf and gloves.
□ Sleepwear □ Personal garments; a sports bra is suggested for women □ Socks □ Swimwear/cover-up □ Hat; a bandana or scarf to keep the sun off your neck Miscellaneous Toiletries, Health and Hygiene Items Note: Hotels will provide basic toiletries, but please bring your own if you have specific preferences □ First aid kit including Band-Aids and moleskin □ Aspirin/pain relievers □ Antacid/laxatives/anti-diarrhea medicine □ Motion sickness tablets □ Personal toiletries □ Low-suds detergent for washing small or personal items □ Sunblock □ Insect repellent with DEET; After Bite® or other anti-itch cream □ Glasses, sunglasses (suitable for very bright sunlight), contact lenses and solution □ Antibacterial wipes or hand gel □ Prescription medications □ Toilet paper (in short supply in public restrooms in Cuba) Other Suggestions □ Zip lock bags for wet or dirty clothes □ Charging cables for personal electronics □ Electricity adapter and converter □ Lightweight binoculars (magnification of 8x32 is ideal) □ Optional items: waterproof daypack, collapsible walking stick Please Note Flashlights and rain ponchos will be provided.
Do not bring valuable jewelry.
Hair dryers will be provided at all accommodations, except in the Pantanal.
Traveller’s Valet® complimentary laundry service for 10 articles of clothing per person will be provided at the midpoint of your journey. Dry cleaning is not included.
As a preventative measure, it is recommended that all luggage be secured with a TSA approved lock.
ABOUT YOUR AIRCRAFTThe private jet flights will be performed using a Boeing 757-200ER aircraft with 50 first-class, VIPstyle seats.
The cities the private jet will fly into/out of include Miami, USA; Havana, Cuba, Cartagena and Bogota, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Easter Island and Punta Arenas, Chile; Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Iguazu Falls, Cuiaba and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Caracas, Venezuela (technical stop). The air carrier for the private jet flights will be Icelandair.
Additionally, local charter flights will be used for transportation and excursions within Peru, Chile and Brazil.
Airfare from your home town to Miami at the beginning and end of your tour is not included in the program price. Abercrombie & Kent is happy to assist you in reserving commercial flights in the class of service that you prefer. Please contact A&K for assistance with your air booking.
BAGGAGE RESTRICTIONS & INFORMATIONOn the private jet, each participant is strictly limited to 80 pounds of checked baggage in a maximum of two suitcases per person. Small carry-ons should be limited to one per person.
Baggage, when not handled by Abercrombie & Kent, and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.
Should you purchase larger items along your journey, you may request that your A&K Luggage Manager store your items in the cargo hold of the Private Jet until your return to the U.S. Luggage Forward, A&K’s preferred luggage shipment partner, provides door-to-door international luggage shipping service, allowing you to send your baggage or packages directly to your home. Specific details of this service will be sent to you with your final tour documents.
Check with your selected airline for other baggage restrictions applicable to your flight into and out of Miami, Florida.
On local charter flights within Peru and Chile, baggage is strictly limited to 50 pounds per person.