Ten (10) Consideration For Travelers In Buying Air Tickets

Most often, purchasing travel tickets are perceived to be a cash-and-carry thing but travelers usually end up paying much than they budgeted for.

The cheapest fares usually ends up to be the most expensive ones especially, when we are not sure of our travel dates or if the tickets does not offer the option of date change.

These are ten (10) guidelines to aid you make a better choice, when you intend buying an air ticket for your trip.

1. Check which airlines you can use without a transit visa or if you have the necessary documents to use the airline

Travel agents mostly assume you have all the necessary documents for your trip, so they sell tickets to you without hesitation. Depending on your passport and other documents, it may require you get a transit visa to be able to use some airlines with the exception of flights that do not make stops.

Check with the airline first if you require a transit visa. Travels to certain destinations may require an “OK to board”. The airline examines your travel documents and cross-checks them with the respective issuing authorities before they give you the nod to purchase the ticket.

Check with the airline thoroughly before tickets are purchased because you will be denied boarding if you require an “OK to board”. Asians traveling on Emirates requires this when traveling to certain destinations. Certain airlines require holders of Ghana passports traveling with e-visas to apply for an “OK to board”.

If you need it, the airline will direct you on how to get it done.



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Zika Virus Outbreak And Your Travels

It is advisable and secured not to visit the countries which have experienced this outbreak since 2015.

The virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected aedes species of mosquito. The symptoms of this deadly virus are; fever, rashes, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The symptoms are usually mild lasting a few days to a week.

Everyone is at risk, but it is very severe when a pregnant lady contracts the virus, due to the effect on the unborn baby.

I have compiled a list of countries with reported cases so far and would love to alert you, so that you are cautious in making your travel decisions.

The countries are:

Americas
  • Barbados
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Commonwealth of
    Puerto Rico, US territory
  • Costa Rica
  • Curacao
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Saint Martin
  • Suriname
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
Oceania/Pacific Islands
  • American Samoa
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
Africa
  • Cape Verde

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