Travel News of the Week: Lufthansa PreCheck

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Work On A Calais Wall To Start This Month, Britain Says
Reuters reports work on building a wall in the northern French port of Calais to try to stop refugees and migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, according to British officials. Immigration minister, Robert Goodwill, told lawmakers that security was being stepped up in Calais, home to the “Jungle” camp where thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa hope to cross the English Channel to Britain. The wall, which is expected to be four meters 13 ft high and be built along both sides of a 0.6 mile stretch of the Rocade port approach road, should be completed by the end of this year.

Canada Changes Entry Rules For Dual Citizens
Dual citizen Canadians must show a Canadian passport to enter the country under tightened entry rules effective September 30. In years past, the government said that dual citizens often entered Canada using their foreign passports backed up by a citizenship card or a provincial driver’s license to confirm they were Canadian citizens. Now, this practice will end for dual citizens flying into Canada. Without a proper Canadian passport, Canadian citizens will not be allowed to enter the country as part of a new electronic travel authorization system. In a new advisory, the Canadian government warned that “Canadian citizens will need to have appropriate documents to travel to Canada before they can board their flight. A valid Canadian passport is the only reliable and universally accepted travel document that provides proof that you are a citizen and have the right to enter Canada without being subjected to immigration screening. Make sure that the expiry date of the passport is well beyond your planned return date.”

Lufthansa Becomes First European Airline In TSA PreCheck
Lufthansa has begun participating in the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program. PreCheck enrollees flying on Lufthansa now can receive expedited security screening at participating US airports. Lufthansa is the first European airline to join the program, which now counts 18 participating airlines.

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Mobile Passport Officially Authorized By The US Customs & Border Protection
This free App gets you through airport customs faster and is available for both Android and IOS. With the app, American and most Canadian citizens can skip the slowest part of US Customs by using a smartphone to import passport details, snap a selfie and answer basic questions. By entering all your info in the app, there’s no filling out forms or queuing to use one of the newer photo-booth kiosks that immortalizes your airplane hair in a government database. Even with the app, you’ll still need to travel with your real passport. And you’ll still have a brief customs interview. Think of Mobile Passport less as a replacement and more like a Fastpass at Disneyland. Mobile Passport brings the government and tech industry together to solve a real pickle: Funding for customs officers hasn’t kept pace with surging international arrivals at US airports. Other tech efforts are helping, too, including automated kiosks and a $100 program called Global Entry that requires your fingerprints. But Mobile Passport is free and about as fast as Global Entry. It’s especially good for families and takes zero planning, other than remembering to download an app. Mobile Passport services are only available at select USA airports.

Royal Caribbean Changes Beverage Package Options

Royal Caribbean has reduced its beverage package options from seven to four, with just one including alcoholic beverages. New packages went into effect September 6 and all pricing is exclusive of gratuities. A statement from Royal Caribbean said the change was based on “guest feedback” and is meant to make choosing a package simpler. Prices vary by length of cruise. The new package comes in 12- ($39) or 24-bottle ($69) varieties. The Refreshment package ($26/day) includes premium coffees and teas, bottled still and sparkling water, fresh squeezed orange juice, non-alcoholic cocktails, and all sodas (a Coca-Cola souvenir cup is included for unlimited soda refills). The Deluxe Beverage package ($55/day) is the most inclusive option and features everything in the Refreshment packages, as well as all cocktails, spirits, wines and beers priced at up to $12. Passengers who have purchased one of the older drink packages will either have their purchased honored (the Select package) or upgraded to the new Deluxe Beverage package for no additional cost (the Premium and Ultimate packages).

Like the pics? We’re sharing a bit of Namibia and South Africa to kick off your weekend…

Christina and John are in Africa this month escorting a group! Let us know if you have Africa on the wishlist! Talk to one of our qualified agents at 503-224-0180 or info@wittravel.com. 

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