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Supply Problems with Yellow Fever Vaccine
Apparently Sanofi Pasteur MSD, the sole global manufacturer of the yellow fever vaccine, is experiencing supply problems with the vaccine, which is expected to continue into 2014. This may have an impact on travel to Africa, particularly over the Christmas period. Please encourage your guests to plan their vaccines early, rather than leaving them to the last minute.
October 30, 2012
New Procedure for Reciprocity Fees In Argentina
Starting December 29, 2012, Argentina has implemented a new procedure to purchase reciprocity fees on-line to enter the country.
In 2009 a reciprocity fee was initiated for all U.S. citizens entering Buenos Aires and is valid for ten years as evidenced by a sticker placed in your passport by Argentina immigration authorities on arrival to Ezeiza International. The cost currently is $160.00 and travelers are able to pay with cash or credit card and as long as your passport is still valid this sticker is still valid and you will not be required to purchase a new fee until your original one expires. This procedure is still in effect until December 29th.
Starting December 29th new travelers, or those whose passports are expiring with the old stickers, will be required to purchase your reciprocity fee via the internet using your credit card. The fee is expected to still be $160.00 and you can only pay by credit card in which you will be prompted to print out a receipt that is proof that you have purchased the reciprocity fee. This receipt will be scanned on you arrival into Ezeiza International Airport, without it you will most likely be denied boarding your flight or entry into Argentina. It is imperative that you bring this printed receipt with you and we suggest you tuck in your passport.
Here are the steps necessary to buy your reciprocity fee after December 29th:
1). Access the website https://virtual.provinciapagos.com.ar/ArgentineTaxes/.
2). Create a Log In username and password in the Sign Up section
3). Follow the instructions and fill in the required fields
4). Pay with major credit card and print the receipt when prompted
5). Most importantly take the printed receipt with you
At this point in time (10/19/12), Ezeiza International Airport is the only port of arrival requiring the reciprocity fee for arriving U.S. citizens and their flights. There has been talk of expanding this to other airports but this has not as yet been confirmed.
Please call if you have any questions about your current fee status or the new procedures.
The Trek Staff
April 18, 2012
New rules regarding firearms.
American Airlines has changed their policy for traveling with gun cases. Whether this policy will remain in place, or if it will be changed in the future, is unknown at this point. As for right now all passengers traveling with gun cases on AA will have to recheck them at the ticket counter if they are connecting on another airline carrier.
The Trek Staff
April 17, 2012
New passenger entry documentation in Argentina.
As of April 18, the Immigration Department in Argentina will implement a new identification system. The system is sort of similar to the Immigration Entry System used in the United States today. Every passenger that will enter or depart Argentina will have their fingerprints and photo taken.
Argentina’s airport authorities do expect delays in processing customers during the first days of implementation.
The Trek Staff
April 3, 2012
New flights to Santa Fe, Argentina
As of March 21st, Aerolineas Argentinas has initiated new flights from Jorge Newberry Airport in Buenos Aires to the privencial city of Santa Fe. The flights departs AEP daily at 12:50 PM and arrives SFN at 1:50 PM and departs SFN at 2:30 and arives back in Buenos Aires (AEP) at 3:25 PM. This is a perfect flight that will meet most all international connections for our Estancia Cortaderas and Malalcue Lodge trips. This means you will now arrive to your destination quicker and cheaper. Call our travel department for details.
The Trek Staff
January 18, 2012
Travel Insurance for trips to Argentina
In as much as the ash remaining from the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in Chile is still posing problems with flights for some areas, we suggest you purchase travel insurance. Even if you are just flying in and out of Buenos Aires it might be a good idea to consider the travel insurance. Please call if you would like to see the plan and what it covers.
The Trek Staff
October 18, 2011
Volcanic Ashes in Argentina
Dormant ashes caused from the eruption of the Puyehue Volcano in Chile earlier this year are being blown around Argentina the past few days in a post winter dry wind that has closed airports from Bariloche to Mendoza. This has caused havoc with travelers trying to get into and out of Argentina. In as much as we can, we will update this situation in order to keep you informed but we must stress, this is not an alirline issue, but an airport closing which is much harder to receive direct information.
If you have a question or concern, please call our office at 800 654-9915.
The Trek Staff
September 26, 2011
Malaria Cases Reported in Bolivia
Recently, there has been two cases of malaria reported by travelers returning from Bolivia. Those of you who are currently booked to Bolivia, we urge you to contact a tropical disease specialist or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for more information regarding preventive medicine for malaria. Please call our office if you have any questiions:
800 654-9915 or 904 273-7800
The Trek Staff
June 16, 2011
In an effort to keep all of our clients up to date on the Chilean Volcano situation we have been looking into the possible impacts on seasons to come. Where it is true that some areas of Patagonia have suffered from the volcano there are some areas that are seeing little to no changes at all. Bariloche and Villa La Angostura are seeing the effects of this volcano and the rivers in that area are milky due to the ash suspension in the waters. This is not the case in the northwestern areas, involving the Malleo, Chimehuin, Alumine, Collon Cura and Quillen Rivers. Keep in mind, the Ash is NOT toxic to fish and no fish mortality has been reported in the rivers affected, up until now.
We at Trek will continue to monitor the situation in Patagonia and the surrounding areas keeping our clients up to date on the latest weather and river reports. If you would like more information regarding fly fishing in Patagonia for the 2012 season please give us a call at the office.
-The Trek Staff
September 16, 2010
New Ticketing Guidelines
As we at Trek are sure most of you have seen on the news, or read in the papers over the past few years, the “no fly” list that has been established by our Department of Home Land Security has hundreds, if not thousands of duplicate names. As quite a few of our clients can attest through personal experience, having a first and last name that just happens to be the same as a fugitives can really throw a wrench in the works when trying to book an airline ticket.
Well, the TSA has now come up with what they feel will remedy this duplicate name situation. Beginning in November of 2010, all airline tickets booked must have the passengers full name, as it appears on his, or her passport and in addition to that, the passengers date of birth must also be provided. In an effort to gather this information, we will be requesting that folks planning to travel with Trek provide us with a scanned copy of your passport page which has all of the currently required information. Be assured that we at Trek will, as always, respect your privacy and protect the information you have provided.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
August 6, 2010
Airlines Initiate Daytime flights to Buenos Aires
Aerolineas Argentinas and American Airlines have started flying daytinme routes to Buenos Aires. While flights are not daily they do offer attractive an otpion for those who are planning to spend sometime in B.A. as they arrive ion the evening. The more regular overnight flights are still best for clients looking to connect to other destinations as they arrive B.A. in the early morning.
Please call our office for schedules and additional information.
March 9, 2010
Recovery Status of Chile
CTS Turismo who is one of our land based agencies in Chile has written a notice of current recovery efforts and status of major infrastuctures in Chile. Please click here to review this article.
Thank You- The Trek Staff
March 5, 2010
Santiago Airport Update
As of today, LAN Airlines has announced that fligths from Miami to Santiago with connections to Buenos Aires and Cordoba have resumed as scheduled. With passengers flying this weekend with Trek, we will have more information available next week. For more information, please go to LAN's website at www.lan.com.
Please call if you have any questions.
Thank you- The Trek Staff
March 1, 2010
Airport Status in Santiago, Chile
Due to the earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday morning, LAN Airlines has suspended flights from Santiago International Airport for an indefinite period of time. For those who are scheduled to fly with LAN on trips to Cordoba in the coming week, we are working on alternate routes most likely through Buenos Aires. Once we get an official word from LAN we will let you know the status of these flights. For now we are asking for your patience and consideration for the people affected in Chile.
Thank you- The Trek Staff
February 13, 2010
Flight Interruptions to due to Winter Storms
Our office is aware that many of you traveling now and the next few days may be experiencing flight difficulties especially through Atlanta and Delta Airlines due to severe winter storms. Our ground personnel and travel department will do all they can to offer alternate routes and suggestions but ultimately it is the responsibility of the the individual airlines to accommodate their seats and endorsements. We ask that you be as patient as possible.
Milton Hanburry- President Trek Safaris
January 4, 2010
New Reciprocity Fee in Argentina:
Effective December 20, 2009, the government of Argentina has imposed new “reciprocity fees” for citizens of the U.S. to match those same fees imposed by the U.S. government on Argentineans. The fee will cost $131.00 for U.S. citizens and will only be collected at immigrations in Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires and you pay with cash, traveler’s check or credit card.
The fee permits multiple entries into Argentina for ten years in accordance with US visa reciprocity.
We apologize for the last minute introduction of this fee, but the government of Argentina gave no advance notice to the general public. It is also important to note that U.S. citizens using Cordoba as their port of entry into Argentina will not be charged this new reciprocity fee. Citizens of Canada and Australia will also be charged a fee and should check with their respective agencies to determine their fees and procedures.
For more information please refer to the US Embassy website (here) .
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