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Potential health hazards to travelers in Middle East

June 23, 2005 EST | Consumer Info , Middle East

Common infections in travelers are gastrointestinal infections. Chronic and latent infections in immigrants (and long-term residents) include tuberculosis, echinococcosis, cutaneous leishmaniasis, brucellosis. Vector-borne infections: Malaria is present in focal areas of Iran, Iraq, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen....

Planning for healthy travel

June 23, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

International travelers can take a number of simple steps to avoid potential health problems before and during travel. International travelers should contact their physicians, local health departments, or private or public agencies that advise international travelers at least 4 to...

Frequent flyer programs

June 19, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Frequent flyer programs allow you to earn certain travel benefits based on the number of miles (or occasionally the number of trips) you fly on a particular airline. Typical awards include a free ticket or a free upgrade from coach...

Temporary unavailability of the International Certificate of Vaccination

June 19, 2005 EST | Consumer Info

The International Certificate of Vaccination (ICV) is on backorder from the Government Printing Office. Certificates are expected to be available by mid-July 2005. As a temporary measure, health-care providers should document vaccination of the traveler on office stationery with letterhead...

Flight-rights - delayed & canceled flights

June 06, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Airlines don't guarantee their schedules, and you should realize this when planning your trip. There are many things that can-and often do-make it impossible for flights to arrive on time. Some of these problems, like bad weather, air traffic delays,...

Flight-rights - lost tickets

June 06, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Airline tickets are similar to negotiable documents. Because of this, refunds can be difficult to obtain if tickets are lost or stolen. Many passengers believe that air tickets can be replaced as easily as travelers checks just because the reservation...

Flight-rights - reservations & tickets

June 06, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Once you decide when and where you want to go, and which airline you want to use, getting reservations and tickets is a fairly simple process. You can make all of your arrangements by telephone, at the airline's ticket office,...

Flight-rights - Aire fares

June 06, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Because of the emphasis on price competition, consumers may choose from a wide variety of air fares. Some airlines are trying a "back to basics" approach-offering flights at bargain basement prices with few extras. For fare information, you can contact...

Transporting live animals

June 04, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Over two million pets and other live animals are transported by air every year in the United States. Federal and state governments impose restrictions on transporting live animals. In addition, each airline establishes its own company policy for the proper...

Coping with flight delays

June 04, 2005 EST | Airline , Consumer Info

Most airline trips are uneventful; however, airlines don't guarantee their schedules, and you should realize this when planning your trip. There are many things that can make it impossible for flights to arrive on time. Some of these problems, such...