Visitors to Thailand are being warned of a change to its 30-day visa exemption rule, which now only allows tourists to re-enter the country via a land border twice in a calendar year.
Those who want to re-enter more than twice must obtain a Thai visa in advance of their visit.
The change, flagged up in the Foreign Office's travel advice for Thailand, is believed to have been introduced to prevent tourists from extending their stay in Thailand by briefly visiting neighbouring countries and qualifying for another visa-exemption period when they return.


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As the use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping devices has increased, many airlines, airports and countries have imposed different regulations relating to their use and possession of these items.

 For instance entering Thailand with an e-cigarette can carry a penalty of a fine or even imprisonment. Other countries will require you to carry a medical certificate for those devices that contain Nicotine.

 


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Valletta

 

The Maltese islands have previously been described as one big open-air museum as there is so much to see and do. There are plenty of specialist holidays on offer as well as wellness and spa facilities and plenty of sporting events and activities. Here are just a few ideas of what your customers can see and do in Malta.

Culture and Heritage
With 7,000 years of history, Malta is the perfect place for any culture or history lover. The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta is home to the House of Representatives of Malta and the office of the President of the Republic of Malta. There are also a variety of theatres in Valletta, such as the Mediterranean Conference Centre which houses the Manoel Theatre and the Sacra Infermeria which was once a hospital in the 1500’s, which showcases numerous concerts, recitals, operas, dramas and musicals. There is now a permanent exhibition here in the underground halls.


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Best ailine cabins in the skies

Etihad Airways has recently been awarded a top prize in an annual survey of the world’s best airline cabins by AirlineRatings.com. The national carrier of Abu Dhabi, Etihad led the way for its first class cabins. Recently launched, ‘The Residence’ is a three-room penthouse in the sky. First class customers are accommodated in apartments or suites, while the business studios are some of the most sophisticated business-class seats on offer.


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The Duty Office have been informed that on 1st October the Botswana Government  introduced similar requirements for children travelling in and out of the country as previously implemented by South Africa.

 

As of the 1st October 2016 ALL minors (under 18yrs) travelling through any of the countries border posts are required to produce the following:


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18th to 20th November 2016 saw the Travel Counsellors annual conference return to Manchester with the theme - My TC.

Over the course of the weekend, we explored how the care that we give to our businesses and our clients makes us at Travel Counsellors different to your average travel agent.


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We would just like to remind you of the following information you may need to consider when making a hotel booking to the United States.


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On 1st October 2016 the Botswana government introduced new immigration regulations for passengers travelling with minors. Under the new law, all minors (children under the age of 18 years) are required to produce, in addition to their passport, a full unabridged birth certificate  (lists the child’s details and both parents’ details) when exiting and entering the country. An abridged (short) birth certificate will not be accepted.

If the child is travelling with one parent, with another adult or unaccompanied, the parent or parents who aren’t present will need to provide an affidavit giving their consent for the child to travel.


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Following a worldwide recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handset many US airlines initially banned the use of the mobile device while on board aircraft.

 

Despite the recall of the product we are now aware that many airlines and cruise companies worldwide, have now banned the device from being permitted on board at all.


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It is a very sad time for Thailand as the Thai people mourn the loss of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 


In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:
• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public. 
• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour. 
• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.
• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.
• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. 
• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual. 
• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country. 
• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.
TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.


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