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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On 20th April 2017, I was fortunate enough to  fly to Paris from London Heathrow courtesy of Air France to take a tour of Charles de Gaulle airport to experience how easy it is for passengers to connect to flights on the Air France network to destinations including Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston and Tokyo to name a few.

On arrival, we cleared immigration quickly and were shown shown the PARAFE gates which once registered for, give EU passport holders fast and easy passport control clearance with a simple face recognition picture and finger print. 

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Fact sheet Updated 2 June 2016

Key facts

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated.


Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys through a network that monitored yellow fever. It was later identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. From the 1960s to 1980s, human infections were found across Africa and Asia, typically accompanied by mild illness. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika infection was reported from the Island of Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) in 2007. In July 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome. In October 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

Signs and Symptoms

The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) of Zika virus disease is not clear, but is likely to be a few days. The symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for 2-7 days.

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Oceania Cruiseline ………………. Your World. Your Way.

This cruiseline offers something special for cruise loving, food lovers and the fact that they have trademarked the phrase “The finest cuisine at sea” says it all.

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We have been made aware that effective from 1st July 2016, Uganda has introduced an e-visa system.


All travellers should apply online at as far in advance of travel as possible.

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I'd never been to Jersey before. I guess I saw it as a more mature person’s holiday, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The beaches are stunning, the weather a couple of degrees warmer than mainland UK, the food amazing (especially the seafood), the nightlife vibrant and only 30 to 55 mins away by air from the UK depending on where you are based or an easy ferry journey from Weymouth or Poole if you're not a fan of flying.

We left Southampton airport on a sunny Friday morning, flying with Flybe on the 30 minute travelling time. Met at St Helier airport by Waverly Travel, the driver gave us some local information and hints and tips as we made our way on the 15 minute transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel on the St Helier waterfront. Our room wasn't ready so we had lunch in Tiffin Tea House where the service was excellent, the food was excellent and the views over the mariner and Elizabeth Castle were beautiful.

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We have been made aware that effective immediately, the consulate of Saudi Arabia requires, that all visa applicants purchase medical insurance from a list of vendors pre-approved by Saudi officials.


This insurance is in addition to any medical coverage applicants already possess, and must be purchased, even if the applicant or their company, holds an existing insurance policy, from one of the providers. (The requirement does not apply to individuals requesting official, Diplomatic and Pilgrimage visas).

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P&O have long been known as the best British cruise line and with the majority of their ships based out of the UK, it is easy to see why some many P&O passengers are repeat clients for the line.


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Wow is just one word to describe the Datai Langkawi where I had the privilege to stay in a Rainforest Villa for 3 nights last month. Situated on the northwest tip of the island, this is where rainforest meets sea.

The Datai Langkawi has several choices of dining experiences:

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