It is important that you arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours before
international flights. This will allow you time to check your luggage and present your passport and ticket at the
ticket counter, get seat assignments and boarding passes, and pass through security to the boarding area. You
should be at the boarding gate at least 30 minutes prior to departure, in case there are any gate changes or late
notifications. A current passport that is valid at least six months past the end of your trip is required for travel
outside your home country.
For airline check-in, you will need the required government-issued photo ID (passport, driver’s license or Military
ID) and final destination information. Airline representatives can look up your reservation with that information,
although knowing your ticket number or reservation number is helpful. Many airlines now have computer checkin, which requires a credit card or government issued ID to pull up your reservation (reading your personal data
from the card/ID to find your reservation in the system). Computer check-in is usually self-explanatory, with a
series of checks and questions to ensure you have what you need to board your flight, including checking in your
luggage. If you have questions, ask the attendant on duty, who should be able to help you.
The ticketing agent at the counter will verify your ID and tag your luggage for you. They may also be able to help
you with seat assignments or changes, if available. After check-in, keep your boarding pass and governmentissued photo ID handy, as you will need both to pass through security to your gate.
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Traveling often requires a change of planes in major airports. Your airline, not Globus, determines the minimum
connection time required to transfer from one gate to another for each specific airport. At times, these connection
times can be tight and may require you to quickly move from one gate to another. At other times, the connections
may be very long due to flight availability at time of booking. When booking air-inclusive with us, we do all we can
to provide adequate connection times for our travelers. However, we are subject to the rules, regulations, and
availability of the airlines while also working within the transfer times for our airport-to-hotel transfer schedules.
If you feel a connection time is too short, we recommend you ask for other options before purchasing your ticket
or putting down deposit in order to avoid change fees, which can be quite expensive.
We also recommend you review the airline flight magazine’s airport maps (when available) prior to landing, so
you are familiar with the airport layout, which will assist in making your connections. Another tip is to carry the
airline’s 800 number with you. If you miss a connection, and we hope you don’t, you may be in a long line at the
service desk with other passengers who have also missed a connection. You may be able to get through to the
airline on their direct number and reschedule yourself for another flight. Additional information will be available
in your Important Travel Documents from Globus about how to contact us if you miss your flight and provide us
the new details so we know when to expect your arrival.
Airport security is becoming more and more advanced, and also stricter for travelers. For information on what is
allowed in carry-on luggage and what to expect at security in the U.S., visit
A couple of simple things can help you move through airport security more swiftly.
● Check the TSA Web site for prohibited items…and leave them at home, or pack prohibited carry-on
items in your checked luggage.
● Gifts should be left unwrapped so airport security can open them for inspection, if necessary.
● Undeveloped film should be carried in carry-on luggage, as checked bag screening may damage it.
● Avoid wearing anything with metal (necklaces, watches, etc.). Metal will set off security screeners and
will require additional screening by TSA personnel.
● Be prepared to remove your shoes. Many airports require shoe removal and shoe x-rays during the
● Put identification (luggage tags) on your carry-on luggage and all your checked luggage.
● Any liquids in carry-on bags must be under the size stipulated by the TSA and placed in clear ziplocked baggies for screening.
● Electronic devices must be removed from carry cases for inspection and may require placement in the
x-ray machine individually. This especially applies to laptops, which require separation from your other
● Passengers are usually limited to one carry-on bag and one personal item (purse, laptop bag, etc.).
Bag sizes are restricted to what can fit easily into overhead bins and underneath seats. Before leaving
home, be sure to check with your airport and airlines to verify luggage requirements and restrictions,
as these can vary based on airline, airport, and destination.
● Have your boarding pass and government-issued photo ID available for all TSA personnel. Only put
these items away after you have passed through security.
E-tickets are now becoming the norm and paper airline tickets, when available, usually require a fee to obtain.
When e-tickets are provided instead of actual paper airline tickets, all you need to check-in for your flight are
your flight itinerary information (airline, flight code, and destination) and your passport (or driver’s license for
domestic flights). Please check your e-tickets or paper tickets carefully. Many airlines have “code shares,” which
is an agreement or alliance with another airline. Code shares allow passengers to travel from point to point using
more than one carrier. If your ticket states “Flight operated by (airline),” you will need to check in with that airline,
not the airline listed as the original carrier.
Airline tickets for intra-vacation flights are most often held by your Tour Director and are only provided once you
are at the airport for that portion of your vacation. You will not receive these tickets in your Important Travel
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Airline Travel Apps
There are several applications you can download to your smartphone or tablet device to help monitor airline
check-in times, security wait times, airport terminal information, and maps. Gateguru, flysmart, and gohow airport
are just a few.
Avoiding Jet Lag & Comfortable Airline Travel
● To help get adjusted to new time zones, after take-off, set your watch to the time zone of destination.
● If available, rub moisturizer on face and hands or spray your face with water from an atomizer to avoid
dry skin and feel refreshed.
● If you feel pressure in your ears due to change in altitude, swallow, yawn, blow your nose, or chew
● Loose-fitting clothing is recommended. Wear comfortable shoes and try not to take them off, as feet
occasionally swell during long flights.
● When possible, walk up and down the aisle to stretch limbs, get blood circulating, and avoid having the
seat press against the back of your legs for long.
● Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. Eat light meals while
● Avoid wearing contact lenses because cabin air tends to dry them out.
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TRANSFER INFORMATION
When you book your Globus vacation air-inclusive, the transfer to and from the airport to your start and end hotel
is included (on published departure and return dates). You may also choose to purchase transfers from Globus
for your arrival and/or departure by coordinating your flight information with our transfer times and windows. On
many of our tours in North America, transfers to your hotel are by shuttle bus. A voucher is provided in your
Important Travel Documents for this service if included with your tour. Your specific, detailed vacation transfer
information will be available in your passenger documents, which will be available approximately 2-3 weeks prior
to your departure. Look for this information in the Arrival & Departure Transfer section of your travel documents,
which will have specific details for your arrival and departure.
If your plane is delayed or you miss your connecting flight, we recommend you contact On Call International
at 800-407-0801 and provide them with your name, tour reference, invoice number, and new flight arrival
information. On Call will then notify us of your delayed arrival. If your delay causes you to miss your transfer, you
will need to make your own way to your vacation hotel or embarkation point. Keep a copy of your receipt so you
may file a claim with the airline for the transfer cost if necessary. All of this information will also be available in
the Important Travel Documents for your vacation.
CALLING HOME & PHONE CARDS
Calling home and being able to stay in touch with family is often an important part of your vacation. In your travel
documents, which are available approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure, you will receive a detailed hotel list
that will include hotel names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of stay. We recommend you leave a copy
of this hotel list with family and friends so they may contact you, if necessary.
You may wish to bring a cellular phone with you on your vacation. At times, cellular service may not be available
as you travel from one city to another, but all major cities have cellular service you can connect to.
Making long-distance calls home from hotel rooms is possible, but very expensive. You may call from your hotel,
but most hotels charge a connection or service fee, which can range from $1-$20 or more and is in addition to
any other calling fees or charges. This connection or service fee is also applied to calling cards, though calling
cards provide better rates once connected. If purchasing a calling card for use while on vacation, make sure the
card covers the country/countries you will be visiting. A list of covered countries should be clearly displayed on
the card itself or its packaging. We recommend you check these countries carefully before purchasing.
Tour Directors may be able to assist you with making calls, but each calling card and cellular phone is unique and
it would be impossible for them to know every plan or phone. Tour Directors should not be relied on to assist with
personal phone calls. Please refrain from using your cell phone during sightseeing commentary, so everyone
can hear what is being said.
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For cruise ships, many staterooms have their own telephone. This may be used to call room to room and ship
to shore. Any charges are placed on your shipboard account. Because the phone system for ship-to-shore calls
functions via satellite, there may be times, depending on routing, when reception (and, therefore, calling) is not
possible. Instructions for using the phone are in each stateroom. Please be aware that the cost of calls from
and to the ship is considerably higher than from normal land lines and can be quite expensive. Please check
rates on any calls before making them as payment for calls will be required prior to disembarkation. Not all ships
have phone services.
On Globus vacations, passengers are considered children if they are 17 or under on the vacation start date. Age
restrictions apply to Globus tours, and generally children under the age of 8 are not permitted on tour.
Globus offers many discounts to children traveling on our vacations. On vacations that include an Alaska or
Hawaii cruise, or any vacation with an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party
must be 21 years of age or older. For full discounts and age restrictions when booking a Globus tour, please visit
Discounts are also available on many of our optional excursions available on tour. In your travel documents,
which are available approximately 2-3 weeks prior to vacation start, will be a list of optional excursions available
and applicable pricing. You may also wish to pre-book; visit www.GlobusJourneys.com/MyGlobus for details.
Many of our activities are suitable for children over the age of 8. Please be aware that Globus does not offer
Traveling with Children
Many countries have adopted practices to prevent abductions of children. Because of this, we recommend you
secure a “Child Travel Consent” prior to departure if you will be traveling with a minor under the age of 18. A
Child Travel Consent is a document that shows authorities and government officials that a minor (under age 18)
has permission from his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to travel. The document may be requested by authorities
when a child is traveling:
● With one parent or guardian
● Without a parent
● With an adult who is not a parent or guardian
If the traveling parent has sole custody, he or she will need a notarized true copy of a court order or equivalent
proving custody. If both parents have custody, or the non-traveling parent has custody, the traveling parent will
need notarized consent from the non-traveling parent. If the other parent has legal rights of access (e.g. visitation
rights), it is advisable to obtain his or her consent. If it is not possible to obtain consent or if the other parent has
no legal rights, you should carry a notarized true copy of a court order or equivalent to prove that you have sole
custody. You should also be prepared to prove your relationship to the child by producing government-issued
certificates (e.g. certificates of birth, marriage, adoption, or change of name). We suggest you contact appropriate
consulates and airlines for additional requirements.