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FAQs

Answers for all those questions you might still have

Planning for and departing on your next trip often comes with a few questions. We've compiled our most frequently asked questions in one spot so you can quickly find the answers you need. Click the tab below to find the questions relevant to where you are in the travel process.


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Before You Leave

A: Simply log into your account via the Sign In link at the top of the page. Here, you can view and print your eDocs/travel documents, choose/upgrade your plane seat, add special requests to your booking, purchase trip insurance, excursions, transportation and more.

A: Directions on how to log into your account to apply a payment are located at the bottom of your invoice. You can also to contact our Contact Center at 1-800-309-4717.

A: Of course! Just log into your account via the Sign In link at the top of the page to access your account. There, you can view all the tours and excursions we offer to select what you like best.

A: Almost all hotels, resorts, and commercial/retail stores accept credit and/or debit cards or even U.S. dollars. However, you will need local cash for tipping waitstaff, housekeeping, tour guides and other services, or for purchasing merchandise and souvenirs from smaller markets or vendors. Most airports have currency exchange locations, and ATMs can be found on property for many hotels, as well as within tourist districts. ATM transaction fees can occasionally be expensive, and not use the most current exchange rates.

A: While the majority of your vacation will be covered if you book an all-inclusive resort, here are a few additional expenses you could expect:

  • Some airlines charge for checked baggage or additional carry-on luggage.
  • Some destinations require visitors to purchase a Tourist Card upon arrival.
  • Ground transfers to get from the airport to your hotel and back again if they were not part of your package.
  • Hotels that have Breakfast Plan or European Plan dining options require the purchase of additional meals and drinks.
  • Tips for housekeeping, restaurant waitstaff, bartenders, bellmen, tour guides, taxi drivers, etc.
  • Some hotels have a small charge for top shelf alcohol and premium meals if you want to partake in them.
  • Most hotels charge for premium amenities, such as spa treatments, rounds of golf, wine tastings or other offerings, but these are optional.
  • Many hotels also charge for motorized watersports, such as jet skiing, parasailing, etc.; these also are optional.
  • Most hotels have free Wi-Fi somewhere on property, but there may be a charge if you want it in your room or faster speeds.
  • Car rentals or bus and taxi fares if you desire to leave the resort property and see the local sights.
  • Tours and excursions are extra, but worth it! If you're visiting a foreign country, you'll want to experience their culture, sample their food and see the sights!
  • Some excursions don't include transportation to the pick-up/drop-off site if it's not at your hotel, so you'll need to take a taxi or bus to get there.
  • Some excursions don't include meals, so food and drinks will also have to be purchased, if you don't eat at your hotel beforehand.
  • Also, water excursions can incur small dock fees/environmental fees or equipment rentals, especially if you want to SCUBA dive.
  • Shopping or souvenirs.

A: Each of our destination pages, which can be found under the "Destinations" drop-down menu at the top of this page, has a "Travel Tips" link near the bottom. This links to a page that has tons of useful information, such as the time zone the country is in, the currency used, its electricity voltage, transportation assistance, climate and more.

A: The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides comprehensive health information for specific destinations, required vaccinations, information for travelers with special needs and updates about other health news. You can also visit the U.S. Department of State's travel website and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] website for additional travel information.*

A: If a child under the age of 18 is traveling with only one parent/guardian, or with someone who is not a parent or legal guardian, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires that the accompanying adult have notarized documentation from the non-traveling parent(s) stating their approval for their specific travel dates and destination.

If there is no second parent with legal custody of the child (e.g., the second parent is deceased, one parent has sole custody, etc.), relevant paperwork such as a court decision, birth certificate naming only one parent, death certificate, "sole custody" or "Father Unknown" documents, etc., would need to be presented.

Please see additional information for single parents traveling with minors here, under "General Information & Web Links".

A: Unfortunately, very few hotels are pet friendly, however, certified service dogs are accepted by many hotels with certain restrictions. Information on whether a hotel does or does not allow pets/service dogs is found on our hotel pages. Please keep in mind that many airlines are also beginning to restrict and even ban the travel of pets, including undocumented emotional support animals (this does not include certified service animals).

Also, while there are no duties on entering the U.S. with pets, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has more information on their website regarding the requirements of entering the U.S. with cats, dogs and other animals, even if they originally came from the U.S.*

A: Checklist: For your convenience, we've compiled a comprehensive checklist for your all-inclusive vacation here. The paragraphs below are a quick overview of this checklist.

Clothing: Planning on what to wear depends on your destination, the season, and what you plan on doing. Additionally, some hotels and resorts have dress codes for restaurants or public areas. Along with a bathing suit for the beach and comfortable clothing for walking around hotel property, you definitely don't want to forget to bring sunglasses and a hat — the sun is more intense the closer you get to the equator. Most people bring at least one dressier outfit for elegant dining and nightlife. If you are traveling during the winter, you may want to bring a light sweater or shawl because it can sometimes get cool at night. For your convenience, each of our destination's Travel Tips pages states its climate information.

As far as shoes go, sandals/flip-flops are ideal for the beach and around hotel property, but if you plan on doing a lot of shopping, exercising or active tours and excursions, make sure to bring comfortable, closed-toe shoes (these are a requirement for many outdoor excursions) along with clothes that can get dirty and/or muddy. Also, tours and excursions that involve water activities often require water shoes. Many people also bring dress shoes and heels for their eveningwear outfits.

Toiletries & Medicines: Other than your standard "of-course-I'm-bringing-that" items such as shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and razor, a comb and/or brush, hairspray and/or gel, and a toothbrush and toothpaste, you'll want to remember to bring insect repellent, bio-degradable sunscreen (another requirement for water excursions), lip balm with a good SPF rating, dental floss, baby powder, skin moisturizer, hair bands/scrunchies/bobby pins, safety pins, rubber bands, tissues, a small washcloth or hand towel, an eyeglasses repair kit and a small sewing repair kit.

Be sure to pack a small first aid kit in your checked luggage with wet wipes, hand sanitizer, tweezers, small scissors, eye drops, cotton balls, cotton swabs, moleskin, adhesive bandages of various sizes, polysporin, various medicines for mild illnesses (such as headaches, muscle pain, indigestion, heartburn, fevers, and allergies) and especially sunburn ointments. Many people also bring motion sickness medication and ear drops.

Land Gear: Although not necessary, many people like to bring these things with them when on vacation: waist pack/money belt, small backpack for day trips, travel towel, GPS device, portable clock, mini flashlight, handheld fan, small mirror, raincoat/poncho, sleeping mask, travel pillow, earplugs, translator and/or language dictionary, binoculars, clothes pins, stain remover stick, playing cards, extra luggage locks, a portable USB external battery charger and a good book.

Also, it is a good idea to bring a laundry bag or small trash/grocery bags for dirty shoes and wet clothing, and a few smaller resealable plastic storage bags or a waterproof phone pouch for things you don't want to get sand and water in. And don't forget to bring enough power chargers and converters/adapters (if necessary) for all of your electronics!

Water Gear: Some people like to also bring their own beach and water items, such as an underwater camera, snorkeling or SCUBA equipment, swimming goggles and fins, and toys and games for the pool and beach, like sandcastle building toys, frisbees, beach balls, etc. However, beach toys can potentially take up a lot of luggage space, and since these items can be relatively inexpensive, many people purchase these kinds of items at local stores in their destination, and then leave them for other children at the hotel to play with when they return home.

Miscellaneous: Some people, especially those traveling with children, like to bring chewing gum with them on the plane to help their ears pop when the air pressure in the cabin changes due to altitude differences. Also, depending on the amount of shopping you plan on doing, many people bring an empty collapsible suitcase or duffel bag with them so they can have more luggage space for their trip back home. And don't forget to bring a pen on your carry-on luggage to fill out any forms.

A:Every country has their own laws and regulations regarding the flying of drones. Several countries have changed and/or updated their laws recently. In many countries, you need to apply and pay for licenses, permits and/or registration for each drone before you arrive, with all required paperwork completed upon arrival. You will want to research these laws to the best of your ability or risk having your drones seized at customs and/or have to pay a heavy fine. If you do decide to bring a drone, it is a good idea to bring documentation or proof that you purchased it before your arrival to that country, so that you are not charged a duty fee on imported products as you re-enter the U.S., as Customs might think that you purchased it abroad.

Keep in mind that many airlines have strict restrictions and regulations on how you bring your drone onto their plane and how it's packaged, especially when it comes to transporting lithium-ion batteries. Also, many hotels have their own additional rules about flying drones for the safety and privacy of their guests. It is a good idea to inquire with both your airline and hotel about how, and if, you even can bring your drone with you on vacation.

At time of this publishing, Mexico prohibits foreign citizens from flying drones weighing more than .55 lbs., and prohibits flying over people and historical sites, among many other restrictions. In the Dominican Republic, drones weighing over 4.4 lbs. requires a permit, but they still strongly suggest you obtain a permit before your arrival even with smaller drones; additional regulations apply. Recreational drone flying in Aruba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and The Bahamas is legal, and require a permit and registration prior to arrival for all drone use; additional regulations apply. Commercial drone use has its own rules, regulations, and licensing that vary from country to country.

A: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lists items that are prohibited from being packed in carry-on and checked luggage here.*

While You're There

A: Your Local Representative is there to help you with anything you may need during your stay. Their available hours on hotel property may vary daily and by location. Information on how to contact your Local Representative is included in your travel documents.

A: Tours and excursions can be purchased from your Local Representative. Their available hours on hotel property may vary daily and by location. Information on how to contact your local representative is included in your travel documents.

A: Just like any other service provided to you elsewhere, tipping is optional, but often expected and highly appreciated.

A: At time of printing, there is no U.S. federally imposed limit on the amount of alcohol you may bring back with you for personal use, however, there are laws and regulations that vary from state to state. Generally, about one liter of alcohol per person (who are age 21 or older) may enter into the U.S. duty-free. Up-to-date information can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website here, here and here.*

A: Information on duty-free exemptions can be found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, here and here.*

A: Information on bringing back personal use items, such as food, fruits and vegetables, meats, plants and seeds, tobacco and blades, is found on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website.*

A: There are far too many banned items to bring back with you to list here. Thankfully, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) lists restricted and prohibited items here.*

After You've Returned

*Vacation Express cannot guarantee the accuracy of information located on external/third party websites.

Laws, rules, regulations, and restrictions regarding drone use vary widely from country to country and can change often. The restrictions listed on this page are not all-encompassing and may no longer be accurate. Vacation Express takes no responsibility for damage or seizure of your drone(s), any fines or sentencing imposed, or other loss of property or imprisonment due to the failure of you not knowing the laws and/or requirements of the airline you are traveling with or country you are traveling to.


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