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    What is Global Entry? (Part 1)

    May 01, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.*

    Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.

    At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.

    Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.

    While Global Entry’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. Any violation of… Read More

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    Traveler's Checklist: Travel Smart. Travel Safe. Travel Well.

    May 22, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Department of State.* Before traveling abroad, make sure to:  - GET INFORMED about your destination at Travel Destination Information, and plan for the unexpected at Travel Crisis Alerts.  - GET REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, such as your passport and visas.  - GET ENROLLED in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive security and emergency alerts.  - GET INSURED for…
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    How to Apply for the U.S. Global Entry Program (Part 3)

    May 15, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible for Global Entry. We've added a link at the bottom of this post that you can use to check your eligibility for the program. Before you apply, make sure you are eligible for Global Entry. It’s easy. Just follow these steps: 1. Create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account.…
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    Are You Eligible for Global Entry? (Part 2)

    May 08, 2019 by Staff Writer

    * The following post was reproduced from an official notice from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.* U.S. citizens, U.S. lawful permanent residents and citizens of the following countries are eligible for Global Entry membership:  o Citizens of Argentina  o Citizens of India  o Citizens of Colombia  o Citizens of United Kingdom  o Citizens of Germany  o Citizens of Panama  o Citizens of Singapore  o Citizens of South Korea  o Citizens…
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    Caribbean Rum Punch Recipe

    October 25, 2017 by Desiree Lowe

    It’s pretty impossible to visit the Caribbean and not encounter some form of Rum Punch. It’s a classic Caribbean cocktail that celebrates our rich history as being the birthplace of rum. Many hotels will offer this cocktail as a welcome drink on arrival, and even various excursions will have their own secret recipe that they will offer you as refreshment while you tour the island. The ingredients may vary slightly from island to island, but if you follow the recipe below, you’ll…
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    A Useful Lesson from Visiting Santo Domingo & Punta Cana, DR

    October 18, 2017 by Brittany Chenelle

      Having traveled to Haiti several times, my fiance Dimy and I decided to take a trip over the border to explore the Dominican Republic. We planned to stay a few days in Santo Domingo, and continue to Punta Cana for the grand finale of our trip. The experience that I got in Santo Domingo vs. Punta Cana gave me two different views of the Dominican Republic. It is always important to prioritize seeing different cities within a country you are…
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    Five Spots to Find Fantastic Food In Speightstown, Barbados

    October 09, 2017 by Esther Lee Leach

    Located on the northwest coast of Barbados, Speightstown is a charming place with delicious Caribbean food sold in local restaurants and beach bars. Here are five of the best spots to satisfy your craving for fried fish, curry or sweet bread. 1. Fisherman’s Pub : If you’re looking for some authentic Bajan food, the Fisherman’s Pub should be your first stop. Mouthwatering fried fish, fish cakes, macaroni pie and plantains are just some of the menu items…
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    Banding Together: How You Can Help Hurricane Recovery

    September 13, 2017 by Katelyn Dramis

    In the last three weeks, we’ve seen multiple devastating hurricanes causing widespread damage and destruction throughout the Caribbean and the United States. First, there was Harvey, which hit the eastern Caribbean as a tropical storm, and then caused catastrophic flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Then came Irma, a Category 5 hurricane that has caused massive destruction to several Caribbean islands. John Obbagy, a villa manager on St. John told CNN, “About 80 percent of all…
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    The 5 Best Hiking Trails in the Caribbean

    September 11, 2017 by Caribbean BlueBook

      The diversified landscape of the Caribbean islands gives travelers the opportunity to partake in all sorts of adventures. If you have had your fair share of time soaking up the sun on the white sand beaches, why not head to the mountains? Some of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets are its untouched rainforests and hiking trails, perfect for those who seek the rewarding mix of exertion and relaxation. 1. Gros Piton, Saint Lucia Read More

    Experience Barbados From Coast To Coast

    September 05, 2017 by Desiree Lowe

      One of the first things I usually think about when planning a trip to any destination, is where I will stay. Sometimes you want to be in the midst of all the action and other times you want to stay off the beaten track. When planning a trip to Barbados, you may find yourself faced with this dilemma. Even though it is a relatively small island, each coast offers you a different experience. Depending on what you want out of your Barbados holiday, you may choose to stay in one area…
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    Essential Caribbean Travel Items

    August 30, 2017 by Lisa Banks

      I have heard people say, “All I took on my trip to the Caribbean was a toothbrush and bathing suit." While there are those who can do just that, I am not one of them. I know that I can not be the only one who finds this impossible, so I decided to put together a must-have items list for travel to the Caribbean. When packing, you want all of your needs covered, but you do not want to get stuck lugging a two-ton suitcase around with you either. With the burden of baggage…
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