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TRAVEL TODAY: How to plan your flight

Considerations on how to choose the best option when purchasing a ticket (the lowest fare is not always the most convenient), review the information available after purchasing, Documentation and Visa, Mobile Phone Service, Travel Insurance, Luggage Policy or Vaccination , are key questions when planning your trip without suffering surprises from the beginning.

Flights and reservations

Before purchasing a plane ticket, consider certain options that may be available to you depending on the destination, namely:

- Direct flights, with stops but without change of aircraft, connecting flights with change of aircraft.

- Policy and conditions for rescheduling or cancellation and refund of money, due to uncertainties in the restrictions to leave or enter a country

- If your trip coincides with a high season period, it may be convenient for some destinations to buy the ticket well in advance, weeks or even months. In this way, you avoid the risks of not having availability or paying a very high price.

- Consider the flight duration. When searching for and choosing the flight, the cheapest is not always the best option. In online search engines, when the list of results for your search is returned, you will be able to see in some cases slightly more expensive options but with a much shorter travel time due to shorter stopovers or direct flights.

- Although companies usually notify in the event of a change in flight schedules, it is recommended to check the status of the flight schedule at least 24 hours before departure, either by phone with the airline or with one of the online tools.

- Information available after purchasing the ticket:

* Identity of the airline or companies with which you will travel, depending on whether it is a direct flight, or with stopovers with changes of plane and company.
* Departure and arrival times (and connections) always in local time of each place.
* Flight and waiting time (if there are stopovers)
* Detail of the stopovers (if there is a change of plane).
* Location of check-in and boarding counters (some airports have more than one terminal).
* Name of the destination airport: there are cities that have more than one airport.
* Company policies, baggage and weight limits, whether or not included in the purchase.

- For connecting flights, keep in mind that in some cases you will have to move from one terminal to another (this usually happens in large airports).

- Even if you have to check luggage, some companies require you to check in online and print your boarding pass or download it to your mobile phone.

Documentation and Visa

Before heading to the airport it is always necessary to review the documentation to avoid headaches later. In addition to the ticket or boarding pass or reservation copy, and the money and credit cards, check the appropriate personal identification documentation for the trip you are going to make and type of visa, if necessary. Learn More

Mobile Phone Service

Depending on your destination, your telephone provider may not cover the region where you are going or it may involve a very large roaming expense. Therefore, for these cases, analyze the possibility of contracting a local mobile service or opting for global mobile data services, such as HolaFly , HolaSim , Ubigi , Airalo, among others.

Traveler Insurance

It is vitally important to take out travel assistance insurance that includes coverage for personal assistance, theft, accident, illness, health care or altercations with luggage. Learn More


Always take into account the luggage conditions included in your plane ticket. And in this sense, review the following issues: Limit of baggage to be checked, Excess baggage, hand luggage, Limitation and exclusion of liability of the airline, Prohibited items in hand luggage, pets and domestic animals, Incidents with Baggage Learn More


Although the WHO (World Health Organization) announced the end of the Coronavirus health emergency on May 5, 2023, the virus is still valid and therefore it is advisable to consider certain issues.

Please, before going to the airport to begin your trip, make sure you do not have symptoms of Covid-19. Don't forget the mask as some airlines may still require it or at airports in some countries. Additionally, some destinations may still require a negative PCR test taken within the last 48 hours before the flight. Make sure you have the complete vaccination certificate because there are countries that still require it, including a translation into the language of the host country or, failing that, English.

If you are not vaccinated, you should carefully review the conditions with the consulate of the destination country since in some cases they may still be very strict with this condition.

At the same time, in certain countries or regions, vaccination is requested against other diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria, triple viral, etc.

Always remember when traveling abroad to check the entry requirements to the destination country, as they may vary depending on your origin or nationality. We recommend that you arrive at the airport well in advance since due to different security measures, it is possible that the time until boarding is longer than usual. For international flights, arrive at least 3 hours in advance.


- Entrances and exits to/from the United States

- Entry/Exit System (EES)


Commonwealth citizens and British nationals (overseas)

MERCOSUR: South American Common Market


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