Important travel advice
South Africa enforce new rules on travelling with children
From 1 October 2014, children travelling in and out of South Africa will be required to carry an unabridged birth certificate as well as a valid passport, under new regulations aimed at improving the safety of children.
The regulations came into effect at the end of May, but the Department of Home Affairs has delayed their implementation until 1 October, to make allowance for families who have already made plans for the upcoming school holidays.
The rules are aimed at improving the safety of children. The department has urged citizens and foreign nationals to apply for unabridged birth certificates, which reflect the particulars of both parents, in good time in order to avoid possible delays to their travel plans. It can take up to six to eight weeks for an unabridged birth certificate application to be processed.
Dubai City Tax
Dubai is introducing a compulsory 'Tourist Dirham' tax levied on all booked hotel accommodation. This tax is to be paid directly at the hotel by the guest before the end of their stay.
The new tax will be applicable from 31st March 2014.
All existing bookings made prior to this date with arrivals from 31st March will NOT be exempt.
The Fees are as follows:
- AED 20.00 PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 5 star hotels and deluxe hotel apartments.
- AED 15.00 PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 4 star hotels, superior hotel apartments and deluxe holiday homes.
- AED 10.00 PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 3 and 2 star hotels, standard hotel apartments and standard holidays homes.
- AED 7.00 PER ROOM PER NIGHT for stays in 1 star hotels and guest houses.
For more information please contact the Netflights.com travel team on 01772 386386 and they will happily assist you.
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