Thursday, 28 October 2010

Arriving at your Destination

  * As you get ready to leave the cabin make sure that you have completed all arrival documentation that you were given and that you have your passport and baggage claim dockets handy.
    * Remember that countries that rely on agriculture exports and a lack of local pests are serious about their agriculture quarantine. Do not import food and similar products unless you want to cope a big fine - ignorance is no excuse and you could be hit with a large instant fine. This happens particularly in Australia and New Zealand.

    * If your luggage does not reappear on the luggage carousel, confirm that you are at the right carousel. Lodge a claim for the lost bag at the appropriate office before you leave the luggage retrieval area. Do not panic - most luggage is only misplaced, missed the connection rather than gone for ever.

    * As you leave the secure area you may have to brace yourself for the onslaught of taxi touts. The almost universal rule that anyone touting for taxi business at the arrivals area of an airport is not interested in giving you the best price for the trip. Try to use either a bus or shuttle service or a pre-paid taxi voucher, available at the airport which stops all argument regarding route and destination.

    * Before leaving the airport you will also want to acquire some local currency if you don't already have some with you.

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