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Saturday, June 30, 2018

11 OFWs Illegaly Detained In A Room For 1 Week, Asking For Help

11 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were allegedly being detained by their employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The OFWs had posted a video online asking for help. They claimed they were being held against their will by their employer.
The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that they are aware of the situation and had instructed the concerned recruitment agencies in the Philippines and Riyadh for immediate action on the OFWs' request for repatriation.
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11 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were allegedly being detained by their employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The OFWs had posted a video online asking for help. They claimed they were being held against their will by their employer.  The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that they are aware of the situation and had instructed the concerned recruitment agencies in the Philippines and Riyadh for immediate action on the OFWs' request for repatriation. Advertisement        Sponsored Links      Perlita Serraon, the mother of two of the OFWs, said she had become anxious over the seeming absence of a repatriation effort.    Romeo Ubaldo said he is already suffering from stress worrying that some of the detained OFWs were starting to get sick after being locked inside a room for a week.    Aside from failing to honor their contracts, their employer had also confiscated their documents, including their iqama or work permits.  The OFWs, fearing for their safety, appealed to the government for their repatriation.  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they are looking into the memorandum of understanding between the governments of the Philippines and Saudi Arabia to ensure the protection of the OFWs deployed in the Gulf region. READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?    Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE    Leptospirosis Awareness, Causes And Prevention    Visa-Free entry For Filipinos In Taiwan, Extended Until 2019

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Perlita Serraon, the mother of two of the OFWs, said she had become anxious over the seeming absence of a repatriation effort. 
11 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were allegedly being detained by their employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The OFWs had posted a video online asking for help. They claimed they were being held against their will by their employer.  The Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said that they are aware of the situation and had instructed the concerned recruitment agencies in the Philippines and Riyadh for immediate action on the OFWs' request for repatriation. Advertisement        Sponsored Links      Perlita Serraon, the mother of two of the OFWs, said she had become anxious over the seeming absence of a repatriation effort.    Romeo Ubaldo said he is already suffering from stress worrying that some of the detained OFWs were starting to get sick after being locked inside a room for a week.    Aside from failing to honor their contracts, their employer had also confiscated their documents, including their iqama or work permits.  The OFWs, fearing for their safety, appealed to the government for their repatriation.  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they are looking into the memorandum of understanding between the governments of the Philippines and Saudi Arabia to ensure the protection of the OFWs deployed in the Gulf region. READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?    Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE    Leptospirosis Awareness, Causes And Prevention    Visa-Free entry For Filipinos In Taiwan, Extended Until 2019
Romeo Ubaldo said he is already suffering from stress worrying that some of the detained OFWs were starting to get sick after being locked inside a room for a week.  

Aside from failing to honor their contracts, their employer had also confiscated their documents, including their iqama or work permits.

The OFWs, fearing for their safety, appealed to the government for their repatriation.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that they are looking into the memorandum of understanding between the governments of the Philippines and Saudi Arabia to ensure the protection of the OFWs deployed in the Gulf region.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Visa-Free entry For Filipinos In Taiwan, Extended Until 2019

The visa-free travel program for travelers to Taiwan from neighboring Asian countries like Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei will be extended until  July 2019.
Taiwan started a trial one-year visa-free travel regime for visitors from Thailand and Brunei in August 2016. Filipino tourists were added to the program last November for an initial trial period of nine months.

However, with the new extensions, the number of days travelers from Thailand and Brunei for visiting Taiwan visa-free is reduced from 30 days to 14 days,  just the same as that of travelers from the Philippines currently enjoy.
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The visa-free travel program for travelers to Taiwan from neighboring Asian countries like Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei will be extended until  July 2019. Taiwan started a trial one-year visa-free travel regime for visitors from Thailand and Brunei in August 2016. Filipino tourists were added to the program last November for an initial trial period of nine months.  However, with the new extensions, the number of days travelers from Thailand and Brunei for visiting Taiwan visa-free is reduced from 30 days to 14 days,  just the same as that of travelers from the Philippines currently enjoy. Advertisement        Sponsored Links     The visa-free program is part of the government's effort to increase the number of tourists from countries included in its "New Southbound Policy" covering the 10 Southeast Asian countries, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.  Its purpose is to is aimed to offset a significant slump in tourists from mainland China since 2016 when President Tsai Ying-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office.  Since Taiwan started giving free entry visa for the 18 "Southbound" countries in August 2016, the number of visitors from those countries has significantly risen.  Statistics show that visitors from the Philipines reached to about 290,000 visitors last year, higher than 172,000 the previous year. The number of visitors from Thailand last year was more than 292,000, from 195,000 in 2017.  Malaysians and Singaporeans already enjoy full 30-day visa-free entry to Taiwan, while New Zealanders enjoy full 90-day visa-free entry and Australians enjoy the same on a trial basis until Dec. 31.    Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said there are some 150,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan, mostly in the manufacturing and fisheries sector.    READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?    Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE  Leptospirosis Awareness, Causes And Prevention

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The visa-free program is part of the government's effort to increase the number of tourists from countries included in its "New Southbound Policy" covering the 10 Southeast Asian countries, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.

Its purpose is to is aimed to offset a significant slump in tourists from mainland China since 2016 when President Tsai Ying-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office.

Since Taiwan started giving free entry visa for the 18 "Southbound" countries in August 2016, the number of visitors from those countries has significantly risen.

Statistics show that visitors from the Philipines reached to about 290,000 visitors last year, higher than 172,000 the previous year. The number of visitors from Thailand last year was more than 292,000, from 195,000 in 2017.

Malaysians and Singaporeans already enjoy full 30-day visa-free entry to Taiwan, while New Zealanders enjoy full 90-day visa-free entry and Australians enjoy the same on a trial basis until Dec. 31.


Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said there are some 150,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan, mostly in the manufacturing and fisheries sector.The visa-free travel program for travelers to Taiwan from neighboring Asian countries like Philippines, Thailand, and Brunei will be extended until  July 2019. Taiwan started a trial one-year visa-free travel regime for visitors from Thailand and Brunei in August 2016. Filipino tourists were added to the program last November for an initial trial period of nine months.  However, with the new extensions, the number of days travelers from Thailand and Brunei for visiting Taiwan visa-free is reduced from 30 days to 14 days,  just the same as that of travelers from the Philippines currently enjoy. Advertisement        Sponsored Links     The visa-free program is part of the government's effort to increase the number of tourists from countries included in its "New Southbound Policy" covering the 10 Southeast Asian countries, six South Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.  Its purpose is to is aimed to offset a significant slump in tourists from mainland China since 2016 when President Tsai Ying-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took office.  Since Taiwan started giving free entry visa for the 18 "Southbound" countries in August 2016, the number of visitors from those countries has significantly risen.  Statistics show that visitors from the Philipines reached to about 290,000 visitors last year, higher than 172,000 the previous year. The number of visitors from Thailand last year was more than 292,000, from 195,000 in 2017.  Malaysians and Singaporeans already enjoy full 30-day visa-free entry to Taiwan, while New Zealanders enjoy full 90-day visa-free entry and Australians enjoy the same on a trial basis until Dec. 31.    Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) said there are some 150,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan, mostly in the manufacturing and fisheries sector.    READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?    Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE  Leptospirosis Awareness, Causes And Prevention


Leptospirosis Awareness, Causes And Prevention



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Leptospirosis Awareness, Cause And Prevention

The rainy season is said to be the peak season for getting sick due to the many water-borne diseases that are brought about by the climate. Flooding is also a problem in many areas during rainy days. Cases of diarrhea and dengue rise during this season. Because of flooding, many become victims of leptospirosis as well.
The National Kidney Transplant Institute said that 99 people have already died due to this disease since January.

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Rainy season is said to be the peak season for the pharmacies due to many water-borne diseases that are brought about by the climate. Flooding is also a problem in many areas during rainy days. Diseases like diarrhea and dengue rises during this season. Because of flooding, the victims of leptospirosis rise as well.  National Kidney Transplant Institute said that there are already four people died due to this disease just a few days ago.   Advertisement        Sponsored Links       Leptospirosis is an infection caused by corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Leptospira. Symptoms can range from none to mild such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers; to severe with bleeding from the lungs or meningitis.  Studies show that exposure to flood or swimming in a pool contaminated with rat urine is the known major cause of leptospirosis. Exposure to soil with rat urine can also infect humans.   The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 99 deaths out of 1,030 cases of leptospirosis in different government hospitals in the Philippines from Jan. 1 to June 9, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said as cases of the flood-borne disease rises nationwide.  ,Nine patients taken to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, including those admitted on June 22-27 are among the fatalities, according to Duque. As the cases of leptospirosis continue to grow, they have transformed the hospital gym into an improvised ward and formed a special lane to accommodate the patients, according to NKTI director Rose Marie Liquete.  Duque urged the public to seek immediate treatment when they have a fever or any other symptoms of leptospirosis after wading in flood water.  The DOH is conducting close monitoring, particularly on the regions with rising cases of leptospirosis to determine if there is a need to declare an outbreak of the deadly infection   Duque identified Western Visayas, Caraga, Zamboanga peninsula, National Capital Region and Davao as the five regions with high leptospirosis cases.   To prevent your family from contracting leptospirosis, these tips have to be followed: 1. Avoid exposure to flooded areas. Use boots or any protective gears if you need to. 2. Keep your area clean and free of clutters that attract rats. Observe rodents and rats control. 3. Strengthen your immune system by having a healthy diet.      READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?   Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE

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Leptospirosis is an infection caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Leptospira. Symptoms can range from none to mild such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers; to severe with bleeding from the lungs or meningitis.
Studies show that exposure to flood or swimming in a pool contaminated with rat urine is the known major cause of leptospirosis. Exposure to soil with rat urine can also infect humans.

The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 99 deaths out of the reported 1,030 cases of leptospirosis in different government hospitals in the Philippines from Jan. 1 to June 9, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said as cases of the flood-borne disease rise nationwide.

Nine patients taken to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, including those admitted on June 22-27 are a
mong the fatalities, according to Duque.

As the cases of leptospirosis continue to grow, they have transformed the hospital gym into an improvised ward and formed a special lane to accommodate the patients, according to NKTI director Rose Marie Liquete.


Duque urged the public to seek immediate treatment when they have a fever or any other symptoms of leptospirosis after wading in flood water.

The DOH is conducting close monitoring, particularly on the regions with rising cases of leptospirosis to determine if there is a need to declare an outbreak of the deadly infection
Rainy season is said to be the peak season for the pharmacies due to many water-borne diseases that are brought about by the climate. Flooding is also a problem in many areas during rainy days. Diseases like diarrhea and dengue rises during this season. Because of flooding, the victims of leptospirosis rise as well.  National Kidney Transplant Institute said that there are already four people died due to this disease just a few days ago.   Advertisement        Sponsored Links       Leptospirosis is an infection caused by corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Leptospira. Symptoms can range from none to mild such as headaches, muscle pains, and fevers; to severe with bleeding from the lungs or meningitis.  Studies show that exposure to flood or swimming in a pool contaminated with rat urine is the known major cause of leptospirosis. Exposure to soil with rat urine can also infect humans.   The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a total of 99 deaths out of 1,030 cases of leptospirosis in different government hospitals in the Philippines from Jan. 1 to June 9, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said as cases of the flood-borne disease rises nationwide.  ,Nine patients taken to the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) in Quezon City, including those admitted on June 22-27 are among the fatalities, according to Duque. As the cases of leptospirosis continue to grow, they have transformed the hospital gym into an improvised ward and formed a special lane to accommodate the patients, according to NKTI director Rose Marie Liquete.  Duque urged the public to seek immediate treatment when they have a fever or any other symptoms of leptospirosis after wading in flood water.  The DOH is conducting close monitoring, particularly on the regions with rising cases of leptospirosis to determine if there is a need to declare an outbreak of the deadly infection   Duque identified Western Visayas, Caraga, Zamboanga peninsula, National Capital Region and Davao as the five regions with high leptospirosis cases.   To prevent your family from contracting leptospirosis, these tips have to be followed: 1. Avoid exposure to flooded areas. Use boots or any protective gears if you need to. 2. Keep your area clean and free of clutters that attract rats. Observe rodents and rats control. 3. Strengthen your immune system by having a healthy diet.      READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?    P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?   Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE
Duque identified Western Visayas, Caraga, Zamboanga peninsula, National Capital Region and Davao as the five regions with high leptospirosis cases. 

To prevent your family from contracting leptospirosis, these tips have to be followed:
1. Avoid exposure to flooded areas especially if you have any open cuts or wounds. Use boots or any protective gears if you need to.

2. Keep your area clean and free of clutters that attract rats. Observe rodents and rats control.

3. Strengthen your immune system by having a healthy diet.



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Complete List Of Contacts For OFWs In The UAE


For overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who are currently working or those who are planning to work in the United Arab Emirates, it is important that you know which numbers to call in case of emergency or should you need to get in touch with our embassy and consulate.
Knowledge of these contacts might help you a lot during your stay in the UAE.

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Philippine Offices in Abu Dhabi  Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi +971 2 639 0006 +971 50 813 7836  Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Abu Dhabi +971 56-458-4622  Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Abu Dhabi +971 50-777-4375 +971 56-150-4363 +971 56-104-6040  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Abu Dhabi +971 56-374-8618  Social Security System (SSS) Abu Dhabi +971 50-836-2844  Pag-IBIG Fund Abu Dhabi +971 50-357-6308 +971 56-660-4131  NOTE: For other inquiries, you check other contact details of Philippine offices in Abu Dhabi here.  Philippine offices in Dubai  Philippine Consulate in Dubai +971 56 5015755 +971 56 5015756  POLO Dubai +971 50 652 6626  OWWA Dubai +971 50 558 5536  SSS Dubai +971 56 212 3426  Pag-IBIG Fund Dubai +971 04 220 7221 / +971 56 728 5143   Dubai Philippine Consulate: Al Qusais 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  P.O. Box 94778   Passport Processing:  EMAIL: passport.inquiries@pcgdubai.ae   Civil Registry Unit(CRU)/Report of Birth and Death:  EMAIL: birth@pcgdubai.ae   Notarials:  EMAIL: notarials@pcgdubai.ae   Passport Releasing:  EMAIL: epassportpcgdubai@pcgdubai.ae   Marriage:  EMAIL: marriage@pcgdubai.ae   Visa of foreign national going to Philippines:  EMAIL: visa@pcgdubai.ae   Legal Matters and Assistance to Nationals (ATN):  EMAIL: atn@pcgdubai.ae Mobile # +971 56 5015755/ +971 56 5015756   Cultural and Filcom:  EMAIL: cultural@pcgdubai.ae Important emergency contacts in Dubai  Police 999 Fire Department 997 Ambulance 999 Electricity 991 Water 991  Other important government offices  Dubai Rent Committee – 04-2215555 For rent complaints including excessive rent charges etc.  Dubai Municipality Public Health Department – 04-2232323 For public health and consumer-safety complaints  UAE Consumer Protection Department (CPD) – 04-2954000 For consumer complaints to Dubai Office of CPD, Ministry of Economy  UAE Central Bank – 04-3939777 For banking concerns  Ministry of Labor – 800 665 For labor-related complaints

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Philippine Offices in Abu Dhabi

Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi
+971 2 639 0006
+971 50 813 7836

Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Abu Dhabi
+971 56-458-4622

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Abu Dhabi
+971 50-777-4375
+971 56-150-4363
+971 56-104-6040

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Abu Dhabi
+971 56-374-8618

Social Security System (SSS) Abu Dhabi
+971 50-836-2844

Pag-IBIG Fund Abu Dhabi
+971 50-357-6308
+971 56-660-4131


Philippine offices in Dubai

Philippine Consulate in Dubai
+971 56 5015755
+971 56 5015756

POLO Dubai
+971 50 652 6626

OWWA Dubai
+971 50 558 5536

SSS Dubai
+971 56 212 3426

Pag-IBIG Fund Dubai
+971 04 220 7221 / +971 56 728 5143

Dubai Philippine Consulate:
Al Qusais 3 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
P.O. Box 94778 

Passport Processing:
EMAIL: passport.inquiries@pcgdubai.ae
Civil Registry Unit(CRU)/Report of Birth and Death:
EMAIL: birth@pcgdubai.ae

Notarials:
EMAIL: notarials@pcgdubai.ae
Passport Releasing:
EMAIL: epassportpcgdubai@pcgdubai.ae

Marriage: 
EMAIL: marriage@pcgdubai.ae

Visa of foreign national going to Philippines:
EMAIL: visa@pcgdubai.ae


Legal Matters and Assistance to Nationals (ATN):
EMAIL: atn@pcgdubai.ae
Mobile # +971 56 5015755/ +971 56 5015756

Cultural and Filcom:
EMAIL: cultural@pcgdubai.ae
Important emergency contacts in Dubai

Police 999
Fire Department 997
Ambulance 999
Electricity 991
Water 991

Other important government offices

Dubai Rent Committee – 04-2215555
For rent complaints including excessive rent charges etc.

Dubai Municipality Public Health Department – 04-2232323

For public health and consumer-safety complaints

UAE Consumer Protection Department (CPD) – 04-2954000

For consumer complaints to Dubai Office of CPD, Ministry of Economy
UAE Central Bank – 04-3939777
For banking concerns

Ministry of Labor – 800 665
For labor-related complaints


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Thousands Of Europe Jobs Available For OFWs Soon

Are you planning to work in Europe?
Good news! There are thousands of jobs 
waiting for OFWs in European countries. According to the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI) and the research group Lilac Center for Public Interest, European employers themselves are finding ways to bring OFWs in their country.

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Are you planning to work in Europe? Good news! There are thousands of jobs waiting for OFWs in European countries. According to the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI) and the research group Lilac Center for Public Interest, European employers themselves are finding ways to bring OFWs in their country.    Advertisement      Sponsored Links         Unfortunately, the Philippines has no bilateral agreement and labor offices yet in the parts of Europe that are eager to hire OFWs.     PASEI President Elsie Villa said that the Philippine government should assign POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) officers, labor officers in these countries.     Today, only a handful of OFWs were being sent through local recruitment agencies but the process takes time and is complicated.      The bilateral agreement between the Philippines and European countries regarding OFW welfare is the only thing lacking in order for these countries to hire OFWs.   Poland needs foreign workers in the industries of manufacturing, agriculture, construction, information technology, banking, health and services like hotels and restaurants.  Health workers are "in demand" in countries like Germany and Austria, while manufacturing jobs are available in the Czech Republic.   Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, said that discussions are being done regarding the opening of labor offices in Euro countries. Places with the most number of Filipinos will be the priority.  Bello reiterated that it is very important that a bilateral agreement should be made first before starting to deploy OFWs in the region.  Meanwhile, OFWs are warned not to deal with the third country recruitment scheme. Lilac Center found out that there are illegal recruiters targeting  OFWs in Taiwan and Malaysia because they do not need to go through POEA anymore. Aside from charging the applicants up to half a million pesos, chances are there are no actual jobs that await the victims.    READ MORE: Can A Family Of Five Survive With P10K Income In A Month?    DTI Offers P5K To P200K To Small Business Owners    How Filipinos Can Get Free Oman Visa?    Do You Know The Effects Of Too Much Bad News To Your Body?    Authorized Travel Agency To Process Temporary Visa Bound to South Korea    Who Can Skip Online Appointment And Use The DFA Courtesy Lane For Passport Processing?  P200-Subsidy To Minimum Wage Earners Nationwide— DOLE    80,000 Filipino Seafarers at the Brink Of Losing Jobs?    ©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO  www.jbsolis.com

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Unfortunately, the Philippines has no bilateral agreement and labor offices yet in the parts of Europe that are eager to hire OFWs.


PASEI President Elsie Villa said that the Philippine government should assign POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) officers, labor officers in these countries. 

Today, only a handful of OFWs were being sent through local recruitment agencies but the process takes time and is complicated.


The bilateral agreement between the Philippines and European countries regarding OFW welfare is the only thing lacking in order for these countries to hire OFWs.

Poland needs foreign workers in the industries of manufacturing, agriculture, construction, information technology, banking, health and services like hotels and restaurants.

Health workers are "in demand" in countries like Germany and Austria, while manufacturing jobs are available in the Czech Republic.

 Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, said that discussions are being done regarding the
 opening of labor offices in Euro countries. Places with the most number of Filipinos will be the priority.
Bello reiterated that it is very important that a bilateral agreement should be made first before starting to deploy OFWs in the region.

Meanwhile, OFWs are warned not to deal with the third country recruitment scheme. Lilac Center found out that there are illegal recruiters targeting  OFWs in Taiwan and Malaysia because they do not need to go through POEA anymore. Aside from charging the applicants up to half a million pesos, chances are there are no actual jobs that await the victims.




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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Confused About Airline Baggage Rules? Here's the Ultimate Guide to a Stress-Free Check-In


Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.
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Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality   Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel.     Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. Most airports now have the facility for wrapping, at a cost of course. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them.     Label your luggage accordingly, putting name (initial and family name) as well as city and country of destination -enough to trace your luggage in case of loss. Too many details is a safety and privacy issue.    Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.     Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

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The Allowed Baggage Weight
Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.

First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.


Quality
Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. 

Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. Most airports now have the facility for wrapping, at a cost of course. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. 

Label your luggage accordingly, putting name (initial and family name) as well as city and country of destination -enough to trace your luggage in case of loss. Too many details is a safety and privacy issue.

Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.


Quantity
Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.


Dimensions
Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)
Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.


What about my LCD/LED TV as baggage?
Depending on the size of your LCD/LED TV, if the item fits the specified maximum size, it should also not exceed the standard free baggage allowance mentioned on your ticket. In excess, normal excess baggage charges will be applied or the item may be refused totally. Package quality must also be considered, and some airlines may also ask you to pay for warranty or sign a waiver. The largest TV which was successfully checked-in is 55 inches.


Important Items To Keep
Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.


Check-in Time
Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.


Connecting Flights
Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.

In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.


Dangerous Goods
For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.

Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.

Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.

Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.
Airline baggage rules are becoming increasingly complex and confusing. Airlines apply different rules and fees depending on the number of bags checked, class of travel, frequent flyer status and routes. The most common questions regarding baggage rules are about permissible size, weight and contents. Read below to see the Do's and Don'ts when checking in baggage.  Advertisement       Sponsored Links       The Allowed Baggage Weight  Regarding the weight of one piece of bag, box or package, each item or piece should weigh less than 26kg or 50lbs. This is an international regulation set for the health and safety of airport workers who have to lift hundreds of bags daily. If your bag weighs more than this, you may be asked to repack (or risk being denied check-in), or have it labeled as "heavy luggage" and possibly incur additional baggage cost.    First and Business class passengers, as well as medical patients, can get pack much as 32kg or 70 lbs per bag.      Quantity  Gone were the days when you can pack more than two bags or boxes so long as the total combined weight is within the allowed limit. Airlines today implement the "piece concept." How many pieces can you take? It depends on many factors, including airline, ticket class and route. Generally, two pieces of checked baggage are allowed per passenger.  Each piece must conform with the weight limit stated above. The two-piece concept is of course more common in international flights. Domestic flights usually accept one lighter piece, or no check in at all. Again, refer to your travel agent, ticket or airline for more details.      Quality  Checked-in bags, boxes or packages must be packed neatly. It should be able to maintain its shape throughout the travel. Most airlines and airports will not accept round or irregular-shaped items like baggage wrapped in linen or blankets. Packages must have at least one side flat, so items must be packed accordingly. Items like bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers and golf bags are still allowed, but it is recommended that they be wrapped neatly. This also avoids unnecessary damage to them. Putting nylon or similar cords or ropes around your baggage is also discouraged by airports as they may get tangled in the conveyor systems and cause overall delays.      Dimensions  Aside from the weight factor, each checked-in package must meet a specific dimension. Each bag or box should not exceed 158 cm or 62 inches when adding the dimensions: height + width + length. Similarly, an exceedingly long baggage (more than 205 cm) would require special handling (and possible extra fees).      Traveling with Infants (below 2 yrs old)  Infants are usually not given a seat. Tickets are either free or heavily discounted (up to 90%).  They also get a baggage allowance consisting of one piece 23 kg baggage following the recommended dimensions. An extra baggage of baby trolley or tram is also accepted, though this is mostly the airline's consideration.      Important Items To Keep  Important items like travel documents, jewelries, electronic gadgets(with chargers), cash and maintenance medications must be kept with you (carry-on) and not in your checked-in baggage. You should also pack some extra clothes. Keep your carry on baggage light, as most airlines set the limit to 7 kg. Heavy bags can also cause injury as in some extreme cases where the overhead compartment accidentally opens and spills its contents.          Check-in Time  Check-in times differ from airport to airport, but the customary practice is to check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure for international travel. Destinations where the security is more strict (like USA), would require a minimum of 2 hours check-in time, but the counters will open 4 hours before the scheduled flight. Having no baggage can lessen this amount.      Connecting Flights  Under International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules, when two airlines on a connecting flight differ in their checked baggage allowance, the allowance that applies is the one from the first flight. Your baggage will be transferred automatically to the next airline. IATA represents 280 airlines from 120 countries. That is over 80% pf worldwide air traffic.    In cases where airlines do not have interline agreements (mostly among low-cost airline operators), they will not transfer checked baggage to another airline. You must retrieve your baggage from the first flight and checke in for the connecting flight, with the second airline's baggage allowance applying.      Dangerous Goods  For safety reasons, all knives, sharp objects or cutting implements, whether of metal or other material, must be packed in checked baggage. Some sporting materials are included in the list (darts, javelin, guns) Recently, lithium batteries have been banned from flights, but this is limited to the batteries only. Devices that have lithium batteries (like your mobile phone or laptop) are still allowed. In some cases though, hover boards are banned by some airlines.    Due to varying gun laws, some countries allow guns to be checked in while others have a total ban. Rules on checking-in firearms and ammunition are usually applied to replica firearms as well. Check your country destination in these cases.    Medical syringes, such as for insulin, can be brought inside the cabin. You will need documented proof of the medical need and ensure that the material is professionally packed and labelled.    Any dangerous goods in your hand-carry items, including improperly packed or mislabeled medical items, will be taken away and most likely be disposed of.      Banned Items  Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:    Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.    Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).    Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.    Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.    Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.    Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.    Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.    Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.    Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.    Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.    Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.    Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.

Banned Items
Stuff that are banned will be removed and probably not returned to you. The following are banned on any civilian aircraft and should not even be brought to the airport:

Explosive and incendiary materials: Gunpowder (including black powder and percussion caps), dynamite, blasting caps, fireworks, matches, flares, plastic explosives, grenades, replicas of incendiary devices, and replicas of plastic explosives.

Flammable Items: Gasoline, gas torches, lighter fluid, cooking fuel, other types of flammable liquid fuel, flammable paints, paint thinner, turpentine, aerosols (exceptions for personal care items, toiletries, or medically related items - in limited quantities in containers sized three ounces or smaller).

Gases and pressure containers: Aerosols, carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen.

Oxidizers and organic peroxides: Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits.

Poisons: Weed killers, pesticides, insecticides, rodent poisons, arsenic, and cyanides.

Infectious materials: Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, and bacterial cultures.

Corrosives: Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, and mercury.

Organics: Fiberglass resins, peroxides.

Radioactive materials: There are some exceptions for implanted radioactive medical devices. Contact your airline for details on how to ship other radioactive materials.

Magnetic materials: Strong magnets such as those in some loudspeakers and laboratory equipment.

Marijuana (cannabis): Marijuana in any form is not allowed on aircraft and is not allowed in the secure part of the airport. In addition it is illegal to import marijuana or marijuana-related items into several countries like US or countries in the Middle East.

Other dangerous items: Tear gas, spray paint, swimming pool or spa chlorine, and torch lighters.


Final Note
Always check your booking details for baggage rules and allowance. Remember that details may change anytime. If in doubt, check with the airline directly, through phone or their website. Even travel agencies will have conflicting information. Happy travelling!

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