Find out about inclement weather or any issues affecting Mexico and the Caribbean.

 

Hurricane Maria - 9/24/17 - 1pm EST

Hurricane Maria is a Category 2 hurricane.  As of 11:00am on Sunday, 9/24, its location was about 475 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC.  On the forecasted track, the core of Maria will be moving well east of the southeast coast of the US during the next day or so.  There are no coastal Watches or Warnings in effect.

For the most current status of Hurricane Maria, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

Airport Closings/Destination Status

San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is already (Thursday, 9/21) receiving military and rescue flights.
  • Port of San Juan is undamaged and receiving relief supplies
  • Clearance from the FAA has been received to resume commercial airlines activities at SJU starting Friday, September 22
  • New York/Long Island power authorities arriving by military aircraft to help re-establish electricity
  • Local government focus in on re-establishing telecom networks
  • Heavy flooding, impassable roads, cell towers down; there is no power on the island except through generators

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • All flights cancelled into St. Croix on Wednesday, 9/20
  • There is limited communication with cell service down and power shut off at 2pm on Tuesday, 9/19
  • West (Frederiksted) and southwest (airport) portions of the island hit hardest, outside of where our customers are staying
  • Mandatory curfew in effect 20 hours per day-4 hours allowed for critical businesses only

For passengers scheduled to travel:  Cancellation and change policies vary by hotel and airline.  If you are scheduled to travel to any of the affected islands in the next few days, please check the website of your airline carrier, see links below.  You can always call CheapCaribbean.com at 1-800-915-BEACH (2322) or email us Reservations@CheapCaribbean.com for additional information.  

Please check with your airline at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure, and again before leaving for the airport.  You can set up automatic flight alerts by visiting your airline’s website and entering your flight number. 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

American Airlines - https://www.aa.com/

Alaska Air - http://www.alaskaair.com/

Cayman Air - https://www.caymanairways.com/

Delta Airlines - https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/advisories.html

Frontier Airlines - http://www.frontierairlines.com

Jet Blue - https://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx

Spirit - https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx /

Sun Country- http://www.suncountry.com/

United Airlines - https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx

 

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center Click Here.

 

Post Hurricane Irma - 9/23/17 - 4pm EST

Special notification for bookings traveling to Sint Maarten/ St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. John:  All hotels in Sint Maarten/St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. John are closed through the upcoming months.  If you are booked to travel to these islands, CheapCaribbean will be contacting you to reschedule your travel arrangements, beginning with bookings scheduled to depart in the next few weeks.  Passengers who are unable to re-book may cancel for a Future Travel Credit.

Should your hotel determine they are unable to accept guests, we will contact you to reschedule or cancel your travel arrangements.

Passengers booked to Caribbean islands at hotels currently not accepting arrivals: Passengers can re-book the same exact vacation for a later travel date.  CheapCaribbean and your hotel will waive change and cancellation fees.  Airline change fees will follow carrier rules.  Passengers who are unable to re-book may cancel for a Future Travel Credit.  CheapCaribbean will be contacting you to reschedule your travel arrangements, beginning with bookings scheduled to depart in the next few weeks.Airport Closings / Destination Status


Sint Maarten/ St. Martin

  • The island has been without electricity since 6:00 am Wednesday, 9/6/17
  • The island suffered extensive damage overall
  • Many hotels are heavily damaged
  • The Sint Maarten Airport (SXM) closed at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 9/5/17
  • Communications with the island is very limited

St. Thomas/ St. John/ St. Croix

  • The core of Irma passed through the islands on Wednesday, 9/6/17
  • The St. Thomas (STT) and St. John (STJ) Airports closed at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 9/5/17
  • St. Thomas and St. John sustained extensive damage; these islands are receiving relief food and supplies through St. Croix military assistance; generators are supplying electricity
  • There will be no inter-island ferry operations until further notice
  • There are limited communications with the islands at this time
  • St. Croix fared better than rest of USVI and was receiving commercial flights as of Friday 9/8/17

 

Mexico Travel Warning

8/23/17

CheapCaribbean.com is closely monitoring the updated travel advisories for different states/regions throughout Mexico. Destinations that previously had no travel warnings now do, these include Quintana Roo (Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum) and Los Cabos. These advisories are not instructing people not to travel to the destination, but rather to be cautious when they do. The tourism board continues to assure travelers that correct measures and resources are in place to reduce the risk of these incidents happening again. We have been and continue to be in frequent contact with our partners in the area to ensure the utmost security and safety of our customers. We appreciate and encourage you to call us anytime at 1-800-915-2322 with any additional questions. You may also visit the Mexico Travel Warning page.

Enhanced Security Measures at Certain Airports Overseas

7/6/17

National Press Release
Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.

 

Ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7

10/15/16

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an emergency order banning all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices from commercial air transportation, effective on October 15, 2016 at noon Eastern Time. Passengers may not travel with this device in any form, whether on their person, in a carry-on bag, in a checked bag or shipped as cargo on any flights to, from or within the United States. The DOT has provided additional information about the ban on their website. If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding. Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.

Zika Virus

1/29/16

The Zika virus, spread to people through mosquito bites has been recently reported in 25 countries, including Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, Martinique, Haiti and Puerto Rico. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) is warning pregnant women against travel to those areas. According to the CDC, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms of the Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika. The CDC advises travelers to take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more.

Additional Information:

World Health Organization
Cancun - Minister of Health
Mexico's Ministry of Health
Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic

 

CheapCaribbean's Zika Virus change and cancellation policy

For pregnant women and their traveling companions:
Some airlines and hotels have implemented relaxed cancellation/change policies for passengers traveling to affected destinations. CheapCaribbean will honor airline and hotel policies. CheapCaribbean will waive the CheapCaribbean per person cancel/change fee, but will enforce any airline or hotel penalties in place at the time of cancellation. Documentation may be required. Booking date must be on or before January 29, 2016 to be applicable for modified cancellation policies.

We are here to assist our customers. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns. To contact a CheapCaribbean representative, please call us at 1-800-915-BEACH (2322).

Hazardous Materials Restrictions

The FAA has issued "Hazardous Materials Restrictions" effective as of Jan. 1, 2015 - Federal law forbids the carriage of hazardous materials aboard aircraft in your luggage or on your person. A violation can result in five years' imprisonment and penalties of $250,000 or more (49 U.S.C. 5124). Hazardous materials include explosives, compressed gases, flammable liquids and solids, oxidizers, poisons, corrosives and radioactive materials. Examples: Paints, lighter fluid, fireworks, tear gases, oxygen bottles, and radio-pharmaceuticals. There are special exceptions for small quantities (up to 70 ounces total) of medicinal and toilet articles carried in your luggage and certain smoking materials carried on your person. Special restrictions and limitations for transporting Hazardous Materials and specifically Lithium Ion batteries, refer to FAA - Pack Safe to learn more. for more information. In the event a carry-on bag cannot be accommodated in the passenger cabin and has to be placed below in a cargo bin for any reason, any electronic device or spare Lithium-ion or any other type of battery permitted in carry-on baggage MUST be removed from the carry-on bag and remain in the possession of the passenger in the passenger cabin. For further information contact your airline representative.

IMPORTANT NEW PASSPORT LAWS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Beach Lovers, if you haven’t had your passport renewed since 2006 or 2007, now’s the time to do so. Why? Because your passport is only good for ten years.tizens entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda carry a passport.

Some countries require that your passport must be valid for more than six months before you can enter. While there are more countries around the world that require this, the beach in our sun ‘n sand universe to which this rule applies is Nicaragua.  Good to know, right?

The Effect on You. The Passport Bureau has experienced a big uptick in applications. We’re talking millions. If you’re planning a beach escape, you don’t want to delay in renewing your passport–it can take up to six weeks.

Read more on our blog.

 

 

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AIRLINE INFORMATION

American Airlines - https://www.aa.com/

Alaska Air - http://www.alaskaair.com/

Cayman Air - https://www.caymanairways.com/

Delta Airlines - https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/advisories.html

Frontier Airlines - http://www.frontierairlines.com

Jet Blue - https://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx

Spirit - https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx /

Sun Country- http://www.suncountry.com/

United Airlines - https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx