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Most discounted tickets, including business class, are NON-REFUNDABLE or are refundable less a penalty fee. Changes to date/time usually incur a penalty fee. Check your invoice for details pertaining to your tickets.

An administrative agency fee of $ 100.00 per transaction, per person, will be charged over and above airline/consolidator fees, for reissues and exchanges.

If you experience a travel emergency related to delayed or cancelled flights, missed onward connections, lost baggage or experience problems at check-in, please contact us immediately so we can do our utmost to assist you. The quicker we are alerted to your problem, the easier it is for us to try and assist you.


Before contacting our offices, you must file a claim with the airline at your final destination. Airline regulations stipulate that the last airline to transport you and your baggage is the airline responsible for ensuring its delivery. The claim MUST be filed within 24 hours of arrival

Ensure you obtain a file reference number from the airline – generally the format is city/airline/reference number (a series of 5 letters followed by 5 numbers) – for example, if you traveled on Delta Airlines to Johannesburg and you filed the claim in Johannesburg, your reference would be JNBDL12345.

We are UNABLE to assist in tracking your baggage if you do not obtain a file reference number.

To expedite the process of tracking – please email or text us a copy of the baggage tag relating to the missing item (see contact numbers/email on next page.)

Blue Ribbon Bags – a baggage tracking service, which is included as part of our service to you.

AND OBTAIN A LOST BAGGAGE FILE REFERENCE NUMBER. You WILL NOT be able to file a claim with Blue Ribbon Bags without obtaining the airline lost baggage file reference number.

Note – Baggage file reference numbers are ALWAYS in the format of city/airline/reference number (a series of 5 letters followed by 5 numbers). Do not leave the claim area until you have a correct file reference number. If the reference number is not in this format it is not a valid claim number.



1. Ensure you are in possession of a valid US passport which has a validity of at least 6 months beyond your intended stay and has at least two blank visa pages (excludes endorsement pages)

2. Ensure you are in possession of any necessary entry visa to the country you are traveling to. Most countries do not require an entry visa or the visa may be obtained on arrival (Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia for example), however there are some countries which require an application for an entry visa prior to departure from the US (Cameroon, Central African Republic and Mozambique for example). If you are uncertain please check with your agent for details

3. Ensure you have any required immunizations and anti-malarial prophylaxis.
a. A valid Yellow Fever Certificate is required for all passengers originating from or transiting through WHO-designated yellow fever countries. For a list of said countries visit this website –

4. Original US Customs form 4457 and any relevant firearms permits, transit permits

5. Travel Insurance – if you have not yet purchased travel insurance (we automatically sent you a quote after your tickets were issued) we highly recommend you do so now. Contact Fred Salinas at or call the office on 210-858 9833.


More and more airlines are starting to charge a handling fee for the carriage of firearms, these include Lufthansa, Swiss International, Air Namibia, Air Canada and British Airways. Please check your final itinerary for any additional costs which may be charged by the airline at check-in.


1. Check-in for all international flights a minimum of 3 hours prior to scheduled departure

2. Declare firearms and ammunition to check-in agent
a. Ammunition must be separated from weapons and packed within checked luggage but must be properly secured in a lockable ammunition case or solid box. No ammunition may be packed loosely in checked baggage.
b. For travel to/via South Africa we strongly recommend ammunition be packed in a lockable/hard-sided case which can be checked in as a separate baggage item, if required by the airline.

3. Keep baggage tags readily at hand and make a note at to which tag related to the gun case. We highly recommend you take a picture of your baggage tags so you always have a copy.

4. For most itineraries, you must ensure your baggage and gun case are tagged to your final destination. If you have an overnight in Johannesburg, ensure your baggage/gun case is checked and tagged to Johannesburg only, city code JNB. CHECK YOUR BAGGAGE tags BEFORE leaving the check-in area, and make sure they are tagged to the correct city.

5. If you are connecting from a domestic US flight to an international airline, in most cases you will check your baggage and gun case to the departure city of the international airline where you will claim and recheck. This is often for security reasons as the airline requires staff to inspect the firearms/ammunition prior to loading onto the aircraft. Please check your itinerary for specific information related to your itinerary and the airlines you are traveling on.

6. NOTE: American Airlines has a policy that does not permit the transfer of firearms and ammunition to another airline. If you are traveling on American Airlines and making an onward connection on another airline your firearms/ammunition will be checked to the American Airlines final arrival city, where you must claim and recheck with your onward airline. Ensure you are in possession of any necessary permits/documentation for the transit country/city.

7. NOTE: JetBlue Airways will not through-check firearms to another airline with even though they have an interline baggage agreement, such as South African Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines. In these cases, JetBlue will check the gun case to their flight termination city where you must claim and recheck with the onward airline.

8. Before heading to the gate and clearing TSA security we highly recommend you obtain verbal acknowledgment from a uniformed TSA agent your firearms have cleared security.


Ensure your baggage/gun case is checked and tagged to your final destination within the US.

If you have three flights or less there should be no problem in having your baggage/gun case checked to your final destination. If you have more than three flights you may have the agent advise you they are unable to check your baggage other than to your first point of entry into the US. Baggage tags only permit up to three connecting flights and a fourth, fifth or sixth flight requires a second tag for each bag be printed and most check-in agents/airlines will not print the second tag (for reasons we cannot fathom – though we speculate it is for automatic baggage scanning reasons). Insist the agent check to your final destination and print two tags for each bag.

If your baggage is not checked through to your final destination you may not be able to re-check your baggage at the transfer desk on arrival into the US after clearing immigration and customs, and may be required to proceed to the regular check-in desks.

All passengers must clear US Immigration and Customs at the first point of entry into the United States. On arrival follow signs to US Immigration. Clear immigration and proceed to baggage claim. Claim your baggage and your firearms exit through customs. US Customs agent may request prior proof of ownership of your firearms – show them customs form 4457. After clearing customs hand your baggage in at the transfer desk and proceed through TSA Security back into the terminal. Check flight monitors for updated terminal and gate information.


If you are returning into the US through JFK International, please note the following:

1. If you are connecting to an airline that does not operate out of Terminal 4 – you will be required to claim your baggage and gun case, transfer to the new departure terminal and recheck your baggage and gun case with the onward airline. You will not be able to hand your baggage/gun case in at the baggage transfer desk
2. If you are connecting at Terminal 4 (Delta or Virgin America) make sure you obtain an “all clear” from an airline representative or TSA representative before departing the transit area. TSA/Port Authority are required to examine your firearms at this time – so you want to make sure this has been done.


The US regulations for traveling with sporting weapons and ammunition reads:

The United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 22 Part 121.1 (The United Stated Munitions List) under Category I (a) defines those firearms that are permitted temporary export out of the US for hunting and listed as “Non- automatic and semi-automatic firearms to caliber .50 inclusive (12.7mm).

Title 22 Part 123.17 (Exports of Firearms and Ammunition) allows the export of Category I(a) firearms and reads (in part) as follows :

§123.17 Exports of firearms, ammunition, and personal protective gear.
(b) Port Directors of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall permit the export without a license of nonautomatic firearms covered by Category I(a) of §121.1 of this subchapter if they were manufactured in or before 1898, or are replicas of such firearms.

(c) Port Directors of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall permit U.S. persons to export temporarily from the United States without a license not more than three nonautomatic firearms in Category I(a) of §121.1 of this subchapter and not more than 1,000 cartridges therefor, provided that:

(1) The person declares the articles to a CBP officer upon each departure from the United States, presents the Internal Transaction Number from submission of the Electronic Export Information in the Automated Export System per
§123.22 of this subchapter, and the articles are presented to the CBP officer for inspection; **

(2) The firearms and accompanying ammunition to be exported is with the individual’s baggage or effects, whether accompanied or unaccompanied (but not mailed); and

(3) The firearms and accompanying ammunition must be for that person’s exclusive use and not for reexport or other transfer of ownership. The person must declare that it is his intention to return the article(s) on each return to the United States. The foregoing exemption is not applicable to the personnel referred to in §123.18 of this subchapter.

(d) Port Directors of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall permit a foreign person to export without a license such firearms in Category I(a) of §121.1 of this subchapter and ammunition therefor as the foreign person brought into the United States under the provisions of 27 CFR 478.115(d). (The latter provision specifically excludes from the definition of importation the bringing into the United States of firearms and ammunition by certain foreign persons for specified purposes.)

(e) Port Directors of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall permit U.S. persons to export without a license ammunition for nonautomatic firearms referred to in paragraph (a) of this section if the quantity does not exceed 1,000 cartridges (or rounds) in any shipment. The ammunition must also be for personal use and not for resale or other transfer of ownership. The foregoing exemption is also not applicable to the personnel referred to in §123.18.

** There is a temporary suspension of the implementation of this regulation as posted on the US Customs and Border Protection website which reads as follows:

Traveling outside of the U.S. – Temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting purposes

What is the process for a traveler temporarily taking a firearm, rifle, gun, shotgun or ammunition abroad for hunting or sports-related purposes?

Current export regulations issued by the Department of State require travelers to file electronic export information (EEI) for temporary export of personally owned firearms via the Automated Export System (AES) prior to departure from the U.S.
CBP is aware of issues that travelers are having with the implementation of this regulation and is working to ensure that no traveler attempting to legally take their firearm out of the country experiences significant delays or incurs additional cost.

In the interim, CBP will continue to follow their long standing practice of issuing and certifying a Certificate of Registration (CBP Form 4457). During this time, when a traveler contacts CBP to register their firearm for export and reentry, CBP will:
Complete a CBP Form 4457 to ensure a problem-free return to the U.S., and provide a fact sheet about the regulation and how to comply in the interim.
If you need to complete a form 4457 in the course of your travel, please give yourself enough time to do so, 2-3 hours is a good estimate. You also have the option of registering in advance at a CBP Port of Entry. Once the CBP 4457 is completed, it can be used repeatedly for that particular firearm.

CBP advises travelers to become familiar with the import requirements of the foreign country(s) that they may be traveling through or visiting. Those countries may have more restrictive laws and regulations regarding the use of firearms within their countries. For many countries that do allow the temporary importation of firearms, the CBP Form 4457 is required for entry of a U.S. owned firearm into their country. (Canada does not require it, but it does facilitate the temporary importation. Be sure to become familiar with Canada’s import requirements.)
Please note, if you are taking ammunition, and there is a possibility you will not use it all and would like to re-import it, your 4457 should reflect the kind of ammunition you are departing with.
Upon returning to the United States, the traveler will make a regular declaration regarding the personal effects and goods that they are carrying and ensure that they declare any firearms and ammunition.

To satisfy the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives requirements for the re- importation of a firearm please refer to 27 CFR 478.115(a). The ATF regulations allow for the use of the CF 4457 upon re-importation, and does not require an approved import permit (ATF-6), provided that CBP is satisfied that the firearm was previously exported from the United States and is now being returned.

To establish such proof, a bill of sale, receipt, copy of ATF Form 4473, household effects inventory, packing list, or registration on Customs Forms 4457 or 4455 may be used, if the registration form is completed prior to departure from the U.S. For military personnel, a properly executed Department of Defense Form 12521 signed by either the serviceman’s commanding officer or an authorized Customs officer may be used. The acceptability of such proof is within the purview of the Customs officials at the port of entry

Transporting Firearms and Ammunition

You may transport unloaded firearms in a locked hard-sided container as checked baggage only. Declare the firearm and/or ammunition to the airline when checking your bag at the ticket counter. The container must completely secure the firearm from being accessed. Locked cases that can be easily opened are not permitted. Be aware that the container the firearm was in when purchased may not adequately secure the firearm when it is transported in checked baggage.
Contact the TSA Contact Center with questions you have regarding TSA firearm regulations and for clarification on what you may or may not transport in your carry-on or checked baggage.

• When traveling, comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international governments.
• Declare each firearm each time you present it for transport as checked baggage. Ask your airline about limitations or fees that may apply.
• Firearms must be unloaded and locked in a hard-sided container and transported as checked baggage only. Only the passenger should retain the key or combination to the lock.
• Firearm parts, including magazines, clips, bolts and firing pins, are prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
• Replica firearms, including firearm replicas that are toys, may be transported in checked baggage only.
• Rifle scopes are permitted in carry-on and checked baggage.

United States Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 44, firearm definitions includes: any weapon (including a starter gun) which will, or is designed to, or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; and any destructive device. As defined by 49 CFR 1540.5 a loaded firearm has a live round of ammunition, or any component thereof, in the chamber or cylinder or in a magazine inserted in the firearm.

• Ammunition is prohibited in carry-on baggage, but may be transported in checked baggage.
• Firearm magazines and ammunition clips, whether loaded or empty, must be securely boxed or included within a hard-sided case containing an unloaded firearm. Read the requirements governing the transport of ammunition in checked baggage as defined by 49 CFR 175.10 (a)(8).
• Small arms ammunition, including ammunition not exceeding .75 caliber and shotgun shells of any gauge, may be carried in the same hard-sided case as the firearm.

Conditions of contract and other important notices ­ General(English)



NOTICE of Liability Limitations

The Montreal Convention or the Warsaw Convention system may be applicable to your journey and these Conventions govern and may limit the liability of air carriers for death or bodily injury, for loss of or damage to baggage, and for delay.

Where the Montreal Convention applies, the limits of liability are as follows:
1. There are no financial limits in respect of death or bodily injury.
2. In respect of destruction, loss of, or damage or delay to baggage, 1,131 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 1,200; US $1,800) per passenger in most cases.
3. For damage occasioned by delay to your journey, 4,694 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 5,000;
US $7,500) per passenger in most cases.

EC Regulation No. 889/2002 requires European Community carriers to apply the provisions of the Montreal Convention limits to all carriage by them of passengers and their baggage by air. Many non­European Community carriers have elected to do so in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage.

Where the Warsaw Convention system applies, the following limits of liability may apply:
1. 16,600 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 20,000; US $20,000) in respect of death or bodily injury if the Hague Protocol to the Convention applies, or 8,300 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 10,000; US
$10,000) if only the Warsaw Convention applies. Many carriers have voluntarily waived these limits in their entirety, and US regulations require that, for journeys to, from or with an agreed stopping place in the US, the limit may not be less than US $75,000.
2. 17 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 20; US $20) per kg for loss of or damage or delay to checked
baggage, and 332 Special Drawing Rights (approximately EUR 400; US $400) for unchecked baggage.
3. The carrier may also be liable for damage occasioned by delay.

Further information may be obtained from the carrier as to the limits applicable to your journey. If your journey involves carriage by different carriers, you should contact each carrier for information on the applicable limits of liability.

Regardless of which Convention applies to your journey, you may benefit from a higher limit of liability for loss of, damage or delay to baggage by making at check­in a special declaration of the value of your baggage and paying any supplementary fee that may apply. Alternatively, if the value of your baggage exceeds the applicable limit of liability, you should fully insure it before you travel.

Time limit for action: Any action in court to claim damages must be brought within two years from the date of arrival of the aircraft, or from the date on which the aircraft ought to have arrived. Baggage claims: Written notice to the carrier must be made within 7 days of the receipt of checked baggage in the case of damage, and, in the case of delay, within 21 days from the date on which it was placed at the disposal of the passenger.

Notice of Contract Terms Incorporated by Reference

1. Your contract of carriage with the carrier that provides you with carriage by air, whether international, domestic or a domestic portion of an international journey is subject to this notice; to any notice or receipt of the carrier; and to the carrier’s individual terms and conditions (Conditions), related rules, regulations and policies (Regulations) and any applicable tariffs.

2. If your carriage is by more than one carrier, different Conditions, Regulations and any applicable tariffs may apply for each carrier.

3. The Conditions, Regulations and any applicable tariffs of each carrier are, by this notice, incorporated by reference into and made part of your contract of carriage.

4. The Conditions may include, but are not restricted to:

Conditions and limits on the carrier’s liability for the bodily injury or death of passengers.
Conditions and limits on the carrier’s liability for the loss of, damage to or delay of goods and baggage, including fragile or perishable goods.
Rules for declaring a higher value for baggage and for paying any supplementary fee that may apply. Application of the carrier’s Conditions and limits of liability to the acts of the carrier’s agents, servants and representatives, including any person providing either equipment or services to the carrier.
Claims restrictions, including time limits by which passengers must file claims or bring actions against the carrier.
Rules about reconfirmations or reservations; check in times; the use, duration and validity of air transportation services; and the carrier’s right to refuse carriage.
Rights of the carrier and limits on the carrier’s liability for delay or failure to perform a service, including schedule changes, substitution of alternative carriers or aircraft and re­routing, and, when required by applicable law, the obligation of the carrier to notify passengers of the identity of the operating carrier or substituted aircraft.
Rights of the carrier to refuse carriage to passengers who fail to comply with applicable laws or who fail to present all necessary travel documents.

5. You can obtain more information about your contract of carriage, and find out how to request a copy, at places where transportation on the carrier is sold. Many carriers also have this information on their websites. When required by applicable law, you have the right to inspect the full text of your contract of carriage at the carrier’s airport and sales offices, and upon request, to receive a copy by mail or other delivery service from each carrier free of charge.

6. If a carrier sells air transportation services or checks baggage specifying carriage on another carrier, it does so only as agent for the other carrier.



DENIED BOARDING: Flights may be overbooked, and there is a slight chance that a seat will not be available on a flight even if you have a confirmed reservation. In most circumstances, if you are denied boarding involuntarily, you are entitled to compensation. When required by applicable law, the carrier must solicit volunteers before anyone is denied boarding involuntarily. Check with your carrier for the complete rules on payment of denied boarding compensation (DBC) and for information on the carrier’s boarding priorities.

BAGGAGE: Excess valuation may be declared on certain types of articles. Carriers may apply special rules for fragile, valuable, or perishable articles. Check with your carrier. Checked Baggage: Carriers may permit a free checked baggage allowance, which is set by the carrier and may differ by class, and/or route. Carriers may apply extra charges for checked baggage in excess of their permitted allowance. Check with your carrier. Cabin (Unchecked) Baggage: Carriers may permit a free cabin baggage allowance, which is set by the carrier and may differ by class, route, and/or aircraft type. It is recommended that cabin baggage be kept to a minimum. Check with your carrier. If more than one carrier is providing the transportation for your journey, each carrier may apply different rules on baggage (both checked and cabin). SPECIAL BAGGAGE LIABILITY LIMITATIONS FOR US TRAVEL: For domestic travel wholly between US points, federal rules require any limit on a carrier’s baggage liability to be at least US$3300.00 per passenger, or the amount currently mandated by 14 CFR 254.5.

CHECK­IN TIMES. The time shown on the itinerary/receipt is the departure time of the aircraft. Flight departure time is not the same as the time you must check­in or the time you must be available for boarding. Your carrier may refuse you
carriage if you are late. Check­in times, as advised by your carrier, are the latest times at which passengers can be accepted for travel; boarding times, as advised by your carrier, are the latest times at which passengers must present themselves for boarding.

DANGEROUS GOODS (HAZARDOUS MATERIALS). For safety reasons, dangerous goods must not be packed in checked or cabin (unchecked) baggage except as specifically permitted. Dangerous goods include but are not limited to: compressed gases, corrosives, explosives, flammable liquids and solids, radioactive materials, oxidising materials, poisons, infectious substances, and briefcases with installed alarm devices. For security reasons, other restrictions may apply.
Check with your carrier.

Do not pack or carry onboard the items pictured below without checking with your carrier.

Translations and other useful travel information are available on the IATA website:

Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD) ­ Terms and Definitions ­ General(English.)

This document is not valid unless properly validated.

If air carriage is provided for hereon, this document must be exchanged for a ticket and at such time prior to departure as may be required by the rules and regulations of the carrier to whom the document is directed.

If this document is issued in respect to baggage, the passenger must also have a passenger ticket and bag­ gage check, since this document is not the baggage check described by Article 4 of The Hague Protocol or The Warsaw Convention as amended by the Hague Protocol, 1955 or the Baggage Identification Tag described by Article 3 of the Montreal Convention 1999.

This document is not transferable and neither the issuer nor any carrier nor any person supplying the non­air carriage services provided for hereon shall be liable to the purchaser or person named on the face hereof in the event of the loss or theft of this document, or if it is honoured when presented by any person other than the person named hereon.

This document and any carriage or services for which it provides are subject to the currently effective and applicable tariffs, conditions of carriage, rules and regulations of the issuer and of the carrier to whom it is directed and of any carrier performing carriage or services under the ticket or tickets issued in exchange for this order, and to all the terms and conditions under which non­ air carriage services are arranged, offered or provided, as well as the laws of the country wherein these services are arranged, offered or provided.

In issuing this document, the issuer acts only as agent for the carrier or carriers furnishing the carriage or the person arranging or supplying the services described hereon and the issuer shall not be liable for any loss, injury, damage or delay which is occasioned by such carrier or person, for which results from such carrier or person performing or failing to perform the carriage or other services, or from such carrier or person failing to honour this document.

The honouring carrier or person providing services re­ serves the right to obtain authorisation from the issuing carrier prior to honouring this document.

The use of the term issuer, carrier or person includes all owners, subsidiaries and affiliates of such issuer, carrier or person and any person with whom such issuer, carrier or person has contracted to perform the carriage or services provided for hereon.

The acceptance of this document by the person named on the face hereof, or by the person purchasing this document on behalf of such named person, shall be deemed to be consent to and acceptance by such person or persons of these conditions.