Monthly Archives: July 2016

In Some Countries Pokémon Go Can Get you Arrested, Injured or Killed

Catching Pikachu in some countries can be dangerous


Is there ANYONE who hasn’t heard of Pokémon Go? It is everywhere in the US and around the world.  And that creates some interesting problems for travelers to other countries.

We have all heard about the stories of Pokémon Go players in the US being in car crashes , falling off cliffs, trespassing on the grounds of a nuclear power plant, and even trying to play the game at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

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6 Rules to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe During Travel

Keep your credit cards and credit history safe


If your credit card doesn’t work, your international trip will get off to a bad start. If you lose your card and don’t know what to do, your trip and your credit rating could be in trouble.

Here are 6 rules to keep your card safe when you travel to another country.

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Update to Evacuation of US Citizens from Southern Sudan

Send in the troops


Earlier today I wrote about the evacuation of US citizens from Juba, South Sudan. The US Embassy arranged for two charter flights for US citizens to depart Juba on July 14.

There are now reports that the US has deployed 47 troops to protect the US Embassy and assist in the evacuation of US citizens.    The troops are most likely from the US Marine Corps’ crisis-response force in Spain

There are no commercial flights in and out of Juba but charter flights continue to evacuate aid workers and other foreign citizens.

Will the US chartered flight will be able to land tomorrow or will they need US military aircraft to evacuate the US citizens?

Let me mention that the US embassy is evacuating all ‘non-essential” personnel. This means that the ‘essential’ personnel will remain at the embassy.  That is why the troops have the mission to protect the embassy.*


Stay safe and travel far


* I was one of the ‘essential’ personal who remained in Suva, Fiji in 2000 during a coup when the US Embassy evacuated ‘non-essential’ personal, including my family.


Evacuation of US Citizens

Last one on board pull up the ladder


I’ve spoken before about when the situation is so bad the US Embassy assists US citizens to evacuate a country. Southern Sudan has become the most recent example.

Emergency message

Today, the US Embassy in Juba, Southern Sudan issued an emergency message to all US citizens about evacuation flights from Juba.

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Mobile Passport Control Makes US Entry Process Faster

US Customs app speeds airport process for US citizens


The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has a fast new way for travelers entering the US. It is called Mobile Passport Control (MPC). It is the first app authorized by the US government for traveler entry into the US.

What it does

Mobile Passport Control (MPC) is an authorized CBP smartphone and tablet app for US and Canadian citizens. MPC, an automated process for going through the Customs arrival procedure, makes the entry process faster.

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