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About oscar

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    San Juan Capistrano, CA
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    golf, outdoors, movies and TV
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    Nov 2004
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    Cape Town
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  1. Here is the link to the Non stop flight to Cape Town : https://www.cntraveler.com/story/united-returns-to-africa-with-a-direct-flight-to-cape-town Just a tip to passengers currently flying out of Johannesburg to USA - The only way to take water or sodas with you on the flight, is to purchase water at the Duty Free liquor store. The water and whatever else you buy is sealed in a plastic bag and delivered to your gate. Don't purchase any last minute water at the shops, as you will have to either drink it or throw it away at the Security Check at the gate.
  2. United Airlines plan on flying non stop from Newark Liberty International Airport (New York) to Cape Town from December 15, 2019. There will be three flights a week on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flying time 14 hours on the way to Cape Town and the return flight will take 16 hours due to headwinds. This is still to be approved by the US Department of Transportation. But great news, and a little competition for SAA
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    Thanks Malamute, I lost my login some time ago. I have reset it and can now view the full dashboard.
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    Good to know that the "informed delivery daily digest" does not end. It is the most useful email of the day ! Thanks SJ277 There is the rare day when we receive a image of a mail item that is supposed to be delivered and its not delivered. We then receive the mail a couple of days later. I assume the mailman put the item in the incorrect mailbox and then it was finally returned to us.
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    Regarding PO Box rental - If you are staying in the same town I think its unnecessary. Mail delivery is very good over here. Mail is delivered six days a week. (Mon - Saturday) Express packages are even delivered on Sundays .Amazon is always delivering 7 days a week. if you change address, you may do this a few times initially you can always have your mail forwarded to you to your new address for a period of six months for free. They even send (US Post office) you a email every morning before 8 :00am with a scanned copy of the mail you are about to receive that day. They usually scan about 5 letters as this system only has space for 5 items you may receive more mail items that has not been scanned. I have found this really helpful as you know what is coming for the day. This service was supposed to have stopped after 6 months but has been continuing for almost three years now. Renting a post box is not such a big deal over here. You can rent a post box inside a Postnet type store as well. Here in The US there are loads of boxes delivered to homes daily, we have had nothing stolen yet. But crime is on the increase especially in the big cities, so there is a chance of something being stolen, but not rampant theft. if you are going away for a few days or longer you can place a hold on your mail (done online) and they will deliver all your mail on the day you get back.
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    Hi Heidi, When opening a US bank account you will need a copy of a utilities bill or if renting a copy of your lease agreement. The most important thing you need is you Social Security Card number. Unlike South Africa, nothing has to be certified at a police station in the USA.
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    Sounds great.. If you can try to get new South African Passports which gives you 5 years of peace of mind as once you are over here it takes 6-7 months to get a new SA passport. Also while you are in SA renew your SA drivers licenses as they have new requirements for drivers license renewal- you have to show proof of address in SA. Nice to have if you go back there on vacation. You may also want to consider getting those new Identity cards if you haven't done so already.
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    I was reading the FDA page on bringing in medications to the USA which appears rather strict. On the other hand many nights on TV they show countless cases of Americans going to Tijuana, Mexico to buy a years supply of Insulin at a time and have no problem bringing it back. The reason for this is that the same brands are available in Mexico and Canada at a fraction of the price we pay here.
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    European Visa for US Passport holders from 2021

    Can someone please remove the link to ETIAS VISA in my post. I cannot edit my post. Thanks SJ272 for the research.
  10. Travel to Europe will require a ETIAS Visa for US Passport holders as from January 2021. The visa is valid for 90 days travel, will cost about $9.00 and is valid for three years. The visa is called an ETIAS Visa and will apply to 22 countries. ( see link below) The visa is not required for travel to the United Kingdom. https://www.etiasvisa.com/etias-requirements/americans
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    Kruger National Park

    Thanks Adventurer!
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    Kruger National Park

    We are planning a trip to Kruger National Park later in the year for a couple of days . We have not been there in over 30 years .Looking for suggestions of places where to stay that are reasonable. Any suggestions appreciated
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    Passport Renewal

    Thank you, I was expecting the six month period. I must say, I found the SA Consulate staff most helpful with the process and they did call me to say they had received my passport and were putting it in the mail. Its amazing how quick passports expire our US passports expire next year. its strange to think that we have been here for so long. So just a friendly reminder to all to be very aware of expiry dates. I was a little slow on the mark with renewing mine and the weeks and months can go slipping bye very fast.
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    Passport Renewal

    Just a quick update on my Passport. Application submitted at Consulate August 2, 2018 Passport issued in Pretoria December 21, 2018 Received passport from Consulate January 31, 2019 processing Time 182 days ... (6 months)
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    New Arrival Proceedure SA Customs JHNB

    Just a update on the baggage X-rays appears its a random check.