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  1. 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
  2. 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.
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    DV-2019

    Thanks Malamute, I lost my login some time ago. I have reset it and can now view the full dashboard.
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    DV-2019

    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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    DV-2019

    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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    DV-2019

    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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    DV-2019

    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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    MEDICATIONS

    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.
  9. 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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    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.
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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

    Has anyone renewed their South African Passport Recently. I was advised by the SA Consulate that it takes six months to get a new one. They also sent me a Passport application as well as a new ID application which requires you to get all your fingerprints. They also require a copy of the letter you received when you applied for Dual Citizenship. its the Certificate of Exemption in terms of Section 6 (2) of the South African Citizen Act. The only problem is getting the forms fingerprinted and notarized. I called the police and they refuse to take your fingerprints, I also called a few places advertising that they do fingerprinting but its only electronic digital fingerprinting that cannot be transferred to the ID document and the passport application. So it looks like the only way to get this done is go to the SA Consulate. Has anyone had similar experience in getting fingerprinted and how long did the process take ?
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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.
  17. As from 28 November 2018 there has been some changes on arrival with SA Customs. After you have collected your luggage from the carousel you then proceed to customs. When going through Customs all suitcases go through a X-Ray machine . This is causing in some instances long delays. Passengers are missing their connecting flights to other centers. On Friday last week there were a lot of disgruntled passengers trying to get through the process. also make sure you read the new information booklet from SARS : http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Arrival-in-SA.aspx http://www.sars.gov.za/AllDocs/OpsDocs/Guides/Customs-G001 - Travellers Guide new - External Guide.pdf although they say only some bags may be X-rayed they were making all passengers go through the X- ray process. With this new procedure, it appears when planning connecting flights from Johannesburg allow for extra time or take a later flight. The current 45 minute to 1 hour window period between flights looks like its going to be a challenge.
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    Passport Renewal

    Don't you guys have US Passports yet ? then you can do Europe without any problem.
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    Passport Renewal

    Well if you have a lot of $$$ take a quick 15 day trip to Cape Town and you can get it issued in two weeks. .... otherwise its a very long and painful wait. I'm speculating and hoping it arrives in January !
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    Passport Renewal

    Still waiting! application was submitted on September 1, 2018 it takes six months, so will probably receive it around March 2019
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    Passport Renewal

    Just an update on my passport renewal and application for a new computerized unabridged birth certificate. The Consulate called to say that my unabridged birth certificate has arrived - the process took 12 weeks, but that was expected. Still waiting for the passport to arrive possibly in January or February 2019. I was impressed that the SA Consulate had called to let me know about the unabridged Birth Certificate had arrived. Thank you guys!
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    California Road Trip

    When visiting Napa Valley you may want to consider staying in Calistoga is a small town outside Napa. There is also an APP you can get for your iPhone called "Napa Valley" to give you some ideas.
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    California Road Trip

    Napa Valley is a touch too far for a day trip you could do it from San Ramon but it will be tight. Its best to do it more leisurely and spend a night in the Napa area.
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    California Road Trip

    I just came back from a vacation to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland... Marijuana whiffs everywhere. Our friends in Portland actually have three big healthy marijuana plants growing in their garden. Legally they are allowed to grow 3-4 plants. Seattle has bad traffic as well. interestingly if you live in Washington state you only pay Federal tax but no state tax. Sales tax is 10% but a lot of People drive to Portland for monthly shopping to save on the sales tax
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    California Road Trip

    The hotel is close to a metro station it may not be the Bart train but there is train service to the city. Traffic to SF appears to always be congested especially peak hours.
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