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Updated Tue, Sept. 19, 2017- 11:00am ET
Hurricane Maria has been upgraded to a category 5 hurricane. Its location is about 170 miles southeast of St. Croix with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph with higher gusts. On the forecast track, the eye of Maria will move over the northeastern Caribbean Sea Tuesday 9/19, and approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Interests elsewhere in Hispaniola, the southeastern Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands should monitor the progress of Maria.
The following watches/ warnings are in effect:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for St. Kitts, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Sint Maarten/ St. Martin, and Isla Soana to Puerto Plata
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Antigua
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for west of Puerto Plata to the northern Dominican Republic/Haiti border
We will keep this document updated as we receive additional information regarding airport closings.
Airport Closings/Destination Status
Antigua - VC Bird International Airport (ANU) will be closed from 6pm Tues, 9/19 until 9am Wed, 9/20.
San Juan - 80% of flights cancelled into San Juan on Wed, 9/20
St. Croix – All flights cancelled into St. Croix on Wed, 9/20
St. Lucia – The Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) in St. Lucia has temporarily closed operations. Departures scheduled for Mon, 9/18 will not operate until sometime on Tue, 9/19.
Secondary Security Screening starting July 19th, 2017
Starting July 19th, 2017, all flights departing to the USA will be subject to a secondary security screening of all electronics larger than a cell phone (laptops/ipads/tablets, etc). You will be asked to remove all covers or casings from electronics prior to check-in. In addition, any electronic equipment in disrepair or with a broken screen will not be allowed to travel.
Warning: Your Passport Can Be Invalid, Months Before Its Expiration Date - Date Must Meet Specific Requirements.
Having a valid (aka non-expired) passport isn't enough, in many destinations. You'll often need a passport that's valid for three to six months after your departure date in order to travel.
Lots of travelers have learned this the hard way, because the rules aren't very well-known: The Schengen area, for example, comprises 26 European nations including France, Italy and Spain. To visit any one of them, American travelers must have a passport that's valid for at least three months after their departure date, according to the U.S. State Department.
In other destinations, including many Asian countries, your passport must be valid for six months after departure in order to travel.
Not complying could get you stranded before your flight takes off... or even worse, while transferring planes in another country.
The requirement has long been in place, the State Department explains, but "it is only recently that (it) has been more strictly enforced." Indeed, stories are all too common of travelers turned away from airports because their passports weren't valid for the required three to six months after departure.
So check the date on yours, and renew the easy way if it's not eligible for your upcoming trip. You can find the passport requirements for your destination on the U.S. State Department website.