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We've received notification that Network Rail will be undertaking vital improvement works on the Brighton main line replacing a major rail junction near Purley, upgrading signalling at Victoria and working on a new platform at Gatwick Airport station. As a result of these works a revised Southern service will operate during the Christmas and New Year period.
This will be affecting the Gatwick Express service and this will not be running between Wednesday, 25 December and Wednesday, 1 January inclusive. Other rail services to Victoria and to London Bridge, City Thameslink, London Farringdon and Clapham Junction and rail links to destinations all around the UK may also be affected. Revised timetables will be in operation.
We're advising our Customers to allow more time than normal for their journey, to plan their route carefully and to try and find alternative transport where possible.
Southern have some very useful information about Christmas train services which can be accessed via this link: Christmas train services
You can also get Specific journey details be visiting National Rails website at nationalrail.co.uk or by calling them on 08457 48 49 50.
We've been notified that smoking has been banned in all public spaces in Jamaica. Public space refers to any structure, facility or enclosed space accessible to the public or place of assembly used by the public. No smoking signs will be clearly displayed in these areas.
The Regulations state that any person who 'smokes or holds a lit or electronic tobacco product in or within a 5 meter radius of an entrance, exit, window or ventilation intake of a public place, workplace or other designated places commits an offence'.
If you're caught committing this offence then you may be fined up to $50,000 and a term of imprisonment of up to three months.
From 20th June, the Banks of Maldives will no longer accept Travellers Cheques, so please ensure you take with you another form of spending money with you. Your local Foreign Exchange bureau will have the most up to date advice on what to take to the Maldives.
Avoid the peak hours at check in by checking in the night before your flight at Virgin Atlantic's check in desks at London Gatwick's South Terminal (Zone A). This service is available between 1700hrs and 2100hrs
It's mandatory for everyone travelling to or transferring through the US, under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.
Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline.
The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply – simply update your details on the same website. Travelers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US.
If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website at www.visitusa.org.uk where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found.
The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless