The one thing you need to know before you leave for the airport

Dong Heon Kim asked if we could help get him a refund from ExploreTrip after he was denied boarding on his recent Air Canada flight from Seattle to South Korea. Unfortunately, Kim is just one of a steady stream of would-be travelers we have seen recently, who have shown up at the airport ready for take-off only to have their plans thwarted by a missing travel document.

No transit visa — and now, no refund

When Gurvinder Sandhu bought airline tickets for himself and his girlfriend, Veerpal Kaur Sidhu, for a trip from Toronto to Melbourne, Australia, via Houston and Auckland, New Zealand, it didn’t occur to him to ask about the paperwork they would need to travel. If he had done so, they might have departed on the flights they booked instead of being grounded at the Toronto airport — and he wouldn’t have had to seek help in getting a refund.

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