Discover Important Tips For International Travel

At last, you’re going on your dream vacation! How wonderful for you, my Mom has talked about going to Ireland for several years now and I hope one day she gets to go!Let’s make sure you’re ready with some important tips, starting with documents. First, check with Homeland Security’s web site for information on international travel. You’ll find a plethora of information ranging from the National Threat Level to the requirements and or changes regarding travel documents for citizens from the U.S.Before you start packing for international travel, register with the State Department so they can help you in case of an emergency. Find out if you need a visa or if a passport will do. Make sure the information is up-to-date, sign it and fill in the emergency contact information. Don’t forget to add area codes and time zones, if appropriate.Next, you’ll need a letter from your physician describing any medical conditions and what the prescribed medications are, including generic names. Also be sure you’re vaccinations are up to date. You may want to do this first as sometimes there is a waiting period after being vaccinated before you can travel. When you arrive, check with the foreign embassy to make sure your prescriptions are not considered illegal narcotics there.Then find out what you can and can’t take to foreign countries and what you can’t bring back with you. You should also call your health insurance carrier to find out if you’re policy is in effect while abroad and if it covers emergency evacuations; if not, I suggest purchasing an insurance rider.Here are some safety tips for international travel:
– Dress conservatively, for the weather and locality.
– Don’t be conspicuous by wearing a lot of fancy jewelry or flash a lot of money.
– Don’t accept packages from strangers and don’t leave your belongings unattended.
– Try to learn the local laws; you are subject to them while there.You can contact the State Department for more information on the rules and regulations concerning international travel. Learn the location of the U.S. Consulate and Embassies; they are available 24/7 to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens.One last thing, give a copy of your itinerary with family or friends and take a lot of pictures, send postcards and have a wonderful time!