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Preparing for Travel

A proactive traveler is a prepared traveler. Taking these necessary steps, well in advance of your next overseas trip will leave you feeling less stressed and could help you save money, time and a potential trip catastrophe.

  1. Immunizations. Whether precautionary or required in certain rural countries, itís a good idea to check for destination specific immunizations at least three months in advance of travel. Some immunizations can necessitate multiple doses before effective and can take longer than you may expect. You will also want to keep a record of your specific immunizations if asked to show proof upon arrival to your destination of choice.
  2. Passports. In recent years the US Government has passed new laws requiring passports for all travel outside of the United States for people of all ages. Passports are even required for travelers visiting Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada. Three to six months before your trip make sure your passport is current and has enough blank pages for your next travel. If you have any issues you'll want to resolve right away as passport modifications and renewals can take several weeks to months to manage.
  3. Local Customs and Laws. The last thing you want to occur on your trip is getting in trouble with the natives or the government during your travels. Itís a good idea to check out local laws and customs before traveling to your next international destination. Several websites exist today that allow you to quickly identify what you should and should not do in any specific country while traveling abroad.
  4. Medical Insurance. It's a good idea to call your health insurance company and discuss any available coverage in your destination of choice. If you have certain health issues or are going to a third world country, where common health scares can be a life or death situation, medical insurance and a medical evacuation plan is proactive thinking.
  5. Travel Insurance. Should something occur before or during your vacation you donít want to see your hard earned money wasted. Travel Insurance protects your investment should your trip be cancelled, you lose your luggage, or an emergency arises.
  6. Medicine. Should you get sick, a condition worsens or you are stuck due to common travel delays youíll need to have plenty of medicine to stay healthy, happy and out of an international hospital. The same medicines found in other countries can be much different than those you currently use. Utilizing a little more space in your suitcase for an emergency supply of medicine is a wise decision.

Being proactive with both your passport, insurance, medical needs and country research will help avoid a travel nightmare and wasted money.

Here are the world's most powerful passports!

When you think about International travel, passport and visa arrangements are one of the foremost things on our minds. However, not all passports are equal. The strength of a passport is determined by the number of countries the passport holder can visit ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:32:00 GMT



China Expands Recall of Passports to Uyghurs Outside of Xinjiang

Authorities in China have expanded a recall of passports from Uyghurs residing within the northwest region of Xinjiang to include members of the ethnic groups throughout the country, according to sources. Since October 2016, the Public Security Bureau (PSB ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:17:00 GMT



E-Passports to Be Issued Next Year

The directorate of Immigration and Passport (I&P) will start issuing e-passports from March 2018, announced Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal here on Wednesday. Director General I&P Usman Bajwa and representative of French company Gemalto singed a contract for ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:14:00 GMT



Brit tourists risk missing flights home under new scheme to replace lost passports that will see two-day wait for emergency documents

BRIT travellers who lose their passports could miss flights under a new scheme which will see a TWO DAY wait for an "emergency" replacement. The Foreign Office has introduced a new system in which applications for emergency documents will be processed ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:48:00 GMT



US passports won't reflect Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

by Joel Gehrke | Dec 7, 2017, 5:04 PM Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Email this article Share on LinkedIn Print this article Even after President Trump's Wednesday announcement, U.S. passports for citizens born in Jerusalem won't say they were born in ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:38:00 GMT



U.S. Still Won't List Jerusalem as Israel's Capital on Official Docs, Passports, Maps

The United States still will not formally recognize Jerusalem as being located in Israel on official documents, maps, and passports, despite President Donald Trump's announcement earlier this week that America is formally recognizing the holy city as ...

Published:  Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:53:00 GMT



Bengal terror trail: Raids launched to nab 70 people making fake passports for Bangladeshi criminals

KOLKATA: West Bengal security agencies have launched raids in four districts bordering Bangladesh to nab more than 70 touts involved in making Indian passports from fake voter IDs and Aadhaar cards for alleged Bangladeshi criminals and terror operatives ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:43:00 GMT



South Sudan resumes issuing passports after month-long stoppage

JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudan has resumed issuing passports after its German technology provider shut down the system for a month because the country failed to pay its bills, a senior immigration official said on Thursday. South Sudan's economy has been ...

Published:  Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:57:00 GMT



Govt to issue e-passports from March 2018: Ahsan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal announced on Wednesday that the Passports and Immigration Office will begin issuing e-passports from next year. The contract for the preparation of e-passports had earlier been signed by a representative of private French ...

Published:  Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:14:00 GMT



Suspected serial robber remains jailed as new charges are filed; magistrate orders surrender of additional passports, issues gag order

CROWN POINT - As felony robbery charges mount against Dionysios T. Doukas, of Schererville, chances the 35 year old will need a passport or get out of jail on bond anytime soon have become moot. During a hearing Friday before Magistrate Natalie Bokota ...

Published:  Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:38:00 GMT



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