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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.

U.S. Passports Can't Be Denied Over Refusal to Select a Gender, a Judge Has Ruled

(DENVER) - U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. ...

Published:  Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:13:00 GMT



Zimbabwe: Asylum Seekers Say Officials Keep Their Passports Until They Buy Tickets to Zimbabwe

Rejected asylum seekers have accused Home Affairs officials at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre at Marabastad, Pretoria, of refusing to return their passports unless they show a Zimbabwe-bound bus ...

Published:  Fri, 21 Sep 2018 04:53:00 GMT



Barbados moves to biometric passports, considers biometric verification at ports of entry

Following the recommendation of the ICAA on travel document standards, Barbados' Immigration Department has begun to phase out machine-readable passport in favour of ePassports, Caribbean360 reports. ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:00 GMT



How passports evolved to help governments regulate your movement

The Trump administration is denying passports to US citizens who live in Texas near the US-Mexico border, according to news reports. The administration is accusing applicants of having inadequate docu...

Published:  Sat, 15 Sep 2018 10:30:00 GMT



Barbados switches to e-passports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) - Barbados Monday announced that it is phasing out the machine-readable passport in favour of the electronic passport, following a recommendation by the International ...

Published:  Mon, 17 Sep 2018 15:09:00 GMT



Barbados Switching To E-Passports

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday September 18, 2018 - Barbados' Immigration Department has started phasing out machine-readable passport in favour of an e-passport, following a recommendation by the Inte...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:51:00 GMT



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