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International Travel Tips

There are several pages in this website with international travel tips. Below is a quick listing of them. Also be sure to read further down for the important tips from the U.S Department of State, and the links to resources like the country-specific consular information sheets.

Cheap International Plane Tickets is the page to go to when you are ready to shop for the best deal on airfare. The discount ticket web sites are very useful (some of them), but won't necessarily find the cheapest fare. You'll find some good money-saving travel tips here.

A Few Reasons to Travel to Israel - Quite a few actually, and from someone who has been living there for a while.

Information On Ecuador is a page about a country where you can go from glaciers to tropical beaches in a day, and where you can still get a meal in a nice restaurant for less than $2. There is more information about Ecuador on the page on Banos. There is also my adventure story from Ecuador, on the page, "Climbing Mount Chimborazo."

International Adventure Travel covers the wilder trips overseas. You'll find tips and links to other resources here.

Cheap International Travel is for the budget-minded among you. There are tips on how to keep your travel costs down, and information on where the really cheap places are.

Travel Safety Tips has information and advice for travel here, there, and everywhere. You'll also find security issues covered on the page, "Travel Money Belts." I also tell the story of being robbed on a bus on this latter page, a good precautionary tale.

Cheap Bus Travel has information on using busses, trains, and taxis in foreign countries. You'll find tips on how to determine which to use.

The 5 Best Things about Learning the Language Before Travelling - Why it helps to be prepared and a couple suggestions for where to get those lessons.

Passport Tips

A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries, but not all. To see which countries require a passport, refer to the "Entry Requirements" link below. The U.S. Department of State is the authority that grants, issues or verifies United States passports.

New Application for a U.S. Passport

To obtain a passport for the first time, you need to go in person to one of 6,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the United States with two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license. The photos must be 2" x 2" (Walmart and many other places take "passport photos.")

Acceptance facilities include many Federal, state and probate courts, post offices, some public libraries and a number of county and municipal offices. I obtained mine at the local county building, but I did have to order a certified copy of my birth certificate first, from the county where I was born. So plan ahead. There are also 13 regional passport agencies, most of which serve only those who are departing urgently. Appointments are required in such cases.

You'll need to apply in person if you are applying for a U.S. passport for the first time; if your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession; if your previous U.S. passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago; or if your previous U.S. passport was issued when you are under 16 your currently valid U.S. passport has been lost of stolen.

Renewal of a U.S. Passport

You can renew by mail if: Your most recent passport is available to submit and it is not damaged; you received the passport within the past 15 years; you were over age 16 when it was issued; you still have the same name, or can legally document your name change. You can get a passport renewal application form by downloading it from the Department Of State Website.

International Travel Tips From The Bureau Of Consular Affairs

1. Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

2. Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit.

3. Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution does not follow you! While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.

4. Make 2 copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

5. Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

6. Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas. Do not accept packages from strangers.

7. Prior to your departure, you should register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the State Department’s travel registration website . Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in an emergency. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts may not be released without your express authorization. Remember to leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers or copies of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative in the United States.

8. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.

9. In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.

10. If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.

You can use the link here for country-specific Consular Information Sheets.

Foreign Entry Requirements

Below is some information copied directly from the Department Of State - Bureau Of Consular Affairs Website. It is about the requirements for international travel in general. For more tips and the list of individual countries (with their specific requirements), use the link above or at the bottom of this section.

This listing (see the link) is for U.S. citizens traveling on tourism/business and does not apply to persons planning to emigrate to foreign countries. Persons traveling on official business for the U.S. Government should obtain visa information from the agency sponsoring their travel. For purposes of this publication, a visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country.

PASSPORTS: U.S. citizens who travel to a country where a valid U.S. passport is not required will need documentary evidence of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Proof of U.S. citizenship includes an expired U.S. passport, a certified (original) birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. To prove identity, a valid driver's license or government identification card are acceptable provided they identify you by physical description or photograph. However, for travel overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., a valid U.S. passport is the best documentation available and unquestionably proves your U.S. citizenship.

Before you send your passport through the mail to apply for a visa, sign it in ink, and write in pencil your current address and daytime telephone number in the space provided. This will help the U.S. Postal Service return it to you should it become separated from the envelope during processing.

Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. If your passport expires before the required validity, you will have to apply for a new one. Please check with the Embassy or nearest Consulate of the country that you plan to visit for their requirements.

Some Middle Eastern or African countries will not issue visas or allow entry if your passport indicates travel to Israel. Consult the National Passport Information Center, telephone 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778 or TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793) or http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/index.html for guidance if this applies to you.

VISAS: If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPRIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit.

IMMUNIZATIONS: Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if you are traveling from an area of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. No immunizations are required to return to the United States. Detailed health information may be obtained from your local health care provider or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telephone 1-877- 394-8747 or Internet: www.cdc.gov.

AIDS/HIV TESTING: An increasing number of countries have established regulations regarding AIDS testing, particularly for long-term visitors. Although many are listed here, check with the Embassy or Consulate of the country that you plan to visit to verify if this is a requirement for entry.

ADDITIONAL FEES: All international flights are subject to U.S. Immigration and U.S. Customs fees paid in advance as part of your ticket. In addition, many countries have departure fees that are sometimes collected at the time of ticket purchase or upon exiting the foreign country.

Use the link here to find the Entry Requirements for the country you are traveling to. I hope you found these international travel tips useful.


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