Foreign Travel Tips
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Traveling abroad can be a wonderful experience, but it's even better when you're prepared for unfamiliar language, legal system, local customs and ways.
Depending on the country you plan to visit, you will need a passport and perhaps a visa or tourist card.
To obtain a passport application, contact the nearest Passport Agency, one of the many federal or state courts, or a U.S. Post Office that accepts passport applications. Visas are available from the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting.
It's best to be prepared, cautious and to avoid any potential hot spots. Stay alert to conditions and check newspapers regularly to stay on top of any major worldwide threats or events.
- Current Travel Warnings
Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country. The countries listed below are currently on that list. In addition to this list, the State Department issues Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world with information on such matters as the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country.
- Tips for Traveling Abroad
Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Register your travel plans with the State Department through a free online service at https://travelregistration.state.gov This will help the state department contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling.
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- Emergencies and Crises
Certain countries may require an "International Certificate of Vaccinations" against cholera, yellow fever and other infectious diseases before you are allowed to enter. Specific information on entry requirements can be obtained from your physician or the embassy of the country you will be visiting.
More inforamtion and advice are available at CDC Website.
Each country has their own traditions, religions and laws to abide.
- Make several copies of your passport, credit cards, travellers checks itinerary, airline tickets and other travel documents. Leave one copy with a relative or friend back home and carry one copy with you. It makes it much easier to replace if lost or stolen and to be contacted in case of an emergency.
- Carry a list of toll free phone numbers for all of your credit and bank cards in case you
have to cancel them.
- Learn a little bit of the language of the place(s) you are visiting, or at least some courtesy phrases. You will be amazed at how far you can get when at least attempting to speak the local language. This works in remote towns and villages as well as at the tourist socked places.
- On trips out of the country, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers and bring a copy of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs.
- If you will be driving abroad, ask your insurer about a special proof of insurance card to
- If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.
- Don't ever insult a foreign culture or country or brag about how your way of life is superior to
- Don't tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a foreign country. The news soon spreads around and you will find a group of people saluting you to expect something.
- 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.
- In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange
money or purchase art or antiques.
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