Saturday, March 28, 2009

Basic International Travel Tips

By Jane Farasi

Some basic but important international travel tips are always found useful whether your trip be business, holiday or visiting with friends and family.

Plan of travel

Have your plan of travel put together well in advance. This will include not just where you are going, but when you hope to get there. Note your departure and arrival dates and the fact that you may be crossing different time zones.

Inform the people to meet you on arrival accordingly. Carefully note your flight details such as connections, change of terminals, transit arrangements, baggage allowances.

If a US citizen, register your travel plans with the State Department for emergency purposes.

Among your important international travel tips is to be conversant with the laws, visa and other travel regulations of your destination as these apply to you.

Travel documents and travelers checks

Make sure your passport and visa are valid and ready in good time before your date of departure. Don't delay or miss your trip because your travel documents are not ready on time.

Update any other documents that may be required and useful at your destination like an international driver's license. Find out if you need any other forms of ID like your marriage certificate and remember to pack them.

Change your money into travelers checks. This is still the easiest and safest way to protect your money and if lost or stolen they are replaceable.

Health and medical

Different destinations may require certain vaccinations. Take these on time and get the necessary certificates.

Besides these, get from your doctor adequate supplies and/or prescriptions if you are on medication. If you wear glasses carry an extra pair just in case of breakage.

These are basic important international travel tips. Then you can be sure you are not refused entry once you get to your destination.

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