If you’re a U.S. citizen traveling abroad, make this site required reading. Look up the country you plan to visit and find out whether a visa or other documents are required. You might be surprised. Some countries also ask for several photos, a confirmation from your hotel and a letter of invitation.
• Passports & Visas
Where can I get a passport application? What if mine was lost or stolen? Can I get a passport in a hurry? These sites has answers to those questions and more.
• Department of Homeland Security and TSA Pre Check
Take note of what vaccinations or immunizations you might need for your trip on the Centers for Disease Control’s “Travelers’ Health” site. Some vaccines need at least four weeks to take affect so don’t procrastinate. And if you plan on taking the kids overseas, the CDC covers “Traveling with Children.”
Read the U.S. Consular Information Sheet on the country you plan to visit. It will give you insight into such topics as crime, areas of instability and customs regulations.
U.S. Department of State web site is an invaluable source of information concerning travel and living abroad. Subjects include:
– Emergencies and Travel Warnings
– Passport and Visa Information
– Country Background Notes
– Dual Citizenship ad Births Overseas
– Marriage Overseas
Want a bit of home away from home? Take note of a U.S. embassy or consulate wherever you’re going.
Want to know about the weather for where you’re going to be traveling?Intellicast provides comprehensive weather reports for domestic and international cities.
This site provides current local times around the world.
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• International Travel
Remember Your Valid Documents
You want to get where you’re going and you want to get back, so remember that international passengers must hold a valid passport (in addition to any other required documentation) to enter or depart the United States. If you don’t have your valid travel documents for the destination country and/or transit points, you won’t be able to travel.
Remember To Comply With Regulations
To help your trip go smoothly, remember.
- Give us the information exactly as it appears on your passport so that you’re not denied boarding or refused entry into a country by border control authorities.
- Check with the consulate of every country you are entering, even if you’re just transiting, to make sure you are adhering to all laws, regulations, orders, demands or travel requirements.
- You will be responsible for any costs, including monetary costs, resulting from noncompliance. In legal terms, the carrier shall not be liable for any aid or information given by any agent or employee of carrier to any passenger in connection with obtaining necessary documents or complying with such laws, regulations, orders, demands, requirements, or instructions, whether given orally, in writing, or otherwise, or for the consequences to any passenger resulting from his failure to obtain such documents or to comply with such laws, regulations, orders, demands, requirements or instructions. In addition, carrier reserves the right to hold, photocopy or otherwise image reproduce a travel document presented by any passenger and accepted by the carrier as a condition of boarding.
If you’re a U.S. citizen, you may use an established form of identification to board flights and for entry when traveling between the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Enhanced Security Measures at Select Overseas Airports
The TSA has implemented enhanced security measures at select European airports with direct flights to the U.S. If you intend to carry on electronic devices, including mobile phones, you may be required to turn them on during security screening. Devices that do not power on may not be permitted onboard the aircraft. Learn more on the TSA website.