Passport Services, Embassy Warnings, Travel Information
There are so many hoops to jump through and papers to fill out before traveling abroad, it’s a good idea to start getting things in order 6 months before you go. Many foreign countries require tourist visas and most places have time restrictions as well. Applying for visas and renewing passports (or obtaining one in the first place), takes a long time on the government end of things, and having those in place long before you plan to leave will make your travel arrangements smoother and less stressful. Additionally, check the local travel information and embassy warnings before you book your trip. Especially in less-stable countries, political shifts happen more regularly than in the U.S. and it’s important to know the economic and political status of a foreign country before you travel there.
Below are a few websites that will help you get your ducks all in a row before you head out on your next amazing foreign travel adventure:
Passport Application (first time):
Americans Traveling Abroad (information for each country):
Travel Visa Application:
Current Travel Warnings:
Foreign Travel Tips
Check with your insurance company to ensure that you are covered abroad. Otherwise, consider purchasing temporary travel insurance.
- Avoid being the victim of a crime by keeping your valuables out of sight and your flashy jewelry at home. Electronics (cameras, iPods, cell phones), and jewelry are easy targets for robbers.
- Make copies of all of your travel documents. Visa, passport, credit card, driver’s license, insurance, plane tickets. Have at least 2 copies of each, one at home with your emergency contact and one with your personal luggage (separate from the real documents).