Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Important Tips for Traveling Abroad

If you are traveling abroad here are the top 10 tips you need to make your trip easier.

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

2. Read the Consular Information Sheets and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable, for the countries you plan on visiting.

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

4. It's a good practice to make 2 copies of your passport identification page. This way it will help ease replacement if your passport is lost or stolen.

5. Always leave a copy of your itinerary at home with family or friends, in case of an emergency, you can be contacted.

6. Never leave your luggage unattended and never accept packages from strangers.

7. You should register with the nearest U.S. Embassy through the State Departments travel registration website, prior to your departure. Registration will make your presence and whereabouts known in case of an emergency. According to the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts may not be released without your authorization.

8. To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry. 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.

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