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You need to prepare for going abroad. Especially, you should make sure that you carry all important the documents with you. Such documents include identity cards, health and insurance documents. Read about them in detail a for hassle-free foreign travel or vacation. ~ Ed.
While some countries still have travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, other countries have either lifted restrictions or required more documentation to enter the country. Whatever the case, it’s still very important that you have everything you need before you hop onto a plane.
Other than your suitcase, electronic devices, and maybe even some snacks, here are some of the most important things you’ll need to remember to have before traveling abroad.
Important Documents to Carry During Foreign Travel
More than anything, do not forget to carry insurance, health, and personal identification documents with you whenever you travel to a foreign country.
Identification (I.D.s) Documents
When traveling to a different country, you’re definitely going to need your international travel documents, which include several forms of identification. Some of these I.D.s needed may include:
- Driver’s License
- Passport/Passport Card
- Travel Visa
- Military I.D
- Border Crossing Card
- Permanent Resident Card
Depending on what country you’re departing from, you may also need departure documents in addition to your entry documents. Different countries have their own requirements when it comes to entering and exiting their country, so you’ll have to research that particular country to have all the necessary documents and information.
Travel insurance has been used by both foreign and domestic travelers for a while now. It works the same way as regular insurance: the traveler is financially protected from several unforeseen events while abroad.
Most plans cover incidents relating to the individual (emergency medical care, emergency evacuation, and accidental death and dismemberment); incidents relating to the individual’s property (lost or stolen items, car rental coverage); and incidents relating to the individual’s experiences (flight cancelations/delays, trip cancelations/interruptions, and supplier bankruptcy).
Several countries require some form of travel insurance, including:
- Caribbean Islands
- Costa Rica
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Middle Eastern Countries
- New Zealand
- Polynesian and Micronesian Islands
- Schengen Countries
- Southeast Asian Countries
One thing that is not covered by travel insurance is car insurance, and while travel insurance may cover rental car concerns, it doesn’t ensure that you are driving with proper insurance, as stated by the country you’re visiting. Just about every country in the world requires drivers to have a valid form of car insurance— valid meaning compatible with that particular country’s requirements.
For U.S. citizens, their domestic car insurance more than likely will not qualify as car insurance coverage in another country. However, it will be seen as valid in both Alaska and Hawaii, as they are both U.S. states, and may be seen as valid in any of the U.S.’s five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), according to FEMA. The same principle may also apply to countries that are members of the European Union.
Because the new decade started off with a global pandemic, certain health documents may also be required before entering into some countries, so it’s important to have these records as well. This can be proof of a negative COVID-19 test within a certain time period or even proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Also, do not forget to exchange the currency if necessary. There are kiosks at international airports that will allow you to easily exchange your currency for the currency of the country you’re visiting, but these kiosks in the U.S. usually charge high fees and the exchange rates are poor.
U.S. citizens should look into exchanging currency at their bank or credit unions to get the most for their money. Having the proper currency beforehand is one way to optimize your travel experience.
Because of COVID-19, countries that are allowing travelers to visit will make it very clear what exactly you’ll need when coming through their borders. Be sure to double-check that you have everything you need to enter into every country you plan on stopping in and traveling to.
Over to you
What important documents or things do you carry when you travel abroad? Share your tips and experiences in the comments section.