If you are planning a trip abroad, there are a few things that you should do that will ensure a safe trip and make your traveling safer and easier.
You should be sure to register your travel itinerary with the State Department. This is be done easily through their website. You will be contacted in case of a family emergency in the United States or in the case of other types of crisis. Your information will not be released to others unless you give authorization.
Be sure that you sign your passport and fill in the emergency contact information. This is to ensure that if something should happen to you, your next of kin will be immediately notified. Also, be sure to leave a copy of your passport with someone in the US in the case that you lose the original while traveling. This expedites the replacement.
Be sure that your medical insurance coverage includes traveling overseas. If your plan does not cover you for expenses outside the United States, look into getting an additional policy that does. You certainly do not want to be stuck with a large hospital bill in another country if you should take ill.
When traveling to another country, it is important that you do a bit of homework concerning the various laws and regulations in that country. The US State Department’s website is a great reference to use to find safety and other important information on foreign countries.
When you are traveling in a foreign country it is a good practice to learn where the US Embassy is located or have that phone number handy. The US Embassy is available to help Americans 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
By taking these few simple steps, your travels abroad should be pleasant and hassle-free. It is always best to be prepared for the unexpected, especially when traveling outside of the country.
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