International Travel – What You Need to Know Before You Go

International Travel – What You Need to Know Before You Go

written by Crystal Boston, Travel Specialist

If you are thinking about an International destination for your next vacation, it is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents for entry and exit required by law or regulations of the countries you are traveling from and to. All carriers reserve the right to refuse service to any guest who does not have the necessary documents with valid expiration dates.

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Know Before You Go


A passport is your key to international travel. Due to a surge in passport applications, you should apply several months in advance, especially if you need visas for your foreign destinations. Travelers should make sure their passport is valid at least six months after returning home and has two or more blank pages, or some countries may not let you enter.
Note that passports for children under 16 are valid five years and adult passports 10 years, so check expiration dates carefully. It is recommended that all cruise ship passengers have their passport with them in case of emergency, even if not required.

Below are links to more information online that you will find helpful with your International travel planning:


Travelers Checklist


How to Apply for a Passport

How Long Does it Take?



Get a Passport in a Hurry


Check Application Status


Sign Up for STEP
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.


Getting Emergency Help During Travel
If you are overseas and in need of emergency assistance contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.