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WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

This is a Traveler's Checklist designed to help assist and educate you before you take your next trip

 

Get Informed!

Safety & Security:   Read the Travel Advisory and Alerts for the countries you will be visiting at travel.state.gov/destination.


Health Precautions:  Check out recommendations for vaccinations and other health considerations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)


Covid-19 Travel Restrictions:  COVID-19 has transformed international travel and each country has implemented unique entry requirements. These requirements are changing constantly.  Use the CIBTvisas Entry Guide to access current and country-specific Covid-19 entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Get Required Documents!

Passport:  Passports are required for all international travel.  Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your return date and contains at least two or more blank pages (depening on destination). 


Passport Renewal by Mail:  Renew my U.S. passport (state.gov)  


Expedited Passport Renewal Servicewww.cibtvisas.com/robertsoninternationaltravel


Visas:  Review Entry and Exit Requirements for countries you will be visiting to determine if visas are required for entry, and if they need to be obtained in advance. 


Check for country specific information: travel.state.gov/destination.


Use assistance of an established visa service to secure your required visas in advance. Robertson Travel recommends CIBTvisas to assist will all of our travelers’ visa needs. www.cibtvisas.com/robertsoninternationaltravel


Medications:  Some prescription drugs, including narcotics and some U.S. over-the-counter medications, are illegal in other countries. Check with the embassy of your destination(s) about regulations and documentation before you travel.


Consent for Travel with Minors:  If you are traveling alone with children, foreign border officials may require custody documents or notarized written consent from the other parent.  Check with the embassy of your destination before traveling.


International Driving Permit:  Many countries do not recognize a U.S. driver’s license, but most accept an International Driving Permit (IDP).  AAA can assist with information, application, and issuance of an IDP -  AAA IDP International Driving Permit

Get Insured!

Travel Insurance:  Trip interruption or cancellation, flight delays, lost or stolen luggage, and other unexpected travel costs can add up quickly.   Additionally, many foreign medical facilities and providers require cash payment up front for services, and do not accept U.S. health insurance policies.  As such, it is important to consider purchasing a supplemental insurance policy such as Travelex Insurance or Allianz Travel Insurance to protect both you and your financial travel investment. 


Emergency Evacuation:  Evacuation for medical treatment or to leave a crisis area in another country can cost upwards of $100,000.  General travel insurance policies provide varying levels of coverage for Emergency Medical Evacuation, but tend not to cover Crisis Evacuation.  An evacuation insurance membership such as Medjet can bring peace of mind in event of a crisis or medical emergency.

Get Enrolled!

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):  To receive travel and security updates about your destination, and to help us reach you in an emergency, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at STEP.state.gov