Millions of vacationers head out to destinations outside the U.S. each year. In fact, the number of international travelers in the world in 2012 was at an all time high in 2012 when the one billionth traveler headed out in December. While international traveler may be a bit more time consuming and complicated that travel within your home country, if you consider the important information before you go, it does not have to be difficult. Plan ahead with tips to help from Bill Bailey Travel.
- Know the laws of your destination before you go – Visit Travel.State.Gov for destination specific information. You will also likely find helpful information on the tourism sites online for each country. Most are quite good about posting their information in multiple languages.
- Understand that each country has different laws and rules in regards to the airport. What may be ok in one place, may be something you would not expect in others. For example, in the U.S. patdowns are sometimes required however, in France, it is not allowed for security to put their hands on travelers without a police officer present. You may learn more about what to expect by visiting the airport website or calling them specifically.
- Pay attention to the 3-1-1 Rule. Most countries follow this rule or at least something quite close to it, however, there are some countries which have their own rules in regard to gels and liquids. The local tourism department, airports or tour operators can usually assist you in knowing this type of rule.
- Prohibited items can be confusing in the U.S. alone, not to mention travel outside of the U.S. While you can expect that a weapon is not going to be allowed in your carry on in destinations worldwide, the new change in TSA’s carry on set to take place in April should make you aware that things may vary greatly around the world. For example, knives and scissors are allowed in carry ons and have been allowed in carry ons in Europe but banned in the U.S. since 9-11 that is until April.
- Know specific country rules in regard to your passport. You can generally be safe by making sure that for one, your passport is in good shape and second, that it is valid for at least 6 months past the date of your trip. You may also be require to show proof of funds, proof of continuing or return tickets or even proof of hotel accommodations as well.
Travel abroad can be simple if you are prepared. Spend time learning what will be required of you before you go, you will be glad you did.
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