Are you planning a trip out of the Country for the Holidays this year? We all think to visit family and friends out of town or to simply get away while you have a few extra days off. Let us give you some forethought and preparation to help you stay safe, healthy, and sane on your way. Traveling abroad and being in a strange place can be a bit intimidating, and to add to the stress, traveling over the Holidays! You just cant plan for everything, but keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier, like keeping a list of your medications in your wallet, in case they get misplaced also, make copies of your ID, Passports, ect.
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Check out the information for the countries that you may be visiting and ensure that you’ve had the right inoculations before you go. Some countries will expect you to show evidence of inoculations; particularly against Yellow Fever. It is a good idea to pack some basic supplies with you so that you only need to use pharmacies for the out of the ordinary illnesses. Painkillers, diarrhea tablets and rehydration salts are great basics. Make sure you have up to date and relevant cover should you become unwell and need emergency care. Don’t forget to ensure that you are always covered; this needs to be top of list should you decide to stay somewhere longer than originally planned. Bear in mind the activities that you may be tempted to do. If you might go bungy-jumping in the jungle, riding down the world’s most dangerous road or surfing supreme, inform yourself beforehand of any risks and ensure you’re going to be okay in any eventuality.
Nearly 740,000 Americans have ordered passport cards, a new document being offered by the State Department to speed border crossings by U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Beginning in June 2009, travelers will be required to present documents proving both citizenship and identity when entering the United States through a land or sea border. For Americans who drive to Canada or Mexico or cruise regularly to the Caribbean, but who do not expect to fly abroad, the passport card is a cheaper, smaller, more portable alternative to a conventional passport book.
The passport card is the size of a credit card or driver’s license, and has a photo and identification information printed on it, like a driver’s license. It also contains a chip with a unique number that allows border officials to instantly retrieve your data from a government database.
It’s not valid for air travel. Passport cards are good for 10 years and cost $45 ($35 for children under 16). Applications can be made at any passport-processing site. If you already have a passport but want the card anyway because of the convenient size or quick scanning, it’s only $20 and can be ordered by mail.
For details on how and where to get a passport’ card, visit www.travel.state.gov.
Processing time for applications for both passport books and passport cards are about three weeks for routine applications. Expedited service is not available for passport cards, but for passport books, expedited service takes about two weeks.