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General International Travelling Tips and Concerns

Before traveling, try to read the maximum about the countries that you intend to travel. Your stay will be much more pleasant and meaningful if you are informed about the history, culture, customs, and politics. This information can be obtained from libraries, bookstores and tourism agencies. To avoid any culture constraints, try to dress conservatively, for example, try not wearing very flashy or casual clothes because can make you look like as a tourist. As a tip, try to avoid the appearance of affluence.

Always travel comfortably, without carrying many bags, by doing this you will move faster and have better more mobility of having one of your hands-free. In addition, you will also be less tired and less likely to lose your luggage if you leave it without supervision. Another tip is to carry a minimum of valuables things for your trip and look for a place to store them. For the security of your passport, money and credit cards, keep them locked in a hotel safe. The best option is to take traveler’s checks and maximum of two credit cards instead of cash. To identify your luggage, place your name, address and phone numbers inside and outside of each bag.

The use of covered luggage tags is used to prevent the observation of strangers in your identity or nationality, and, if possible, always lock your luggage. The most convenient way to communicate is uploading a calling card. Do not carry items that you would not want to lose, such as jewelry, irreplaceable family items, unnecessary credit cards. Always leave with your family or friends a copy of your itinerary.

Miscellaneous Websites

– www.fedtravel.com – Hotels, motels, and airline information

– www.nws.noaa.gov – Weather in the U.S.

-http://www.embassyworld.com – U.S. Consultation Assistance of U.S.

Embassies are present in more than 160 capitals of the world. Each of these embassy locations has a consular section. The consular officers present at each embassy have two functions: to issue visas to foreigners and to assist U.S citizens abroad. Replacing a Passport If you are unlucky enough to lose your passport, a consul can send you a replacement, which takes about 24 horas to be issued. If you had the knowledge that your passport was stolen, the first step is to report the robbery to the local police and obtain a police statement. Help Find Medical Assistance If you get sick, you have the option of contacting a consular officer for a list of locals doctors, dentists, and medical specialists, as well as other medical support. If you are injured or seriously ill, a consul can help you find medical care, and, if you request, contact your family or friends to report the incident. A good option for not taking the risk is to get one private medical insurance prior to travel, as this will cover the high cost in case of an emergency, or if you need to be taking back to the U.S. for hospital care.

Assistance of U.S. embassies are present in more than 160 capitals of the world. Each of these embassy locations has a consular section. The consular officers present at each embassy have two functions: to issue visas to foreigners and to assist U.S citizens abroad.

Replacing a Passport

If you are unlucky enough to lose your passport, a consul can send you a replacement, which takes about 24 horas to be issued. If you had the knowledge that your passport was stolen, the first step is to report the robbery to the local police and obtain a police statement. Help Find Medical Assistance If you get sick, you have the option of contacting a consular officer for a list of locals doctors, dentists and medical specialists, as well as other medical support. If you are injured or seriously ill, a consul can help you find medical care, and , if you request, contact your family or friends to report the incident. A good option for not taking the risk is to get one private medical insurance prior to travel, as this will cover the high cost in case of an emergency, or if you need to be taking back to the U.S. for hospital care.

Help in Case of Emergency

If your family needs to contact you because of an emergency or simply reason of they concerned about your well-being, they should call the Department of State’s Foreign Citizens Service at the number: (202) 647-5225. Upon contact, the State Department will forward the message to one of the consular officials of the country which you are traveling, and these consular officers will attempt to locate you to convey urgent messages. In addition, in accordance with the Privacy Act, they will inform your family.

How to Access Consular Information Sheets, Travel Notices, and Public Announcements Information

Such as Consular Information Sheets, Travel Notices and Public Announcements can be heard at any time when you call the Office of Foreign Citizen Services, American Citizens Services, and Crisis Management, Office of Consular Affairs, by phone (202) 647-5225. These recordings are always updated according to the latest information. You may also access the Consular Information, Travel Notices and Public Announcements, which may be obtained from any regional passport agency, from most of the airline’s computer reservation systems, from the U.S. embassies abroad, or when you submit your request. For this you will have to indicate the desired country in the lower corner of the page and place it in an envelope addressed directly to the Office of Consumer Services Abroad, Office of Consular Affairs, room 4811, Department of State of the U.S., Washington/DC 20520-4818. For more information on travel and news, please visit: www.state.gov