A Few Pre-Travel Tips!

Now that you’ve booked your ticket, and are looking forward to a magical journey, keep these helpful tips in mind to ensure that all goes well on the first leg of your trip.


1: Check that your PASSPORT is valid.

It is not highly uncommon for someone to arrive at the airport and only then realize that their passport has expired. Thankfully, we at 24 Hour Passport and Visas are able to expedite your passport renewal in as little as 24 hrs!!  It would be a good idea though, to check your passport the moment you begin making plans, to save yourself the hassle of changing flights, which can sometimes be quite costly.  Check and ensure that your passport has not been damaged. Water damage or wear and tear can render a passport unusable at the airport or border. We are able to expedite the processing of your new passport, and get your adventure en route!

2: Make sure to have at least 6 Months remaining on your passport before it expires.

Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid not only for the duration of your visit, but also for three to six months after your entry from their country.

3: Make sure your passport is signed and that the emergency information is filled in!

Emergencies are just that… EMERGENT… they happen unexpectedly fast! Be sure to have your emergency contact information on you at ALL times. Also, sign up with ‘STEP’ before you leave. https://step.state.gov/step/


(The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. It allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.)


4: Be aware of visa requirements.

In some countries, a visa is not required for U.S. citizens traveling less than 90 days. In countries that do require a visa, stop by our office, and we’ll provide you with a brand new VISA in no time! Check out the list on our website to see all the countries we are able to provide visas for, and what the requirements are.

5: Contact your insurance provider.

Make sure that your health insurance is valid outside of the country before you leave. Most policies will not cover you when traveling abroad, and you may need to purchase separate travel insurance to protect you against incidents such as medical evacuations, car accidents, and other sudden and unexpected emergencies. Be proactive and research your insurance needs before you travel outside of your home country.

6: While we are on the topic of health…

Are Your Immunizations Up-to-Date?  Be sure to consult your doctor or a travel medicine expert before engaging in international travel! Immunizations and prescriptions for preventative medications can help to ensure a healthy and happy trip. Visit   http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/  for more information- they have health information for over 200 countries.

7: Contact your financial institution.

Let them know where you’ll be travelling abroad, as well as the exact dates of travel to prevent any unexpected funds holds, and prevent any fraud occurring after you have returned. Banks are also typically less expensive places to exchange cash into foreign currency. It never hurts to have a little in your pocket pre-arrival for things such as taxi-rides from the airport, water bottle purchases etc.

8: Call your cell phone provider!

If you are planning on taking your cellphone with you, be aware that roaming charges DO apply. There may also be added fees for using your internet, and higher text/sms fees. A monstrous bill upon your return may most likely be avoided by changing your plan just for the duration of your trip.

Alternatively, if you are able to ‘unlock’ your cellphone, you may quite easily purchase a simcard from the country you are travelling in and ‘pay-as-you-go’.


There you have it! Hope these tips come in handy! Don’t forget to follow us on twitter and Facebook for fun news, and deals and steals of the day! Remember, we get you there FAST!

Bon Voyage!

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