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Travel Documentation

Passport Requirements

When traveling internationally, make two copies of your passport identification page.  This will help speed up the replacement of your passport should it be lost or stolen.  Leave one copy at home with friends or family and carry the other with you.  Make sure the copy is not in the same place as the original passport.  A passport is a document issued by an authorized official that is usually necessary for exit and reentry into a country, allows travel in a foreign country in accordance with visa requirements, and requests protection for a citizen while abroad.

Make sure you have two forms of photo ID.  Carry any medical information that might be required should you be injured or incapacitated.

Health Insurance

Getting medical treatment and hospital care abroad can be expensive for travelers who get sick or injured during a trip.  Before your trip, check with your health insurance regarding the medical services they cover overseas.  If your policy does not provide this type of coverage, purchase a temporary health policy that provides short-term health and emergency coverage.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended.  Some travel insurance plans will cover you for the cancellation or interruption of your trip, some form of emergency medical care while traveling, lost or stolen luggage, and other unforeseen emergencies.  Certain credit card may also provide additional travel insurance, provided you have used the card to purchase the ticket for your trip.


What is a visa?

A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed in your passport by a foreign government that permits you to enter that country for a specified purpose ad a limited time – for example a 3-month tourist visa.  It is advisable to obtain visas before you leave because you may not be able to obtain visas for some countries at your point of entry.  You should apply directly to the embassy or nearest consulate of each country that you plan to visit.

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Concepts and TerminologyConfidential, TRX Inc.7 November 2007

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