Traveling outside of the US requires careful planning. Chances are you have spent countless hours picking a destination, deciding on the best dates, and arranging travel and hotel accommodations. Have you researched the local laws where you are visiting? Do you have the appropriate documents? How will your family reach you in case of an emergency? Do you have the right insurance to travel outside of the US? Follow the checklist below to make sure you are truly ready for your adventure!
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Research your destination to learn about visa requirements, local laws, customs, and medical care in the country you plan to visit. Some travelers, such as those with disabilities, women, and LGBTQI persons, may face challenges in other countries. A great place to do this research is travel.state.gov.
Notify your bank and credit card companies of your intended travel, and be sure to check exchange rates. Be sure to learn about using cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs in your destination country.
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Make sure you have international health insurance whenever you are traveling abroad. No US health insurance plan covers you overseas, including Medicare and Medicaid. You should consider buying travel insurance to cover medical expenses and emergency evacuation. Foreign hospitals and doctors typically require payment in cash, and emergency evacuation can cost up to $100,000. Learn more about health care abroad.