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Posted: 04/09/202413,469 Views

If you’re traveling to another country this year, particularly for the first time, it’s essential to bring along certain documents. Beyond just making travel easier, many of these documents may be required depending on the country you’re traveling to.

The Five Documents to Bring on an International Trip

According to the US State Department, these five documents are essential for travel outside the United States and may be required depending on your travel details. Of course, this is all in addition to the travel medical insurance or travel insurance you should be sure to purchase before you go.

1. Passport

A passport is your invitation to see the world, and you’ll need one to enter just about any other country. Be sure to check your passport expiration date, as some countries require certain validity, such as a minimum of six months, in order for the passport to be accepted. Also, keep in mind that US passports for children under age 16 are only valid for five years. Be sure that every traveler has a passport with proper validity for all of the countries you’re visiting.

2. Visa

Whether or not you need a visa to visit your international destination depends on where you’re from, where you’re going, and the nature of your trip. For instance, anyone with an American passport can travel to a Schengen nation in Europe for up to 90 days without a visa. However, anyone with an Indian passport must apply for a Schengen visa to travel there. This varies depending on citizenship and destination, so do your homework well in advance. Visas can take some time to be approved.

3. Prescriptions

Although you should always carry prescription medications in their original bottles, some destinations may also require you to provide a valid copy of the prescription. In addition, certain medications that are legal and prescribed in your country may be illegal in your destination country. It is imperative that you check with your destination’s embassy prior to travel so you’re aware of all medication and documentation laws.

4. Consent for Travel with Minors

If you’re traveling alone with your children, border officials in some countries may require you to provide notarized written consent from the other parent, or custody documents. Once again, you will need to check with the embassy of your destination to learn the requirements before you go.

5. International Driving Permit

Many countries do not recognize US driver’s licenses and require an International Driving Permit in order for your to drive legally. You may also need supplemental auto insurance, so be sure to do this research well ahead of your trip and apply for the IDP if necessary.

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