YOU NEED A PASSPORT! No matter your nationality, make sure you have a passport that is valid beyond your travel date. Check yours today!
For the US, required passport validity is at least six months beyond the date you intend to return to the US. No matter your nationality, make sure you are familiar with the validity requirements.
For US-passports, you can obtain application and renewal forms online at the US Department of State, or locally at any post office. It can take up to six weeks to receive your passport, so plan accordingly.[/vc_toggle]
US-American and Canadian passport holders do not need a visa to visit any European country, Chile or Argentina for periods of less than three months. For some passport holders, a Reciprocity Fee may need to be paid before entering a country.
Please make sure to always check official travel information about your destination made available by your government, e.g. the US Department of State, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Canadian Travel and Tourism information, New Zealand Safe Travel, etc.
Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Documents
Should this happen to you while abroad please let your Tour Leader know right away so you can communicate with the consulate or embassy of your country. Most countries provide guidelines on what to do online. For example, the US Department of State’s Lost or Stolen Passport page is very helpful.
Customs is fairly easy these days as long as you are not trying to smuggle forbidden items. Even fruit is sometimes considered contraband so be aware of what you have packed away.
When traveling abroad, it’s always a good idea to carry a copy of your passport with you. Make sure you carry the copy separate from your actual passport and leave another copy with someone at home. With smartphones and cloud storage, it’s also a good idea to have digital copies you can access while traveling.