It’s always best when things run smoothly on a vacation and the Cruise & Travel Experts team does its best to get the details right so there are no delays to your fun. Obviously, any trip requires careful planning. Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a safe and enjoyable trip outside the United States.
Make sure you have all the required travel documents and they are up-to-date
Most U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport to travel overseas and reenter the United States. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies your identity and citizenship. Most foreign countries require a valid passport to enter and leave. Some countries may allow you to enter with only a birth certificate, or with a birth certificate and a driver’s license, but all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air, must present a valid passport to reenter the United States. If you are traveling by land or sea, you must provide evidence of both your U.S. citizenship and your identity when you reenter the United States. For many land or sea trips, this means you can travel using the new U.S. passport card instead of the normal passport book. Make sure your passport and other forms of identity are current weeks before your departure date. If you are traveling with children, be aware that some countries have instituted requirements to help prevent child abductions and may require travelers to present proof of relationship to the children and evidence of consent from any non-accompanying parent(s).