Are you eager to pack your luggage and travel overseas? You’re in luck! International travel is possible again if you take the right steps and know what to expect. Based on our recent experience, here are a few PRO TIPS to consider before traveling internationally.
- PLAN AHEAD
Book your vacation in advance — especially if you are looking to travel over the upcoming holidays or during peak travel times. Certain locations are already filled up due to cancellations from last year and the recent pent-up demand for travel. NOW is the time to make plans for next Spring and Summer, especially European destinations!
- CHECK YOUR PASSPORT’S EXPIRATION DATE
If your passport is set to expire this year and you plan on traveling, allow extra time for renewals to avoid any last-minute issues. Many destinations require passports to be valid at least 6 months beyond your travel dates and some even require multiple blank pages in your passport. Expedited renewal services are harder to come by and the standard renewal process can take upwards of 18 weeks. Be sure to check your passport well ahead of time.
- KNOW YOUR DESTINATION’S SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Travel requirements are changing constantly, and it’s important to check your destination’s government website prior to packing your bags. Most destinations require advanced travel authorization through their government’s website. This is where it pays off to have a trusted travel professional because simple mistakes like this can cost you unnecessary, expensive delays or trip postponements.
- PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE
Now more than ever, having a Plan B is important! Trip insurance can cover a variety of things from you catching an illness that prevents you from traveling home to flight cancellations. Trip insurance guarantees added peace of mind!
- PRE-ARRANGE YOUR RETURN COVID-19 TEST
Pre-arranging your COVID-19 test can help you focus on your vacation and not have to worry about being denied on your flight home. Currently the United States requires all travelers returning from international destinations to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR). Many international resorts offer convenient, on-site testing options for their guests. Additionally, a trusted travel advisor can assist you with pre-booking these tests or you can research nearby testing sites.
- ENLIST THE HELP OF A TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL
Travel is always unpredictable but with a trusted travel professional it doesn’t have to be. We can leverage our preferred industry relationships to ensure that last-minute issues are handled quickly and efficiently, so you can remain focused on enjoying your adventure. We’ll connect you to locales and experiences that lend themselves to the best post-COVID international adventure (think wide open spaces and off-the-beaten path experiences). We have trusted, local travel partners who successfully provide amazing experiences while also following post COVID-19 safety protocols.
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