On the Move Again: International Travel Tips

Posted on 8-16-2023

With the COVID pandemic receding in most areas of the world, Americans are traveling again. U.S. citizens took more than 80 million international trips in 2022, an increase of almost 66% over 2021.

Are you planning a foreign vacation?  This week, Craig Siminski, of CMS Retirement Income Planning, shares with us an article offering some suggestions that might help keep it on track:

Obtain Required Documents

A passport (or in some cases a passport card) is required to enter and return from all foreign countries, including Canada and Mexico. Your passport should have at least six months of validity beyond the dates of your trip. U.S. citizens can travel to many foreign countries without obtaining a visa in advance, but be sure to follow the rules for all countries on your itinerary.

If you need a new or updated passport, check processing and mailing times before booking your trip.

Follow Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Although restrictions have eased, some countries still require COVID vaccination and/or a negative COVID test before entry. Even if there are no requirements, you should protect yourself and be aware of the public health situation in any country you visit.

Alert Your Bank and Credit-Card Company

Many banks and credit-card companies monitor foreign transactions, so it’s wise to inform them in advance and ask about fees for international transactions.

Carry at least two cards: a debit card that will allow you to withdraw money from foreign ATMs and a chip-enhanced credit card with a PIN set up before you leave. Although the credit card may only require a signature in the United States, it might require…

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Craig Siminski is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, with more than 25 years of experience. His goal is to provide families, business owners, and their employees with assistance in building their financial freedom.

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