You have a lot of things to remember when you are packing for your trip. However, the worst thing to forget are your important travel documents. Without them, you may not be able to take your trip.
Whether you are traveling within the United States or traveling overseas, this list can help ensure you are packing the documentation you need in order to have a great trip.
For traveling within the United States, all people over the age of 18 are required to show a valid, current U.S. federal or state-issued photo ID that contains name, date of birth, gender, expiration date, and a tamper-resistant feature. These IDs include:
Depending on your travel plans, it may also be helpful to have these documents on hand:
No matter where in the world you are traveling, it is a good idea to take with you the following documents:
Some countries have stricter documentation requirements when entering:
To enter Australia you may be required to have an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA on the Australian Government website.
Permanent U.S. residents need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) in order to be able to fly into the country. You can apply for an eTA on the Canadian Government website.
All travelers to Honduras must complete a biometric passenger registration process than includes an online customs and immigration form that should be completed before arriving in Honduras. Travelers can complete the form online.
Visitors to the United Kingdom can join the Registered Traveler program which expedites the process of pre-approved, low-risk international travelers entering the country. You can register for the Registered Traveler program on the U.K. government site.
Some countries may require you to show additional documentation, such as:
For those studying abroad, there is a different set of documentation needed in order to ensure entry into the foreign country as well as re-entry into the United States:
It is important to make sure you are storing your travel documents in a safe place before you depart for your trip.
It can be a stressful situation to lose important travel documents when you’re overseas. If documents such as your passport are lost or stolen while traveling, you may have coverage with your travel insurance plan.
Most Arch RoamRight travel insurance policies provide coverage for passports and visas that are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed during your trip. This coverage can provide reimbursement
for fees association with the replacement of these documents. You may also have coverage for trip delay associated with lost, stolen, or damaged visas or passports.
The travel assistance services included with Arch RoamRight travel insurance policies can also provide assistance for replacing lost or stolen travel documents. If you need this assistance and are currently covered by an Arch RoamRight travel insurance
plan, you can call collect at +1-443-279-7335 or toll-free at 1-855-286-8348.
RoamRight's Marketing Communications Specialist, Victoria Zidwick, has worked in the travel insurance industry for more than five years. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has a handful of international travel experiences.Victoria's travel experiences have changed in recent years, as her family grows and she is learning the ins and outs of traveling with children. Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn or follow her onTwitter or Google Plus.
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