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Travel Documents

Posted on 01 December 2009 by Sasha

Travel documents are vital to your travels and include passport, visa’s, insurance policy, plane tickets, itinerary, hotel/ tour vouchers etc.  These documents are extremely important, for example if you try to enter some countries without a visa you will be refused entry, if you forget your plane ticket or itinerary how will you know when to check in and what flight to catch? 

It’s a good idea to make a few copies of your travel documents, leave one with a trusted friend of family member, travel with a spare copy hidden somewhere in your luggage and even have an electronic copy on a USB.  To help keep track of your travel documents download the Travel Document Checklist.

Passport

A passport is an official government document that is your form of identification and proof of citizenship. Your passport is vital for any overseas travel and is used to identify yourself upon departing or entering a country. You will need a passport to apply for visa’s, cash traveller’s cheques as well as purchasing airline tickets. It is a requirement for some countries to have at least 6 months validity on your passport beyond your stay. Check with the embassy or consulate for each country’s passport validity requirements.

Visas

A visa is your official temporary permission to enter another country. There are many different types of visa’s including tourist visas, work visas, single-entry and multiple entry visas. Whether or not you need a visa and what visa you require depends on the country your travelling to, the purpose of your trip and how long you intent to stay in that country. For some countries you will need to apply for you visa prior to arrival while other countries will issue your visa upon arrival at immigration at the destination.

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