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Top 10 Travel Tips for Students
- Make sure you have signed, valid passport & visas. Fill in
emergency information on passport. Make copies of all information,
keep at least
one copy elsewhere (i.e. hotel safe).
- Read the Consular Information Sheets, Public Announcements and
Travel Warnings for the countries you plan on visiting.
- Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with
family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of
an emergency. Keep your host program informed of your whereabouts.
- Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical
needs (including medical evacuation) while you are overseas.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries
to which you are traveling. Remember, while you are in a foreign
country, you are subject to its laws!
- Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas and never
accept packages from strangers.
- While abroad, avoid using illicit drugs or drinking excessive
amounts of alcoholic beverages, and associating with people who do.
- Do not become a target for thieves by wearing conspicuous clothing
and expensive jewelry, and do not carry excessive amounts of cash
or unnecessary credit cards.
- Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money to avoid
violating local laws.
- When overseas, avoid demonstrations and other situations that
may become unruly or where anti-American sentiments may be expressed.
*Source: U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affair, 9/00
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