A Cheat Sheet For Unhampered International Travel
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Johnny is planning to travel to Rome, Italy with friends to visit ancient Rome historical sites. He and his 4 friends have already arranged schedules and plans on what to do upon arriving there. He learned from the internet that the Italian visa is part of the Schengen visa. Since he and his 4 friends were not an EU citizen, they need to apply for a visa. Johnny needs to fix this visa soon before booking an airline.

In this situation encountered by Johnny, you may ask, “what is a visa? Is it the visa symbol you saw from the shopping spree credit card? Or a clever abbreviation – Very Important Spam Apple which sounds nonsense or Vampire Inside Someone’s Accomodation – well, sounding scary funny. For international travel vocabulary, visa means an entry permit issued by a country to the citizen of another country. It allows a non-citizen for a limited period of time – days, weeks to months of stay in a foreign country. Visa also draws the line on who are the citizens and non-citizens of the country. Wonder what visa looks like? Well, it is just a piece of paper embellished with security codes, holographic designs, serial numbers that look like a code for opening a bank vault, dates of start of entry and expiration, the name of issuing country and your ID picture.

The issuance of visa depends upon the country of your destination or choice and your citizenship passport. Some countries may not require a visa on reciprocal reasons or bilateral agreements while other countries require a visa. For instance, having a UK, US, Swedish and Finnish passport can get you access to 173 countries easily. While having a Somali and Afghan passport can only let you unrestricted travel to 38 countries.

Nevertheless, whatever is your country citizenship, if you have a preparation and proper documents, you can go to any country you want, but for Antartica, which is of course a world of ice and although visa free, you will be met there some grinning penguins and polar bears and a few People in research stations.

International travel is fun and exciting, but at the same time nerve wracking for first timers. And if it is your first time in the airport, an additional TSA security check can be intimidating. Start a preparation and run for visa expediting services at your nearest places and begin your adventure with these cheat sheets.

• Prepare an enough wad of cash in your wallet and ATM. Be sure you have enough money to cover your accommodation or hotel expenses. Research for foreign banks that have partnerships or accept your local bank ATM. Otherwise, you will get a surprise as your ATM card gets a hassle of withdrawing cash in foreign lands.

• Apply for a visa at your nominated expediting agency and if you are in Detroit, you can seek for the help of a reliable Detroit passport agency that offers reliable visa application in Detroit. Using an expediting agency can help you save time, money and sweat from queuing.

• Stick to 6 months passport validity rule – In your passport, you can see the expiration date. Your country might allow travel even if your passport will expire in the next 6 months, but some and numerous countries won’t allow that. These countries will require you to have 6 month valid passport prior to expiration.

• Research countries of your interest – Know their culture and cities. Research what are their visa rules, requirements, local laws.

• Have a sim card specially made for international calling and texting. International data roaming can be expensive and can surprise you with unwanted bills.

• Take advantage of internet through smarpthone applications – Android, Windows and iPhone applications can serve you well with free and unlimited communication. Apps like Viber, Whatsapp, Chikka, Line app offers free calls, SMS and MSMS. You will just need a wifi or internet and a smartphone to use them. With these applications you will never miss your love one and continue communicating even you are in the farthest land.

• Use GPS, and google map for accurate navigation. – Not only GPS is free in your smartphone, it can help you find your destination abroad and ping your friends of your whereabouts around the globe.

• If you have cash, exchange your local currency to US dollars and the half for the local currency of your country of destination.

• If you intend to carry medicine, bring prescriptions as some countries like Gulf Arab countries since immigration controls may check your medicine for prescriptions.

• Importantly, register with your embassy. Your country government can contact you easily in case there will be a problem at foreign country of your destination. Informing your country embassy gives you an access to any legal and medical assistance that your government can provide.


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