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International Travel Tips

Tips for traveling abroad

Go through these checklist items, and learn how International Travel Insurance is important for your trip.

Trip Tips

Before you head out the door for your international trip, check out these few simple tips that could save you time and reduce the opportunity for unforeseen circumstances to catch you by surprise! Remember, one of the biggest unexpected events is a medical one – be sure you are covered with international health insurance in the event you would become ill or injured while traveling out of the country.

Passport, Please. All abroad destinations require a valid passport and some may even require a visa. Be sure to sign your passport, and fill in the emergency information. Double check to make sure you have proper identification with you before you go. Don’t have a passport? Visit a local USPS post office to obtain one. Read more about the requirements to acquire a U.S. Passport.

Tell Family or Friends. It is important that a close friend or family member knows of your travel plans, including details like length of stay, destinations, and traveling companions. Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport data page and visa with this person. This is helpful in case of an emergency that happens stateside (and you need to be contacted) or abroad (and you need someone to contact). While applying for travel medical insurance, it will ask for an emergency contact.

Know Your Destination. A good travel safety tip is to make yourself familiar with your destination before you go. This will help you get the most enjoyment out of your visit and to avoid known dangers. Make yourself aware of restrictions on items that may be taken abroad, as well as items that can be brought back to the U.S. Nothing is more disappointing than having to leave a special souvenir behind because it is not allowed through customs, so know this information ahead of time and you’ll be sure to return home happier.

Travel Health Insurance. Depending on your type of travel you may be required to have medical coverage in order to go to your destination. Ask your health insurance company if your policy covers you while traveling outside of the United States, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, you may consider supplemental insurance, such as that offered through International Medical Group® (IMG®). Although we don’t want to think about our trip being ruined by an illness or injury, anything can happen and you’ll want to be sure you’re covered.

It’s (Their) Law. Did you know that while in a foreign country you are subject to their laws? Be sure to familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws of your destination. The United States State Department website can help with this. It has useful safety and other information about countries you may visit.

Don’t Be A Target. Crime can happen anywhere, but you certainly are more vulnerable in a foreign place where you are unfamiliar with the surroundings, laws, and language(s). Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime by not wearing noticeable clothing or jewelry and not carrying excessive amounts of cash.

Additional Resources

The above information is courtesy of the U.S. State Department website. Please visit this site for more useful and helpful information. You may also want to learn more about the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and how this could help you if an emergency situation would arise.

For additional trip resource information, including safe overseas destinations, travel accommodations, helpful conversions for time zones and currency, plus much more, visit

If you need more assistance, call a licensed Product Advisor to discuss your international medical insurance options: (800) 444-8990.