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BE SAFE as you Travel Internationally

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If you are currently traveling abroad or are planning an international holiday, RJWestmore asks that you keep the following safe international travel tips in mind.

  • Renew your passport six to nine months before it expires, as some countries will not grant you entry if your passport expiration is eminent.
  • Some countries require both a passport and visa for entry; make sure you know which documentation is needed from you well ahead of time.
  • When traveling to another country, be aware that you must follow their laws. It is important that you are familiar with the local rules and regulations of each place you plan to visit. The U.S. Department of State provides a full list of updated country customs and laws.
  • Make copies of your itinerary, passport and visa. Leave a copy with family or friends and place another in your checked luggage.
  • Do research before you leave. Check to make sure your medical insurance policy apply overseas. If it does not and you plan to stay abroad for awhile, you may want to purchase a temporary supplemental policy.
  • Do not forget to check with your health care provider regarding vaccinations you may need prior to your trip.
  • To stay healthy during your travels, keep the following in mind:
    • When flying, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids: water, juice and non-caffeinated tea are best.
    • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as soda and coffee.
    • Keep your distance. By staying at least six feet away from others while you travel (especially those who appear to be sick), you could decrease your risk of contracting germs.
    • Frequently wash your hands. Use warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds at a time. You should also carry a small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, for times when water and soap are not readily accessible.
  • Carry your ID at all times. Remember to bring your driver’s license and another set of photo identification. Also, make sure you bring:
    •  Health insurance card
    • Allergy bracelets
    • Emergency contact information.
    • Make sure your passport and visa are signed and the emergency information sections are completed.
  • Safe hotels rooms should be equipped with deadbolt locks, peepholes, fire sprinklers and telephones which allow for outside dialing. Also, look for well-lit interior hallways and grounds.
  • Ask for a hotel room located above the first floor and below the sixth. This will limit easy break-ins. Stay within reach of fire ladders. Always lock your door. Use the peephole and do not leave unsecured valuables in your room.
  • Use the ATM only in groups during daylight hours and use caution when entering your PIN number.
  • Electrical outlets outside North America are generally different. Consider purchasing a travel plug adapter in order to access your appliances via foreign outlets.
  • Avoid being the victim of crime.
    • Do not leave luggage unattended in public places.
    • Keep jewelry to a minimum.
    • Do not carry large amounts of cash or credit cards. Consider purchasing one of the numerous money carrying safety devices available, such as the money belt or leg pouch wallet. If you plan to carry a wallet, keep it close to your body and if you carry a purse, pick one that crosses over your body.
  • While traveling, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest U.S. Embassy and Consulate. A list is available at: During the event of an emergency while overseas, you can contact 202-501-4444 for assistance.
  • For extra security while traveling, sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Registering your travel plans will help the government to assist you in an emergency. The free service is available at


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