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International Travel

What documents do I need for international travel?
What happens if I don't have my passport on the day of my flight?
How do I get a passport?
What are the entry requirements for children traveling to Mexico?
Have security procedures changed for international travel?
Can I book tickets for other people?
What should I know about the euro changeover that took place January 1, 2002?

What documents do I need for international travel?
Any time you travel to a foreign country, you'll need to prove your citizenship. If you're a U.S. citizen, international travel requirements are outlined on the
U.S. State Department Web Site. If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact your consulate or embassy office to verify your requirements.
In general a passport issued by the country of your citizenship is required. If you have a passport, make certain it's valid at least six months following your planned return. Some countries require that you have a visa issued by the country you're going to visit. Visa requirements vary based on the purpose of your visit and the length of stay. Some countries have specific requirements for immunizations that vary depending on where you are visiting and where you have traveled recently. Please click here to visit CDC Web Site.
You MUST contact an embassy/consulate of the country you are traveling to, to find out its latest "Entry Requirements". Failure to do so might result in your inability to enter that country or even being arrested.

What happens if I don't have my passport on the day of my flight? top
You must have a valid passport in order to board the International flight. The airline will not allow you to board otherwise and your reservation will be cancelled.

How do I get a passport? top
You can apply for a passport at more than 4,500 "passport acceptance facilities" nationwide. Those facilities include many courts, post offices, libraries, and county and municipal offices. Click here to locate a facility ner you.

What are the entry requirements for children traveling to Mexico? top
Children under 18 who are traveling alone, with a parent, or in someone else's custody must present notarized consent from parent(s). Click here to find out additional entry requirements for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico or another country.

Have security procedures changed for international travel? top
You still are required to have all your personal documentation, including a passport and, depending on where you travel, a visa. Airlines are required by the U.S. Transportation Department to verify and record your full name and keep it on file. They will take this information from your passport.

Can I book tickets for other people? top
Yes, you may make reservations for other poeple. FAA requires that there be at least one adult passenger for every infant. Please contact the airline directly to obtain its rules and regulations for unaccompanied children. During the purchase process, you will be asked to provide the names of all travelers on an itinerary. For security reasons, the airlines mandate that the name you provide matches the one on the traveler's government-issued ID. Please email us for more details.

What should I know about the euro changeover that took place January 1, 2002? top
On January 1, 2002, 12 members of the European Union adopted a single currency: the euro. That means visitors to that set of countries, known as the "euro zone" or "euroland," must get used to paying for goods and counting their change in euros. People still are able to exchange outgoing currencies -- but that will last only for a limited time. Here are 8 things you need to know about the switchover:
1. Which EU countries are adopting the euro? The dozen countries adopting the euro make up the world's biggest tourist zone with about $80 billion in tourism receipts. Those countries are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Britain, Sweden and Denmark are NOT adopting the euro.

How does the euro benefit travelers? It's expected to reduce the cost and alleviate the hassle of exchanging currency. Travelers won't have to spend time or money changing currency when going from one "euro zone" country to another. Also, the euro should also make it easier to compare prices for the same goods in different countries.
When will businesses and banks stop accepting outgoing currencies? Most businesses in the euro zone stopped accepting outgoing currencies in February 2002, but many commercial banks will accept local currencies for many more months. Most European national central banks will exchange coins in national currencies until the end of 2002. But they'll exchange notes for at least ten years, and in some cases longer. Central banks in France and Germany say they will redeem old francs and marks indefinitely. Greece and Italy's central banks will redeem lire and drachma until 2012, and the central bank in the Netherlands plans to redeem Dutch guilders until 2032. Thomas Cook says it will redeem old European currencies at its 40 U.S. exchange bureaus as long as the individual country's central bank accepts them. American Express' 120 bureaus also will redeem them for dollars for years to come. And Citibank says it will redeem local currencies until February 28 at its U.S. branches and two exchange bureaus in Manhattan.
How much is a euro worth? One euro equals about U.S. $1.40
What about using credit cards? Credit card receipts will be tabulated in euros, but the statements will come back to you in dollars.
Will the euro have any impact on European value-added taxes (V.A.T.)? For Americans, not much. The V.A.T. rate, a form of sales tax charged on goods and services in most European countries, varies from about 15 percent to 25 percent of the purchase price and is refundable on goods that leave the country. Those rates probably won't change, though international travelers may be able to request a refund in euros as well as dollars or national currencies.
What does it look like? There are eight euro coins and seven euro notes. The notes are identical in all participating countries, but the coins will have a common European face on one side and a face reflecting the country minting it on the other. All coins and notes will be valid in the euro zone.
Will the visually disabled be able to distinguish euros? Yes. The euro currency will incorporate specific characteristics that allow the visually impaired to distinguish between the different euro notes and coins. Specific tactile patterns are printed along the edges of the EUR 200 and EUR 500 banknotes, suing a special process called intaglio, to aid in recognizing them. Also, each banknote's value is printed in big, bold figures with sharply contrasting dominant colors.

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