This guide should provide some helpful tips for foreign travel from the US.
1. Ensure updated travel documents
Before you travel, ensure that your passport, and green card and travel permit (if applicable) are valid and unexpired for at least three months prior to travel.
2. Ensure there are no bans of any sort prior to travel
The US government has issued an electronics ban from several countries in the Middle East flying into and out of certain airports. Before departing the US, confirm that you are not traveling through these destinations and if so, comply with the ban (i.e. All electronic devices larger than a cell phone must be checked into the cargo rather than being in carry on luggage).
3. Check with the Department of State for any travel warnings
Be aware of any Travel Warnings or Travel Alerts for your destination country, which describe risks to you and may affect your travel plans. Also check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you will be traveling for the latest security messages.
4. Acquire a visa to enter your destination
Much like US immigration law, foreign countries have visa requirements for travel. Check with the foreign embassy in the US for more information about applying for and acquiring the visa.
5. Bring medical documentation if applicable
Many countries have strict rules on carrying medicine into their country. For any prescription medicine, obtain your doctors prescription.
6. Make copies of foreign travel documents
Ensure you have at least two copies of all entry and biographical documents - one with you and each travel companion and the other with a trusted person in the US in case of any issues that occur during travel.
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