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International Travel Abroad Checklist


We recognize there are many steps to planning a trip. We have developed a detailed checklist to help simplify the process.


  • Download the International SOS Assistance App on your smartphone
  • Make sure you have a valid passport. Your passport should not expire less than 180 days prior to your return to the U.S.
  • Determine if you will need an entry visa for any of the countries you plan to visit. 
  • Photocopy passport, visa(s), insurance card, credit card(s), tickets and other personal documents, and give copies to someone you trust at home. Keep a copy for yourself, separate from the originals. 
  • Scan important documents and email them to yourself.
  • Carry an extra photo ID, if available.
  • Share your itinerary with your office, family and/or friends.
  • Educate yourself about local culture and customs
  • Ask your bank and credit card providers whether your cards will work at your destination. Inquire about fees and partner banks.


  • Make sure you take your medical Insurance Card with you.
  • Visit your health care professional to ensure that:
    • You have received all necessary vaccinations.
    • You have packed prescription medications to last your entire trip as well as extra dosages for any travel delays.
    • All of your medications are legal in the country/countries where you are traveling.
  • Be sure you know the location of the nearest hospital or medical facility in the country/countries where you are traveling. International SOS (ISOS) can provide information on clinics and hospitals at your location(s).
  • Make sure you understand how your health insurance coverage works abroad. If you are a student, review Florida Tech’s Study Abroad Student Handbook information.
  • Make sure you take your ISOS card with you.
  • For additional information, please review the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) health advice and checklist for travel.

Safety and Security

Mobile devices and technology

While you are traveling

  • Monitor travel advisories and real time safety alerts from the ISOS app.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any neighborhoods or areas known to be unsafe.

Travel documents

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