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Q&A

Do I need a passport when traveling outside the United States?

Yes, a passport is required for all travel by air, cruise ships and by car outside the USA. There are some exceptions by car and ship, please go to the Passport & Visa tab for more details. This is for all U. S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents.

How do I apply for a passport?

Please see the Passport and Visa tab on this web site.

When is a Visa required?

Please see Passport and Visa

How much luggage can I take when traveling abroad?

This is determined by the airline, weight, tour operator, or length of stay. For airline allowances please see the Airline Requirement tab. NOTE: If you are traveling to multiple cities by smaller airplanes within a geographic area there may be weight limitations set by the tour operator. This information will be provided at time of booking.

Are there special requirements when traveling alone with a child?

Yes, if only one parent is traveling with their minor child or children a notarized letter of authorization, signed by the other parent, is required. This is a federal regulation to protect all minor children from potential removal from their homes without the permission of the other legal parent. Without the proper documentation you will not be allowed to board the plane, ship, train or any other type of commercial transportation. Each circumstance is different, and may require different documentation, please call to discuss your options.

What documentation is required if a non-parent is traveling with a child?

There are occasions when a child travels with a grandparent, couch, family friend or other family members. A notarized letter of authorization, signed by both parents, is required. This is a federal regulation to protect all minor children from potential removal from their homes without the permission of their legal parents. Without the proper documentation you will not be allowed to board the plane, ship, train or any other type of commercial transportation. Each circumstance is different, and may require different or additional documentation, please call to discuss your options.

Do I need special permission for medical assistance if traveling with a minor?

If you are traveling with a minor child and are not the legal guardian, it is strongly suggested that in the notarized letter mentioned in question 6 you add the following line. In the event my/our child requires medical assistance I/we authorize (your name) to seek medical attention for (child’s name).

Why would I need travel insurance if I have medical coverage already?

Travel insurance covers much more than just medical; even if you have medical insurance it is important to make sure your personal policy will cover you and your family while traveling. Contact your insurance company to check and see if the policy has coverage for outside the state you reside in, or outside the United States. Please visit the Travel Insurance page to learn more about travel insurance.