Preparing for International Travel

Kamran A. Khawar leads VinoVue, Inc., and has learned a great deal about the wine industry. In addition, Kamran A. Khawar travels internationally frequently.

International travel requires more planning than trips close to home. Therefore, you should prepare thoroughly and make sure that you have all the necessary materials and documents in order before leaving.

For instance, you should make sure that your passport won’t expire in the near future. While the United States may allow a citizen to travel up until the passport’s expiration date, other countries might not allow the visitor to enter if the expiration date is less than six months in the future. Therefore, you should renew your passport in a timely manner before traveling to avoid this potential issue.

As well as finalizing documentation, you should determine how you will make purchases while abroad. If you plan to use credit cards, you should call the credit card companies to alert them of the international travel. Additionally, you should see if the card has a foreign transaction fee. This type of fee can be avoided with certain credit cards, and you might want to get one of these cards if you go abroad frequently, as these fees can add up.


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