(Closed) Double-checking what is needed for international travel…

posted 10 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You don’t need to take birth certificates or social security cards abroad with you ever.  I’m guessing you don’t need vaccinations down there but you can check in guide books for the area.

Post # 4
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

passport, check!  That’s all you need…unless you plan on moving there 😉  have a ball!

Post # 5
2394 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Passport only.

I would recommend, though, that you carry photocopies of your passport and your driver’s license and store them in a safe place in your hotel room.  You can also register your trip with the Department of State at: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

They’ll notify the nearest U.S. Consulate of your itinerary, which can be a big help if something goes amiss.

I’m sure everything will be fine, though! 

Post # 7
11810 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion

Nope, just need your passports!  Have a great time!

Post # 8
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Just wanted to second making a copies. I’m a bit over cautious… but when I travel I carry my passport in my purse and take two copies of my passport and license (one for my carry-on and one for my checked baggage). Also– definitely put the passport in the room safe if there is one. 

Post # 9
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Actually, most of the time it’s strongly recommended to NEVER take your SS card or birth certificate out of the country, unless you’re switching your citizenship.

Your passport should be plenty (why even bother with DL? Unless you’re driving yourself to the airport). DO make copies though, 2 each of the main photo page, addendums page (if applicable) and after you get there your entry stamp/visa page. Keep each set somewhere different, both away from your actual passport. Always carry a photocopy on your person; see about locking your actual passports up in the hotel safe when you arrive.

Post # 10
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I doudle checked the CDC website when we traveled out of the country and at the advice of my doctor updated my tetnus shot.  I’d just check with your doctor to make sure that they don’t think you need anything.  Oh and DON’T forget to ask about prescriptions before you leave.  I learned that one the hard way.

Post # 11
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I actually don’t think I’ve ever even seen my SS card.  Much less my birth cert.


Just a passport.  And a credit card. 

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