With Thanksgiving and winter holidays just around the corner, lots of folks are planning to travel back the U.S or outside of Korea for more international adventures. Whether you’re off to grandma’s for a slice of her famous pumpkin pie, planning to hit the beaches of Bali to escape the brutal Korean winter, or anything in between, please keep in mind the following as you make your travel arrangements:
- Check your passport validity: Most countries require you to have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport. If you need to renew your passport, please make an appointment and visit us at the Embassy. More information about passport renewal is here.
- Research the visa requirements for the country you are visiting: Many countries require U.S. citizens to have a visa in their passport before departure. Please look into the visa requirements for the country you are visiting before you buy your tickets. The U.S. Embassy cannot help you obtain a visa for another country; however, the Department of State website www.travel.state.gov does provide very useful information about what countries require visas.
- Register with the U.S. Embassy in the country you are visiting: When you register your travel with the U.S. Embassy you will receive the most current travel information about your destination. This will also allow you to receive Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings if the situation suddenly changes. Take a moment to register your trip at travel.state.gov.
- Makes copies of your passport & important documents before you depart: Accidents happen and passports and other important documents are occasionally lost. Unfortunately when this happens you have to take time out of your vacation to replace these documents and deal with the aftermath. If you have a copy of your passport and other important documents with you (stored separately from your originals) and a scanned copy stored in your email, you will be able to handle this frustrating event much more efficiently.
- Remember U.S. Embassies are closed on local and American holidays. All routine services require an appointment during regular business hours. Please plan accordingly.