TRAVEL INSURANCE: PlanIt Itineraries strongly encourages Travel Insurance to protect your investment. Travel insurance can protect you before and during your trip. We certainly hope it is not needed, but a relief to have if you find yourself in an unexpected situation. We are happy to provide you with a quote.
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS: Travel documentation appropriate for entry to your itinerary destinations, such as passports, visas & inoculation certificates, remain each traveler’s responsibility. Valid passports are required for all international destinations. If a passport is required to travel, the expiration date must be at least six (6) months following the return date of the planned travel. For further information on travel requirements, please visit the U.S. State Department web site: travel.state.gov.
INTERNATIONAL DRIVER'S PERMIT (IDP): An International Driver's Permit (IDP) allows you to drive a vehicle in another country, as long as you also have a valid driver's license issued by your state. It is also recognized as a valid form of identification in over 175 countries as well as by many major car rental companies internationally. Not every country requires an International Driver’s Permit but many do. In Europe, for example, countries like Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Greece and Spain require the IDP. PlanIt Itineraries recommends getting an IDP to ensure peace of mind and it's easy to do! Start by filling out an application (print it here) and make sure you have two passport-sized photos (or most AAA offices can take the picture at their office). Then, find your nearest AAA branch office and bring those materials, along with your driver’s license and $20, to the most convenient location. It takes about 15 minutes!
IMMUNIZATIONS: Many countries require immunizations prior to travel and for some locations your travel doctor may suggest preventative medicines for malaria, altitude sickness, or other illnesses. Please consult your local travel doctor or ask your primary care physician for a referral ideally 6 weeks prior to travel.
For immediate information, we suggest you consult the Center for Disease Control web site -http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/traveler-information-center
FLIGHT CHECK-IN & DEPARTURE: It is strongly recommended that you check in a minimum of 2 hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours before an international flight. Recommended check in times are subject to change without notification. It is the traveler’s responsibility to reconfirm flight times at least 24-72 hours prior to scheduled flights.
REGISTER BEFORE YOU TRAVEL: Register for the STEP program before leaving (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program), so that US embassies worldwide know where you are in the instance of a global emergency.