Top 10 Tips for Business Travel Abroad
New York Daily News
Traveling abroad for business can be exciting, but you should leave yourself plenty of time to prepare before your departure. We’ve compiled a list of things to do before you leave:
1. Renew your passport:
Make sure that you have a valid passport at least three months before you depart. It’s easy to apply for one at your local post office, or through the mail. All you need is a completed application, two passport-sized photographs (you can have them taken at your local pharmacy), your old passport, and a check or money order for the processing fee. If you’re in a rush, there are expedited processing services available, but they are expensive. It’s important to note that many countries won’t let you through customs if your passport expires within six months, so be sure to check the expiration date on your current passport. For more information on passports, visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738_2.html.
2. Get a visa:
Many foreign countries require US citizens to apply for a visa before they travel. The rules for each country vary. To prepare in advance, call the consulate for the country to which you are traveling. Very often they will require that you apply for the visa in person. Make sure you’ve prepared all necessary documents before you arrive, or you’ll waste time and patience standing in line at the consulate. For more information on visas, visit: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html.
3. Go to the doctor for vaccinations:
If you’re traveling to a country where you need vaccinations to enter, make sure to visit your doctor 4 to 6 weeks in advance. Even if you don’t have that much time prior to travel, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Starting the vaccinations late may still save you from contracting illnesses abroad. For more information about vaccinations, visit: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentVaccinations.aspx.
4. Research the local cuisine:
If you love food, one of the best things about traveling abroad is being able to try the local cuisine. Chances are, if you’re traveling for business, you’ll be wined and dined during your trip. However, you should still do research about great local restaurants that are near the hotel or apartment where you’ll be staying. Most importantly, be sure to be informed about the safety of local foods. Is it ok to drink the tap water? Can you eat food from street vendors? If you know that it will be difficult to find food you feel comfortable eating, save some room in your luggage for packaged snacks, or canned meals.