Check Our Traveler’s Checklist (Twice!) This Holiday Season

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Check Our Traveler’s Checklist (Twice!) This Holiday Season

We know you’ve got lots of lists during the holiday season – grocery lists, wish lists, to-do lists… but have you seen our Checklist for Holiday Travelers? If you’re traveling overseas this holiday season, be sure to check it (maybe twice!) before you travel:

Get Informed 

  • Learn about your destination and its unique travel requirements at

Get Required Documents

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after the date of your return.  Some countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport is set to expire!

  • If your child is under 16 years old, his or her passport is only valid for 5 years. Children under 16 must apply in person with parents/guardians.  

  • Check whether or not your destination requires a valid visa prior to arrival. Go to  

Stay Connected

  • Enroll in STEP to receive safety and security information, and to help us locate you in an emergency. Visit

  • Leave emergency contact information, a copy of your itinerary, and a copy of your passport with family or friends.

  • Make a note of the closest U.S. embassy or consulate – save the address and phone number in your phone. 

Get Insured

  • Consider purchasing additional health insurance, including medical evacuation insurance, in the event you need to return to the U.S. unexpectedly.

Follow @travelgov on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for global alerts and international travel safety tips. We hope your journey this holiday season is joyful! Safe travels! 

About the Author: Alyssa Zalenski is a Senior Digital Engagement Advisor for the Bureau of Consular Affairs. 



Alyssa Zalenski

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Alyssa Zalenski serves as a digital engagement advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.