Whether it’s a short or long trip, you can’t do without the formalities. Have you already selected your destination? A good preparation is necessary to leave with peace of mind. To avoid problems both on departure and arrival, make sure you haven’t forgotten anything: vaccinations, insurance, documents, etc…
Before you go on a trip, update your vaccinations. For example, the yellow fever vaccine may be required before entering some Latin American or African countries.
If you are planning to travel to a malaria-risk area, discuss this with your doctor. You may need to take treatment. Of course, this will depend on the area you are going to and the type of trip you are planning.
In any case, the best thing to do is to get information and make an appointment at an International Vaccination Centre. At the same time, don’t hesitate to ask for advice so that you can complete your pharmacy kit.
One of the essential formalities when organizing a trip is insurance. In some cases, your credit card insurance may be sufficient. Check with your bank first. It will tell you the conditions and inform you about your level of coverage according to the type of card.
Note, however, that your bank card coverage does not exceed 90 days. Above this limit, travel insurance is mandatory. Also, if you are going to the USA or Canada, opt for better travel insurance.
If you intend to practice sports or other high-risk activities, opt for a travel insurance adapted to your needs.
It is more prudent to make a photocopy of your passport. Make sure you keep it with you at all times. Also remember to send the scan to your e-mail account.
Taking an international driving licence is also necessary if you plan to drive abroad. Make your request free of charge at your prefecture. If you are planning to go by car, be aware that many countries outside Europe require a customs carnet.
If you are going to travel with a minor who is not your child, you must show proof of parental authorisation. The minor must also have his or her own passport and in some cases a visa. It is best to have all the necessary information regarding entry formalities in your destination country.