For your trip to the Taj Mahal, you’re going to need to get a little more prepared than you would for just a drive down to the beach; the same goes for all international travel. It may sound simple, but we’d rather remind you now instead of when your flight lands in Spain and you realize you forgot your passport as you’re about to walk through customs.
When you leave your home country for a destination abroad, there are a few documents you’ll need to have with you. The most important of these are your passport and your visa, which indicate where you are a citizen and show you have been granted permission to enter the particular country you are traveling to, respectively. Keep both of these documents handy, but remember to keep them well protected–losing them while on vacation is a huge headache!
In order to acquire either a passport or a visa, you’ll need to go through two separate application processes. You can ask your travel agency or booking service if you have questions about how to apply, but be aware that the agency will not be able to actually issue you a passport or a visa, but can give you helpful information on how to obtain one or both documents.
Beyond passport and visas, you may need other documents–like health certifications–to be able to enter a foreign country. To find out if you’ll need any additional documents, talk to your travel agency, check your trip itinerary, or visit the website of your destination or the country you plan to visit.
So, international travel isn’t as easy as showing up to the airport with a packed suitcase and a sense of adventure (Although you should definitely bring these with you, they do help a lot!). When you get ready to leave the country on your next vacation, make sure you’re fully prepared with a passport, visa, and any other documents, or the only thing you’ll have to declare in international customs is how frustrated you are.