Protecting Your Passport When You Travel Abroad
the 2015 Henley Visa Restrictions Index came out, the United States
passport was in a three-way tie for the second most valuable
the world. The way this is arrived at is by the number of countries
that allow a citizen entry without requiring a visa, in other words,
which countries' citizens enjoy the most freedom of travel. The United
States ranks #2 with Finland and Sweden
whose citizens can freely travel to 172 countries in the world without
a visa. Germany and the United Kingdom (Great Britain) tied at the #1
rank. The American passport ranked #1 with four other countries in
Statistics are interesting and some conclusions can be drawn
like where a country falls on the list may be an indicator of their
international relationships with other countries, for example. What it
means to the US traveler, however, is that the passport you carry is
desirable in many parts of the world. Being aware of this one fact is
the first step in protecting it.
Before you leave home, you should scan the first page of your
passport, the page with your photo and the number, and attach it to an
e-mail to yourself. This way, if your passport is lost or stolen while you're traveling
all the information will be available to you from any computer with
Internet access. After you report your passport missing, you can get a
new passport from the American Embassy
in the country you're visiting.
Make a legible color copy of your passport before you leave home. Carry
the passport copy on you with the same care as the original. Keep the
original and the copy in separate places on your person, maybe a money
belt and a backpack
for instance. When you arrive at your destination, put your original
passport in a secure, locked location. Most countries require you to
carry your passport with you at all times, but authorities generally
accept the copy. Carry your tourist card too, if one is required.
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