Travel Abroad - Tips and Checklist for an Indian Novice
TRAVEL ABROAD –
TIPS AND CHECK LIST FOR AN INDIAN NOVICE
By James Thanickan
Note; Pl check latest rules
and regulations. This is only to serve as an aide memoir and not as a legal guide
Get details about
you propose to visit
for a visit
stay, i.e., Accommodation
travel Internally, i.e., Transport
any friends in that country
What are the taboos?
What things snot to carry or
What are the food habits?
Learn few essential phrases and
words in the language of the country
What to do?
at the places to be visited
for hosts, co-participants, friends, etc.
items of your country
Things to be carried for your use
nail polish, mascara, bindi
Essential beverage items’
General information on your
Postal stamps of your country
International credit card
Addresses and telephone numbers
of your country’s embassy and consulates
Pen, pencil, paper, and writing pad, diary.
and mediation materials
Other compulsory reading
Passport size photographs
of yourself (8 copies)
Have you got Passport?
Have you obtained Visa from the Embassies of the countries you propose to visit?Check that the visa is valid for the entire periodof your stay?
Have you got return air ticket for the journey?
Have you got the ticket okayed for the sector you are to travel in next 72 hours?
Have you got re-confirmation of your ticket for the sector you are to travel in next 24 hours?
Have you got foreign exchange allowable for foreign journey?
You get US dollars 20 at the airport.Keep Indian currencies equivalent
You have to pay airport taxes.This can be paid in Indian Rs.Keep Indian currency for that.
You have to pay embarkation charges and disembarkation charges at certain airports.Please check in advance and keep funds for that.
Have you requested any one to received at the foreign airport? Has the person confirmed that he/she would receive
Have you got that person’s address and telephone number?
Have you requested for accommodation at the post of disembarkation? Have you got
it confirmed?Have you got instructions on how to get to that place from airport?Have you got their full address and telephone number and name of persons to be contacted?
In many airports, custom declaration forms is to be given in duplicate.Usually it is supplied in the aircraft free.Try to get an
extra copy; if not keep some small changes, if possible in the local currency, towards cost of the form.
For air journey, don’t carry arms, etc., knives, pistols, other metal objects
which may look like an arm.
Have you got kinds of dresses required? Formal, informal, casual, warm, rain/
To book transport for going to the airport
To see that you have
Baggage with addresses written or securely pasted prominently.
At he Airport
Pay airport tax, if to be paid.
Collect foreign exchange, if admissible.At Delhi airport, you can
get US $ 3000 (pl check latest rules) for which you have to give photocopy of your passport, if you have not drawn the foreign
exchange earlier. In addition you can get foreign exchangedworth $ 50
for incidentals.For this no photocopy of passport is required.
Exchange local currency.
When you reach the airport go to the airline flight counter, get your boarding pass.You can opt for the seat you want, aisle seat or window seat.If you want to see outside opt for window; if you have to frequent toilet opt for aisle.
Get tags for hand/cabin baggage; fill them and attach to the respective baggage.
Along with taking boarding pass you may book your luggage.Keep the ticket safely.This you have to exchange when you
get your luggage at the port of disembarkation.If you don’t get it report
to the airline airport office and leave your forwarding address with them.
After getting the boarding pass, keep your ticket safely in your handbag.
Get entered in the passport by custom officials cameras, electronic goods, gold
etc. you are carrying.
·You can request airhostess for
oNewspapers, magazines, etc. for reading.
oIn case of feeling sick for sick bag.
oPllows, blankets, etc. if you feel the need.
·Except for breakfast, lunch and dinner, for other snacks and drinks
you have to pay usually.Ascertain what comes with the ticket and for what you
have to pay, before taking them.
·Before disembarkation get the disembarkation forms and fill them up.
·Before disembarkation collect your handbags and cabin luggage.
At the DisembarkationAirport
After entering airport, wait for your booked luggage which comes on a conveyer belt’ collect it.
In case your booked luggage has not been received, you have to file a report with
the airlines, before leaving the airport.Generally there is a form for filing
this report.Invariably give your forwarding address in the form.Also please take the telephone number of the airlines enquiry on which you can check later about the arrival
of the luggage.The airlines are supposed to reimburse you for the additional
journey you have to make to the airport to collect your luggage.
Stand in the queue for customs clearance; get the forms, if not already got, fill
them up; declare the things which you are carrying.
Once outside the customs barrier, look for the person to received you.People usually carry a placard wit your or your organisation’s name.
If you fail to locate your host, look for any assistance provided by the airlines,
If no assistance is forthcoming from the airline officials, seeks the assistance
of a police booth.
Look for a pre-paid taxi service, if any.
Get a taxi and go to the accommodation booked for you.
After Entering a Foreign Country
·Contact your country’s Embassy.
·Check whether you are to register with any office or police, if so,
·Check that your return ticket doesn’t need overstay of your visa.
·Intimate your address to your family in your country.
Stay at Hotels
Check in and check out time in hotels is usually12.00 .
Items kept in the mini-bars are to be paid separately.
Always check the items in the min-bar while checking in.
In a Foreign Country
Get a road map of the city
Always carry your passport with you.Keep a card with address of your hotel, keep the addresses and telephone numbers of your hosts, your
country’s Embassy/Consulate and other acquaintances in the city.
Always carry some local currency in small denominations for telephoning, airport
baggage trolleys, etc.
Allopathic (Pl consult your physician as to the specific medicines)
An antiseptic (Dettol or Savlon)
A small role of sterile cotton
A packet of Johnson’s sterile square bandage and plaster
A pair of small scissors
A crepe bandage
Aspirin or other pain killers
Paracetamol for fever
Aqua Pura water purification tablets
Lmotil for a loose tummy
Avomin or Stematil (for sickness)
A pcket of Electral (for Diarrohea)
Listerine (for sore throat)
Iodex for sprains
Ointments/balms for aches
(30 to 200 potencies) (Pl consult your physician as to the
Aconite for chills, dry colds, coughs and shock
Arsenic Alb for mild food poisoning, cold
Belladonna for mild sun stroke, headache, ear ache