A brief introduction to US and International traveling laws and US Customs and Excise Regulations. For US citizens a va lid US Passport is a must. To get one you will need a baptismal certificate, your expired passport, a birth certificate or a notarized affidavit of your birth vouched for by a relative or someone who has known you for a long time. Take any one of these and apply in person to the Passport Division of the Department of State, or the Passport Agencies of the Department of State in Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Honolulu, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston or New York. In other cities apply to the Clerk of a Federal Court or at selected Post Offices. You will also need two front view identical photographs. A single passprt can cover your whole family and it will remain valid for a five year period. Remember when traveling, always carry your passport with you – never pack it in your baggage. Do not surrender it except to authorized immigration authorities and, when required to do so, to hotel receptionists.
Many countries also require your passport to carry a visa stamp before you may enter. These stamps are issued for a small fee by the Embassies and Consulates of the countries concerned. When your initinerary is settled check with your travel agent to find out which visas you require. If you are in doubt about how far ahead it is necessary to have these vaccinations, ask your doctor or call your travel agent. Under the World Health Organization Regulations many countries require visitors to have been vaccinated against smallpox, cholera, and yellow fever. The respective validity of these certificates is as follows: smallpox, three years; cholera, six months; yellow fever, 10 years.
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