The time is almost here to leave for the Czech Republic, but before you depart for the airport make sure you have all of your immigration needs taken care of!
A reminder that if you withdrew your passport during the visa process and your visa has since been issued, you MUST have your visa placed in your passport BEFORE travelling to the Czech Republic. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should you enter the Czech Republic without having a valid visa in your passport.
Two important reminders for best practices when traveling abroad:
- In order to board your international flight you will need your passport. You should have copies of your passport elsewhere. OGS recommends keeping a color copy of your passport and visa separately in your carry-on luggage. You should also have access to a digital encrypted copy of your passport and visa online that can be obtained from any computer. Additionally, you may want to leave a copy of your passport and visa with a parent or guardian, or whomever you trust and would call in an emergency. If your passport/visa is lost or stolen having a copy of such may help expedite getting a replacement.
- After you arrive at your study away site, you should register with your local Embassy or Consulate. U.S. citizens can register with the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Programwhich will automatically alert the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to your presence in country. Non-U.S. citizens should register with the relevant home country Embassy or Consulate abroad.