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Travel Guide

Please Note

 

This is a generalized travel guide and it is intended to coalesce several resources, which a traveler might find useful, regardless of a particular destination.  As such, it does not include travel warnings for specific "hot spot" destinations.   

For  travel alerts and warnings, please see the United States Department of State's listings available at URL: 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

Please note that travel to the following countries, based on these warnings, is ill-advised, or should be undertaken with the utmost precaution:  

Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), El Salvador, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories of West Bank and Gaza, Philippines areas of Sulu Archipelago, Mindanao, and southern Sulu Sea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Venezuela, and Yemen.

 

 

 


International Travel Guide
 

Checklist for Travelers

 

1. Make sure you travel with the proper documentation.  This may include passports, travel visas, consent for travel with minors, and international driving permits, if necessary.  Get the necessary visas for the country (or countries) one intends to visit - but be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry. 

 

2. Protect one's personal information by making copies of one's passport details, insurance policy, travelers checks and credit card numbers. Taking copies of such documents with you, while leaving another collection copies with someone at home, is also good practice for travelers. Taking copies of one's passport photograph is also recommended, as well as leaving a copy of one's passport photograph and details at home is also recommended.  

 

3. Take time to learn about one's destination country and culture. Read and learn about the place one is traveling. Also check political, economic and socio-cultural developments at the destination by reading country-specific travel reports and fact sheets. Always have the contact information for the embassy or consulate of your home country. 

 

4. Keep in regular contact with friends and relatives back at home by phone or email, and be sure to leave a travel itinerary.  As well, keep a list of your emergency contacts handy and create a communication plan for reaching family and friends in the event of a crisis. 

 

5. While it may be appealing to travel "off the grid" and without attention to current events, it is inadvisable to travel internationally without paying attention to the news and current events taking place "in country."  Monitor local radio, television, and other sources for news and updates. Make contacts with staff at hotels and/or in the community so you are able to stay informed.

 

6. Phone lines are usually affected during a crisis. Think about other ways to communicate. For example, update your social media status often and send messages as regularly as possible to let friends and family know how you are doing.

 

7.  Know the laws of one's destination country and culture; be sure to understand the repercussions of breaking those laws and regulations. Often the transparency and freedoms of the juridical system at home is not consistent with that of one's destination country. Become aware of these complexities and subtleties before you travel.

 

8. For longer stays in a country, or where the security situation is volatile, one should register one's self and traveling companions at the local embassy or consulate of one's country of citizenship.  Be prepared for crisis situations and have an exit strategy to ensure you can easily evacuate from a volatile situation. Have more than one way to get towards safety as a crisis event may make some roads unpassable or unsafe.

 

9. Stay healthy by taking all possible precautions against illness. Also, be sure to take extra supplies of prescription drugs along for the trip, while also taking time to pack general pharmaceutical supplies, such as aspirin and other such painkillers, bandages, stomach ailment medication, anti-inflammatory medication and anti-bacterial medication.

 

10. Do not carry illicit drugs. Understand that the punishment for possession or use of illegal drugs in some countries may be capital punishment. Make sure your prescription drugs are legal in the countries you plan to visit.

 

11. Women should take care to be prepared both culturally and practically for traveling in a different country and culture. One should be sure to take sufficient supplies of personal feminine products and prescription drugs. One should also learn about local cultural standards for women, including norms of dressing. Be aware that it is simply inappropriate and unsafe for women to travel alone in some countries, and take the necessary precautions to avoid risk-filled situations.

 

12. If one is traveling with small children, one should pack extra supplies, make arrangements with the travel carrier for proper seating that would adequately accommodate children, infants or toddlers. Note also that whether one is male of female, traveling with children means that one's hands are thus not free to carry luggage and bags. Be especially aware that this makes one vulnerable to pickpockets, thieves and other sorts of crime.

 

13. Make proper arrangements for accommodations, well in advance of one's arrival at a destination. Some countries have limited accommodation, while others may have culturally distinctive facilities. Learning about these practicalities before one travels will greatly aid the enjoyment of one's trip.

 

14. Travel with different forms of currency and money (cash, traveler's checks and credit cards) in anticipation that venues may not accept one or another form of money. Also, ensuring that one's financial resources are not contained in one location, or by one person (if one is traveling with others) can be a useful measure, in the event that one loses a wallet or purse.  Contact your credit card companies ahead of departure to notify them of your travel plans and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

 

15. Find out about transportation in the destination country. In some places, it might be advisable to hire a local driver or taxi guide for safety reasons, while in other countries, enjoying one's travel experience may well be enhanced by renting a vehicle and seeing the local sights and culture independently. Costs may also be prohibitive for either of these choices, so again, prior planning is suggested. If you plan to drive "in country," as indicated above, ensure you have proper international driving permits. 

 

16.  Be aware that other countries use different voltage.  Travel with a voltage adaptor pack if you will need to power up a laptop, phone, or medical device. It is also advisable to think in terms of power supply, and be sure to find backup power or other ways that will sustain your device or equipment during a power outage.




Tips for Travelers

• Drink/drive laws are strictly enforced. The recently introduced 0.20ml limit means in effect no alcohol 12 hours before driving.

• Distances can be great, roads narrow and winding and speed limits low. Driving takes longer than you think.

• Norway is very expensive - bring plenty of money, especially if intending to eat and drink in restaurants and bars.

• The control of illegal drugs is strictly enforced. Khat, although legal in UK and other countries, is illegal in Norway and possession, depending on the amount, will lead, at least, to immediate deportation.

• Check with your embassy, consulate, or appropriate government institution related to travel before traveling.

• Enter next of kin details into the back of your passport.

• Bank opening hours are more restrictive than elsewhere- especially in summer, though ATMs are widely available.

• The winter is long (it can last well into April) and temperatures can drop to minus 25 degrees C and below. Winter visitors should bring warm clothes and practical footwear to cope with icy roads and pavements. Special clamp-on grips (brodder) to give extra security in icy conditions can be bought locally.

• Summer visitors intending to visit forest, lake and mountainous regions should bring plenty of insect repellent as mosquitoes and midges can be a problem. Fire bans (i.e. no camp fires) are strictly enforced in many areas during the summer months

Note: This information is directly quoted from the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Sources: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Business Culture: Information for Business Travelers

For general information on etiquette in Norway, see our Cultural Etiquette page.

Online Resources Regarding Entry Requirements and Visas


 
Foreign Entry Requirements for Americans from the United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html
 
Visa Services for Non-Americans from the United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html
 
Visa Bulletins from the United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html
 
Visa Waivers from the United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html - new
 
Passport and Visa Information from the Government of the United Kingdom
http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/
 
Visa Information from the Government of Australia
http://www.dfat.gov.au/visas/index.html
 
Passport Information from the Government of Australia
https://www.passports.gov.au/Web/index.aspx
 
Passport Information from the Government of Canada
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/passport_passeport-eng.asp
 
Visa Information from the Government of Canada
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/visas-eng.asp
 
Online Visa Processing by Immigration Experts by VisaPro
http://www.visapro.com
 
Sources: United States Department of State, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Government of Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
 
 
Useful Online Resources for Travelers
 
Country-Specific Travel Information from United States
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html
 
Travel Advice by Country from Government of United Kingdom
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/
 
General Travel Advice from Government of Australia
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/General
 
Travel Bulletins from the Government of Australia
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/TravelBulletins/
 
Travel Tips from Government of Australia
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/index.html
 
Travel Checklist by Government of Canada
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/checklist_sommaire-eng.asp
 
Travel Checklist from Government of United Kingdom
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/staying-safe/checklist
 
Your trip abroad from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1225.html
 
A safe trip abroad from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html
 
Tips for expatriates abroad from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/residing/residing_1235.html
 
Tips for students from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/studying/studying_1238.html http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1219.html
 
Medical information for travelers from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1185.html
 
US Customs Travel information
http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/travel/
 
Sources: United States Department of State; United States Customs Department, United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Government of Australia; Government of Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
 
 
Other Practical Online Resources for Travelers
 
Foreign Language Phrases for Travelers
http://www.travlang.com/languages/
http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/index.htm
 
World Weather Forecasts
http://www.intellicast.com/
http://www.wunderground.com/
http://www.worldweather.org/
 
Worldwide Time Zones, Map, World Clock
http://www.timeanddate.com/
http://www.worldtimezone.com/
 
International Airport Codes
http://www.world-airport-codes.com/
 
International Dialing Codes
http://www.kropla.com/dialcode.htm
http://www.countrycallingcodes.com/
 
International Phone Guide
http://www.kropla.com/phones.htm
 
International Mobile Phone Guide
http://www.kropla.com/mobilephones.htm
 
International Internet Café Search Engine
http://cybercaptive.com/
 
Global Internet Roaming
http://www.kropla.com/roaming.htm
 
World Electric Power Guide
http://www.kropla.com/electric.htm
http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm
 
World Television Standards and Codes
http://www.kropla.com/tv.htm
International Currency Exchange Rates
http://www.xe.com/ucc/
 
Banking and Financial Institutions Across the World
http://www.123world.com/banks/index.html
 
International Credit Card or Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Locator
http://visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global/
http://www.mastercard.com/us/personal/en/cardholderservices/atmlocations/index.html
 
International Chambers of Commerce
http://www.123world.com/chambers/index.html
 
World Tourism Websites
http://123world.com/tourism/
 
 
Diplomatic and Consular Information
 
United States Diplomatic Posts Around the World
http://www.usembassy.gov/
 
United Kingdom Diplomatic Posts Around the World
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/embassies-and-posts/find-an-embassy-overseas/
 
Australia's Diplomatic Posts Around the World
http://www.dfat.gov.au/missions/
http://www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html
 
Canada's Embassies and High Commissions
http://www.international.gc.ca/ciw-cdm/embassies-ambassades.aspx
 
Resources for Finding Embassies and other Diplomatic Posts Across the World
http://www.escapeartist.com/embassy1/embassy1.htm
 
 
Safety and Security
 
Travel Warnings by Country from Government of Australia
http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/
 
Travel Warnings and Alerts from United States Department of State
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1766.html
 
Travel Reports and Warnings by Government of Canada
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp
http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/updates_mise-a-jour-eng.asp
 
Travel Warnings from Government of United Kingdom
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travelling-and-living-overseas/travel-advice-by-country/?action=noTravelAll#noTravelAll

Sources: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United States Department of State, the Government of Canada: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Government of Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
 
Other Safety and Security Online Resources for Travelers
 
United States Department of State Information on Terrorism
http://www.state.gov/s/ct/
 
Government of the United Kingdom Resource on the Risk of Terrorism
http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1044011304926
 
Government of Canada Terrorism Guide
http://www.international.gc.ca/crime/terrorism-terrorisme.aspx?lang=eng
 
Information on Terrorism by Government of Australia
http://www.dfat.gov.au/icat/index.html
 
FAA Resource on Aviation Safety
http://www.faasafety.gov/
 
In-Flight Safety Information for Air Travel (by British Airways crew trainer, Anna Warman)
http://www.warman.demon.co.uk/anna/inflight.html
 
Hot Spots: Travel Safety and Risk Information
http://www.airsecurity.com/hotspots/HotSpots.asp
 
Information on Human Rights
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/hr/
 
Sources: The United States Department of State, the United States Customs Department, the Government of Canada, the Government of United Kingdom, the Government of Australia, the Federal Aviation Authority, Anna Warman's In-flight Website, Hot Spots Travel and Risk Information