ILTS 21st Annual International Congress

  • July 8-11, 2015
  • Chicago, IL
  • USA

International Travel


Some people may need a VISA to enter the USA. You should read this helpful information, and be sure to check with your local embassy or travel agent when preparing for your trip. 


Whenever you are traveling into the US, you should be careful to avoid certain risks. Please find some tips below that will help you stay safe and have an unforgettable stay.

Security & Health

Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost you want to be sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your citizenship. There is no need to carry your actual passport around.

Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.

Register with your local embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.

Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double check and make sure that you have all of the proper vaccinations and that you have renewed all essential prescriptions. Also, ask your medical insurance provider if your policy applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra coverage, consider supplemental insurance.

Do not wear expensive watches or jewelry. Keep your jewelry and valuables in your room's safety deposit box.

Remember safe general practices. When carrying photo and video equipment, always carry inside a small bag. Never leave your belongings unattended, and avoid walking around alone at night.


Look up the monetary conversion before you go. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at. You can use a site such as

Avoid carrying a lot of cash, but always have some local cash. Most places accept credit cards, but make sure you have access to some local currency for things like shuttles or buses. 

Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening, and they will turn off your card as a security measure. Contact them before you leave to let them know you’ll be out of the country.


Bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPad, make sure you can charge it.

Activate your phone’s global capabilities. Check with your cell phone provider to determine the best way to access international calling while you are abroad.