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Glassy sweepers, West Curacao
Do you have a valid passport to go outside of USA?
If not you should start at least 1-2 months prior to your travel date. As of February 2013 the average processing time is 4-6 weeks.
Where to apply passport
You do not have time? Then you need to make an appointment and visit the Passport Agency with the proof of your travel date.
If your passport is expiring, start renewing process approximately 7 months prior to the expiration date. Some countries require you to have at least 6 months before the expiration.
If your passport has less than 2 Visa pages, it is time to add some pages. Some countries would not admit your entry with full passport (without Visa pages). It only takes less than 2 weeks, but you need to mail your passport and the form. No fee is required.
How to add Passport pages
Make 2 copies of passport, leave one with somebody back home and take one with you separate from your original passport.
Do you have a dive certification card?
If you have a temporary card, make sure it is still effective. You may need to pick up your card from the dive shop you took the course.
If you can not find it, apply for a replacement card. It typically takes about 2 weeks.
NAUI PADI SSI (On line verification) YMCA
You do not have time? Some agencies have expedite service you can use. Otherwise you can call your agency to fax the verification to your dive operation. Remember they are closed on weekends.
If you are taking a referral course on your trip, you need a referral form from your instructor.
Do you have a dive insurance?
It is a good idea to have one. Evacuation and the treatment for the diving emergency could be very expensive. Your medical insurance may cover the cost, so check with your health insurance company.
Dive Assure Divers Alert Network
If you are booking an expensive trip in advance, it is a good idea to buy a travel insurance. Please check your cancellation policy closely.
Divers Alert Network
Dive Assure (Offers combination of diving and multi trip insurance.)
Do you know what is required for preventive medication or vaccination to the region you are visiting?
Department of Health and Human Services will give you the information.
The law for what you can bring in the airplane is now constantly changing. For current information please visit the Safe travel section at US Department of Transportation.
Suggested Gear List is to help you remembering things you do not want to forget.
Credit card can be used to pay in most regions, but there may be an extra fee involved in over seas. Certain amount of cash and/or traveler's check is advisable.
Electricity and plug configuration could be different over seas. Current Solutions has a list by the country.
There is no universal rule any more. Before you start packing you need to check with your airline.
Following table is a guideline as of Feb 14, 2013. Please click the Airlines for their current luggage information.
Most Airlines started to charge the second luggage to Europe for $50 or more. It is time to learn packing light! Flights to Asia still allow 2 pieces, but if you fly domestic within Asia expect to pay extra and could be expensive.