Rand Paul Summer Travel Information

Summer travel information from Senator Rand Paul’s office

From a recent press release from Senator Rand Paul’s office:

Tips for Upcoming Summer Travel

As you prepare for summer travel, I want to provide some helpful information regarding international travel. 

  • Research your destination. Before traveling, familiarize yourself with the laws and customs of your destination. Visit travel.state.gov/destination to review country-specific information on everything from entry requirements to what you can and CANNOT bring to the country. 
  • Check your passport. Before making any definite or non-refundable travel plans, check your passport expiration date and consider processing times. Information on processing times is available at Travel.state.gov/passport.
  • Pack carefully and inspect your suitcases. Look through every nook and cranny of your bags before you start packing to make sure you haven’t accidentally left stray ammunition or medication inside. Many countries have very harsh penalties for importing weapons, ammunition, or drugs – even if the item is legal in the United States.
  • Save the contact info of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. This information can be invaluable in emergency situations. 
  • Understand your health insurance coverage. Look up which medical services your health insurance will cover overseas and consider purchasing travel insurance to cover unexpected costs.  Medical evacuations can cost upwards of $100,000.
  • Enroll in STEP.  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at step.state.gov to receive important safety and security updates, and to make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.
  • Stay Connected. Inform your family and friends of your travel plans. Follow @TravelGov on social media for real-time updates, travel advisory information, and helpful tips. 

If you are a Kentuckian in need of assistance, feel free to contact my state office at (270) 782-8303. My staff looks forward to assisting you on my behalf.