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10 basic things you need to know before traveling

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Nilaveli Beach in Sri Lanka

If for your next trip you have chosen to use the services of an agency, it is almost certain that they will have given you a brochure or document with relevant information for the destination you are going to visit. From the voltage to the currency through some general weather, you will have a brief idea of ​​what awaits you.

But if you are, like me, a person who he prefers to organize things at his own risk, then it will not hurt to take a look at this small collection of topics that you have to study or prepare before leaving home.

Not meant to be an exhaustive list but basic and flexible, because some destinations are more tricky than others, but I think it can serve as a draft for everyone to consider what they need to consider depending on the destination.

Visa for Uzbekistan

1. The visa

If you are a citizen of the European Union you are used to moving without border controls, without asking permission from any foreign government to step on its territory.

The moment you leave Europe, they are going to break all your preconceived rights and privacy schemes.

You will find yourself filling out forms in which, among other things, you have to indicate your religion, your marital status, the amount of money you carry in cash - as in the case of the visa to Uzbekistan -, the points and dates of entry and exit in the country in some places - for example Vietnam - and always at the expense of an official not finding you hit your request, such as the lack of a pre-franked envelope when requesting the Syrian visa.

Do you have to request a visa in advance? How far in advance? What are the deadlines and the cost? Will the Embassy be closed for holidays? Can you get it at the airport when you land? And on a land border? How valid is it? Do you need a ticket to leave the country? I do not have to look far to find the example of someone who at the Sydney airport, at the check-in desk of his flight to New Zealand, discovered that without a ticket leaving the country the airline wouldn't let him board

In the answer to those questions there can be the difference between a good trip and cancel a vacation because you cannot enter the destination country.

100 euros in soms from Uzbekistan

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