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FAQs and Links

Do I need a passport?

Most international destinations require travelers to have a valid passport. There are a few that allow you to use an original birth certificate however, the passport is still preferred.

How far in advance should I apply for a passport?

As early as possible to avoid "expedited passport fees", but four to six months is a good bet.

Where do I go to apply for a passport?

For a listing of passport office in your area, go to

Will I need a visa to travel to my country of choice?

For up-to-date information, check the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Entry Requirements

Do I need any vaccines before I travel?

Most destinations do not require vaccines. To make certain, check the CDC's Travelers List of Destinations before you plan your trip.

What is the currency conversion rate?

The Federal Reserve updates the exchange rates daily.

Are there countries I should avoid when I travel?

The State Department provides an up-to-date list of travel warnings.

Do you offer travel insurance?

SCANTRAVEL International offers travel insurance through Travel Insured International. You can apply by mail (ask us to send you an application), by phone at 1-800-243-3174 or via the web at TravelInsured International. You can purchase your policy on line for travel the same day! When asked, your "Agent Code" is 31823 and your "Agent ID" is either LISA or MERETE. If you need some help applying for insurance, please do not hesitate to ask us for assistance.

What will the weather be like when I travel? provides up-to-date weather reports.