What are the Essential Documents for Traveling?

What are the Essential Documents for Traveling?

A trip, even a short one, is prepared in advance so that it goes as well as possible. Administrative formalities are part of this preparation phase. Knowing the 5 essential documents for traveling will allow you to fully enjoy your stay and leave with peace of mind.



Passport book

It originally designated the free movement of goods before applying to men from 1464.

In France, it is generally at the level of town halls that you have to file your passport application. In some towns, there are also counters equipped with a registration station to record your request.

The validity period of a passport is 10 years for an adult and 5 years for a minor. The production time of this essential document for the trip depends mainly on the period and the place where you submit your request. Usually two to three weeks, but may be shorter in a small town.

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The loss or theft of the passport can have disastrous consequences on your trip. To prevent this kind of inconvenience, remember to protect it from thieves. Don't leave it in your empty hotel room. If you must keep it with you, stay alert to avoid any risk of loss or theft.

In this way, it will be easier for you to have an emergency passport established at the consulate of your destination country in the event of loss or theft.




The visa is a document issued by the authorities of a country in order to allow a foreign national to enter its territory for a specified period. Some countries require it while others are satisfied with a valid passport, which is why you must first find out about the entry formalities of the country where you plan to leave.

If you want, for example, to sightsee in Thailand, bask on the beautiful beaches of Seychelles or in Bermuda, a 3-month tourist visa is sufficient. For some countries, obtaining a visa is one of the prerequisites before taking the plane or car. This is the case of India or Australia. Likewise, the cost is different. The visa costs 87.5 € for India while it is completely free for Australia.

For a stay of less than 90 days in the United Arab Emirates, French nationals are exempt from an entry visa on Emirati soil since May 6, 2015. If you go to Vietnam, the country offers its visitors a one-month single-entry visa at a cost of $ 43, issued at international airports in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Laos also offers tourists this type of visa, valid for 30 days and which costs between $ 20 and $ 45, depending on the nationality of the applicant.


Travel insurance

Certain countries condition the entry of a foreign national on their territory by the subscription of a compulsory travel insurance. These include Russia, Cuba, China and Algeria.

Travel insurance

But, even if your destination country does not expressly require travel insurance, it is recommended that you do so as a precaution. Indeed, when you travel abroad, you are not immune to illness or accident. The quality of the water on site , the diet which generally differs from the one you are used to, the climate or the level of hygiene are the main factors that can be at the origin of an illness during your stay. If you fall ill, are hospitalized, or even repatriated to France, not only will your stay be shortened, but the expenses will be liable to be substantial and to seriously strain your budget.

With the purchase of travel insurance, a large number of claims will be covered by the insurer. If the offers differ from one company to another, there are guarantees that must absolutely be included in your contract: medical costs (including medical and paramedical acts, laboratory analyzes and pharmacy), hospital costs and repatriation to your country of origin if necessary.

Also consider civil liability in the event that you are involved in an accident causing material damage or bodily injury to others. Your insurance may also include a cancellation guarantee and baggage insurance in the event of loss, theft or alteration of your personal effects during the trip.


The vaccination record

Vaccination record before packing your suitcase, check if your vaccination record is up to date. Whatever your destination, it is recommended that your vaccines against pertussis and tuberculosis (BCG), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), as well as diphtheria, tetanus and polio (DTP) are up to date.

vaccination record

For those who plan to travel to Africa, it is also advisable to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, yellow fever, typhoid and possibly meningococci A and C if you are called to stay in an area where this disease is endemic or you must come into close contact with the population.

In South America, the vaccine against yellow fever, hepatitis A and B and rabies are particularly indicated to avoid any risk.

If you are planning to travel to Asia, it is best to get vaccinated against rabies, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, as well as Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis.

If certain “universal” vaccines can be carried out by your doctor, there are more than a hundred vaccination centers in France which allow you to be vaccinated before a trip. If you live in Paris, you can contact the Institute Pasteur Hospital located in the 15th arrondissement. Two hepatitis B injections will cost you around € 26 in this establishment compared to € 42 to get vaccinated against yellow fever. You can also go to the Air France International Vaccination Center in the 7th arrondissement for your vaccine against hepatitis B or yellow fever, for example. The first will be charged € 30 while the second € 45.

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