logo
 
home email sitemap
 

Guidelines for Travel

banner1

Many students and faculty will be going abroad for the very first time. Even for the more frequent international the following guidelines and checklist can be a handy reference for your trip.

Visa Application
The first thing you need after being accepted into a program is a Visa for your destination location. The following Visa applications require the following documents.
- Bank Statement: Your Bank Statement should reflect that you'll be able to support yourself for the duration of the trip.
- Account maintenance certificate: The account maintenance certificate reflects that the account you've mentioned in the Bank statement is active and under your control for the trip.
- Flight Itinerary: A tentative schedule detailing your flights and places of stay is required to determine your visa duration.
- Invitation Letter from your Hosts at destination city: The fundamental document for your Visa application in the invitation letter detailing the program and event details.


Security
With the increased awareness regarding international terrorism, security practices are being revised across the world every year. It is essential to study the travelers' policies for your particular country of destination. However, a list of international rules and checklists is given below:

o Travel Alerts. Be aware of any security concerns regarding Pakistani Citizens in your country of destination. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists its missions across the world on their website < http://www.mofa.gov.pk/>. You may contact the local Pakistan Embassy or foreign office in your country of destination for guidelines on your particular destination.
o As inquired by all airport security across the world, please make sure you are fully aware of all the items in your baggage, you have packed your luggage yourself and that you are not carrying ANY package, item, container, envelope, the contents of which, you are unaware of.
o It is advisable that your Luggage have a security lock to ensure no one tampers with it during transport.
o Avoid packing even the simplest flammable liquids such as cigarette lighters or aerosol cans in your carry-on for it is better to be safe than to be held back unnecessarily in a security queue.
o Avoid packing any unusually shaped containers and metal boxes within your luggage. This might be a box of biscuits or a jewelry-box. The reason is that they appear as suspicious items under the x-ray machines.
o In general, the idea is to be vigilant regarding your luggage, electronics and clothing.

Documentation
Make sure all your necessary travel documents properly organized in your carry-on luggage. This would include: (but not be limited to)
- Your passport along with the visa of your destination country. Your passport validity should be more than six months for the duration of your visit.
- Some countries offer on arrival visa to Pakistani citizens it is imperative that you are aware of the terms and conditions of those countries before you arrange your travel.
- Many countries now require a polio vaccination certificate for Travel from Pakistan.
- Copies of your Sponsor letter which may be required at all your stop-overs.
- Proof and details of your place of stay in your destination country.

Money
- Look up the monetary conversion before you go. Make sure you do your math before you travel to get a sense of where the conversion rate is at.
- Make sure your credit card will work in the country you're visiting. European banks have switched almost completely to the more secure chip-and-PIN technology, and fewer businesses abroad are accepting the outdated magnetic-strip cards.
- Go to a bank or ATM in the country you're visiting for currency conversion. You won't get charged as many fees at the ATM or the bank, and the conversion will be exact.
- Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses.
- Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud maybe occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in Toronto when you're from Karachi, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
- Check the country's entrance/exit fees. Some countries require travelers to pay in order to enter or leave the country. These fees are not included in the price of your airline ticket, and can range from $25 to $200.


Packing
While it's obvious most people know how to pack a suitcase following are some handy tips that just might increase your packing efficiency:
- Roll, don't fold. Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones.
- Make a packing list. Creating a packing list is a fail-safe way to ensure that you never, ever forget to bring something important.
- Know your airline's baggage-fee policy
- If it's two-in-one, it's one less thing to pack. Dual-purpose items, such as pants that turn into shorts or a jacket that turns into a travel pillow.
- Pack an extra set of clothes in your carry-on bag. Don't be one of those travelers stuck in very uncomfortable clothes because the airline lost your luggage and you have nothing else to wear.
- Each airline has its own set of guidelines as to how many bags can be checked or carried on for free. Make sure to look up what your airline's rules are to avoid any incremental fees.
- Bring snacks. Traveling abroad is fun, but eating in a foreign country can sometimes become a task. Bring small snacks that will tide you over until you find that perfect restaurant or food cart.

Emergency Numbers
During travel it is essential to be prepared for emergencies. For this purpose it is advisable to be aware of the emergency numbers in your particular destination.
- For most of North and Central American countries 911 is the default emergency service number. In the European Union 112 is the emergency service number. Other numbers are also available on most country tourism websites or can be available from the sponsor/host organization.
- As citizens of Pakistan, your nearest embassy can be your most valuable source for help in case of loss of documents or need of legal counsel. You can use the link: http://www.mofa.gov.pk/content.php?pageID=missions to identify the numbers and location of the embassy nearest to your destination.