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(Prepared January 2015)

We want you to enjoy your international travel and thought we would share the following international travel “tips” which can help you be prepared should the unexpected arise.

Provide a copy of your Itinerary to your close family or friends.  Include dates, locations, flight information, hotel name and phone number, cruise ship or tour company contact information, and any other pertinent information.

Call your credit card companies one week in advance of departure to tell them the dates and location of your travel so you will avoid unnecessary “holds” being placed on charges.

Bring with you and keep in a safe place a copy of your personal “Notification” document which contains key information in the event of the theft of wallet or passport (such as: passport number & date, credit card numbers & emergency phone numbers, etc.).  Leave a copy of this document behind with a trusted family member or friend whom you can call in case the need arises.

Some people make copies of both sides of each license, credit cards, etc. from their wallet. This helps them know what they had in their wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel if necessary.  If you choose to do this, be sure to keep the photocopy in a safe place.  Also, if your purse or wallet is stolen we’ve been told you should cancel your credit cards immediately...however the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call and what to tell them.

Before departing, take a photo of all your luggage bags on your cell phone to assist you with a lost luggage claim.

Make a copy of your travel insurance policy and take it with you on your trip.

Be sure to keep your Emergency Assistance Phone Number along with your Policy Number with you at all times.  In the event you have a medical or legal emergency, or need to interrupt your trip for a covered reason, you will be able to quickly call this phone number “collect” for assistance.

Make a photo of the first two pages of your passport and airline ticket (or e-ticket confirmation).  Keep this in a secure place (such as with a trusted family member or friend back home) as this will speed replacement if lost.

Put your name & address label inside your suitcases to aid identification if your luggage is lost.

Bring along the appropriate voltage & outlet adapters if traveling overseas.

Take a photo of your luggage on your cell phone or carry a photo with you to help identify your luggage in case it becomes lost.

If your wallet, passport or credit cards become lost or stolen, immediately file a police report in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, passport, etc., was lost/stolen.  This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).  If possible, it will also be beneficial for you to contact the nearest embassy and report your loss with them too.  Next Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. A person with your wallet has the ability to make an application for credit over the Internet in your name.  The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they must contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

1.) Equifax:  1-800-525-6285

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

3.) Trans  Union: 1-800-680-7289

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):  1-800-269-0271

 To help give the appearance to others you are at home and not away, here are a few suggestions to consider:

  • Put a hold/stop on your newspaper and mail or have someone pick it up every day.
  • Set a timer for a couple of lights to automatically turn on/off in the evening
  • Make arrangement for someone to continue to mow & water your lawn as well as water your outdoor and indoor plants
  • Turn off your telephone’s answering machine

If you are able to have your “photo” printed on your credit cards, you will reduce the chance of someone else using your credit card if lost.

Be sure to read the U.S. Department of State’s Travel website http://travel.state.gov/ to find information on travel warnings as well as information on passports and visas.

We hope you have a wonderful trip and will consider CJET Global Travel Insurance for your international travel insurance the next time you travel.  We also hope you will consider referring us to your family and friends for their travel insurance needs also.

Please feel free to give us a call when you have questions or need assistance with your travel insurance needs.

Cameron Strong Terry Rogers, MD
President CEO
(206) 283-8737 (206) 465-6601