What should I do before traveling abroad?
The best way to travel safely is to prepare your trip well in advance. Whatever the reason for your trip abroad, getting information in advance is essential to avoid problems and even emergency situations.
To travel informed is to travel safer. Here we provide you useful information for any trip abroad. In addition to consulting the specific Travel Recommendations for the country or countries of destination, it is convenient to take into account the following general tips:
Check the Travel Recommendations . They are the main source of information about the country or countries you are going to visit. In each of them you can find updated information on the requirements for entry into the country, the documentation and visas necessary to travel, the security conditions, the health situation, vaccinations, foreign exchange and the main telephone numbers of interest. It is also advisable to inform yourself widely about the country of destination, as well as its customs and local legislation.
Check the health and vaccination situation by country on the website of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare
Recommendations for Spanish residents in countries and
territories affected by the Zika virus.
Bring enough means of payment. It is recommended to always carry enough money to travel and to deal with possible contingencies, ideally through a combination of different means of payment. It is convenient to check that in the country of destination it is possible to use credit cards.
Documentation: passport, visas, international driving license
Prepare the necessary documentation: DNI, Passport and visas.
The basic travel document is the passport . Exceptionally, you’ll visit some countries with the National Identity Document.
In addition to having travel documentation, many countries require a visa. Check if that’s the case within the Travel Recommendations . To obtain the visa, you must inform yourself at the Consulate or Consular Section of the Embassy of the country or countries of destination accredited in Spain. It must be taken into account that visa processing may require additional documentation and that the concession period is determined by the country. Therefore, it is advisable to process the visa well in advance.
Even having all the documentation in order, including the visa, entering a foreign country is not a right, so it may happen that you are denied entry.
If you’re getting to drive abroad, you’ll need specific documentation and insurance. Check the Travel Recommendations and the link to the General Directorate of Traffic found in the links on the right of this page.
Provide a loved one or friend with the small print of the trip you’re getting to make, including the dates and places of stay, and register within the Travelers Registry .
Travel and medical insurance
Many people regret that they did not take out medical insurance before their trip when faced with a medical emergency abroad. Since the costs of hospitalization and medical treatment in most countries have to be borne by the patient and can be very high, it is strongly recommended to take out medical insurance that has full coverage in case of illness or accident during the period. travel, including evacuation by medicalized plane.
As an example, the transfer of a patient by medicalized plane from the United States can cost around 50,000 euros. The return trip to Spain of a patient on a stretcher on a regular flight accompanied by a doctor can cost around 20,000 euros.
If you are going to visit several countries during your trip, check that the insurance has coverage in all of them, even for stopovers and short stays.
Confirm that the insurance contracted covers all the activities that you are going to carry out during the trip, including those considered risky such as diving, paragliding or kite-surfing. In addition, activities related to the world of motoring (rallies, raids, driving water and snow motorcycles, canopy, etc.) usually require specific coverage.
Also bear in mind that if you are going to do any high-risk sport or activity (mountaineering, caving, caving, diving, etc.), your insurance coverage must expressly include carrying out that activity abroad and be sufficient to cope to everything related to the rescue, medical evacuation or the transfer of mortal remains. When an accident occurs abroad, the competence in matters of rescue and civil protection rests with the local authorities, whose legislation, action protocols and means may not be similar to those available in Spain. Embassies and Consulates do not have the resources to face or guarantee costs in the event of an accident, nor can they assure you of better treatment than that of nationals of the country where you are.
If you are going to drive abroad, it is advisable that you first consult the Travel Recommendations for your country of destination and that you are provided with accident and civil liability insurance.
In general, health care abroad is not covered by the Spanish Social Security or by the private health insurance in Spain or by the policy that is subscribed when buying a plane ticket with a credit card.
However, it is recalled that in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, Spaniards, through their European Health Card, have access to Public Health under the same conditions as nationals of those countries. Therefore, if the public system is a co-payment or reimbursement system, you will be served in this way.
Likewise, it is also convenient to take out travel insurance that covers these and other contingencies that may occur before or during the trip:
Loss of flights or connections. Please note that some airlines do not guarantee or cover the cost of connections missed due to delays or cancellations.
Family emergencies or work unforeseen events that require return earlier than expected.
Damages and loss of luggage or delay in receiving them.
Remember that Embassies and Consulates do not pay medical or travel expenses.