Tips for international travel

Keep your original documents with you

Carry identification papers (valid passport, roundtrip ticket, and proof of sufficient funds)-we recommend the original documents used to obtain your visa since you may be asked to show them upon entry by border officials. In some countries, immigration authorities will ask about your current employment and purpose of the visit. We strongly recommend an employment verification letter be carried when entering any country, only showing the letter if specifically asked or if some hesitation is expressed regarding the purpose of your trip. Generally speaking, business visitor visas do not allow a traveler to do billable work or provide any services of a technical nature.

Be prepared to answer these typical questions at the border

  • Where do you live (city/state)?
  • Where are you going? • How long will you stay?
  • What is the purpose of your visit (business meetings, training, etc.)?
  • What is the address of the place where you will you be staying?
  • For assignments longer than two weeks, you may also be asked:
    • What is the name, job title, address and number of the contact in the destination country?

Consider these in case of a more in-depth interview

Carrying the required identification documents doesn’t necessarily guarantee admission; an interview with a border official may also be required. Always keep relevant documentation close and offer simple, straightforward answers to direct questions when asked. Don’t volunteer more information than needed.

Avoid the word “work” and emphasize the short-term nature of your trip. When asked the purpose of your visit, answer with a truthful statement, such as, “I’m attending a training course;” “I have a meeting with colleagues/clients.”

If you follow this approach and remain calm and professional, you will most likely avoid any problems or unnecessary delays in dealing with immigration authorities. 

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