Paperwork, passports, & travel bureaucracy

Transportation options to and within France, Transport, General (Photo icons courtesy of AIGA; illustration by Reid Bramblett)
Transportation options to and within France, Transport, General

All those boring but necessary travel details: passports, entry visas, trip insurance, health insurance, customs regulations, and all the other super-fun pre-trip preparations

The trip is planned, and you're raring to go... but wasn't there something else to do?

Ah yes. The bureaucracy. The passports, visas, customs regulations, student IDs, and health and trip insurance.

Unexciting as these things are, they're an integral part of getting ready for a trip—and some of the first things to take care of, even before you buy a plane ticket (after all, it can take up to 10 weeks to get a passport).

This section will try to make handling these details as easy and painless as possible.

Major travel paperwork concerns