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Travel Arrangements

International flights occur less frequently than domestic flights. When moving to another country you should start thinking about your travel dates a few months before the move. Travel arrangements can be made by hiring a travel agent or browsing the internet. Remember to give yourself flexibility when searching for departure and arrival times in the event that last-minute issues arise. Consider these helpful tips when organizing your trip:
  • Make your travel arrangements as soon as possible-prices spike the closer it gets to the departure date. By searching for a flight earlier you will have the option of browsing through various prices, dates, times and airlines.
  • If you will be traveling with pets or plants it is extremely important that you schedule your flight in advance to ensure that there is availability.
Calculate how many carry-on's and bags you are permitted to take on the flight so that you can pack accordingly. The usual amount permitted is two pieces of luggage and one carry-on.

Living Abroad
Moving abroad does not end when you walk through the front door of your new home-there are many strings attached to continuing your everyday life overseas. If you are moving alone or with family, there are many restrictions and requirements to take note of when moving overseas. You may want to vote in the next U.S. election, meet your future spouse or even decide to have children following your move. Here are some guidelines of what you need to know when living abroad:

Get Registered
  • As soon as you arrive at your destination you should register with a nearby U.S. embassy or consulate. In the event that there is an emergency, this will help make your whereabouts known. Remember to bring your passport with you if registering in person.
  • If you are an U.S. citizen that is moving abroad you are eligible to vote in all federal elections by submitting an absentee ballot. It is recommended to apply to vote as soon as possible and ensure that you meet the voter requirements.
  • In the event that your states ballot does not arrive in time you should inquire about using a Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB). You can obtain further information at the local U.S. embassy or consulate.
Getting Married Abroad
  • Congratulations! If you have made the decision to get hitched abroad your first step is to locate a civil or religious official to perform the service.
  • Inquire with U.S. consular officers overseas following your marriage to find out how to validate your foreign marriage document. If you would like to ensure that your marriage is legitimate in the U.S. as well, contact the Attorney General of your origin state in the U.S. for more information.
  • Marriages that take place overseas are susceptible to the requirements and regulations of that particular country. Find out what these requirements include prior to the ceremony.
For general information on marriage in your new country contact your local U.S. embassy or contact:

Office of Overseas Citizens Services, room 4811, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520

Divorce Abroad
The conditions and requirements for obtaining a divorce abroad as opposed to your state of origin may differ. You should inquire with your U.S. state of residence if filing for divorce overseas.

Giving Birth Abroad
  • If you are a U.S. citizen and give birth overseas, you should contact the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy to register your newborn as a citizen.
  • After your child has received citizenship, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (Form FS-240) is prepared. This document qualifies as proof of citizenship for entering school or obtaining a passport.


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