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All permanent residents and US citizens must carry a valid passport to travel to, from, and within Europe. Also most Central and South American countries require passports and corresponding visas. To obtain specific information and requirements for visas, call your local consulate of the countries you are traveling to.

Information that may interest you asking to the consulate:

1. Duty free items and amounts: Fairly generous amounts of duty-free products are allowed to be brought by travelers; however, the amounts and items may vary among countries.

2. Amount of cash allowed in a country: Countries such as Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru have restrictions on the cash amount you can bring into the country. These countries are watching out for money laundering.

3. Gift items: These items have stricter rules. Check duty-free limits and declare whatever is in excess.

4. Personal valuables: It is recommended to have proof of ownership, such as a receipt, and/or to register the items with the US customs before departure. Be sure to consider the US customs regulations too.

5. Drivers' Licenses: In most countries of Latin America, a valid US license is accepted; however, it is a good idea to get an international drivers' license through a local automobile club in your country of origin, such as AAA in the US.


Visit the US Federal Travel and Tourism's website: It includes application forms.


There are no immunization requirements for traveling Spain and most Latin American countries. However, consult your doctor for recommended vaccinations when traveling to those countries including the Caribbean.


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