Get your US passport ready to enjoy the ongoing football season abroad!

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As all of us are aware the UEFA 2012 from June 8-July 1, 2012 hosted by Poland and Ukraine is going on!

In celebration of this popular sport U. S. citizens visiting Poland and Ukraine will join thousands of others from around the world. Below are some useful information and resources for you to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Before you go….

1.Make sure you have a valid U.S. Passport.  Get it renewed now by filing INS forms If it’s due to expire before or during your trip.Don’t forget to sign your passport and complete the emergency information page too.

2.Visit Country Specific Information on travel to the Ukraine and Poland.

3.Details regarding the upcoming games, including full details on entry/exit and customs requirements, and conditions specific to the Championships are provided by Websites of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and in Poland also. U.S. passport holders going to Poland and Ukraine for less than 90 days within a 180-day period for tourism do not need a visa  in most cases.

4.During EURO 2012 Poland will reintroduce border checks with neighboring EU states . Between June 4 and July 1 border guards may randomly check documents of travelers entering Poland from other Schengen countries.For example U.S. citizens may be subject to a random border check if entering Warsaw via a train from Berlin.

5.Ensuring you’re covered abroad could be one of the best investments you’ll ever make so check your overseas medical insurance coverage. Further information on medical insurance can be found on our website.

6.Prior to your departure from the United States notify your credit card company of your overseas travel. For more about using credit cards in Poland and Ukraine check out the helpful information on the U.S. Citizen Services page of the U.S. Embassy’s website.

7.Enroll with the U.S. Embassy’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  This will enable the Embassy to keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  You can easily enroll online.  Additionally, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users can access STEP and much more by downloading the SMART Traveler app.

8.Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel website, http://www.cdc.gov/travel, for needed vaccines and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while traveling.

Make sure you thoroughly enjoy the experience and football while you travel this football season!

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