We get inundated with questions everyday around these topics because many of our helpful tips and personal experiences involve solving these questions. We can’t speak to every possible situation but we want to clarify some basic ideas about responsibility when traveling.
Many people will ask when concerning documents needed or being denied entry or boarding: whose responsibility is it, Ours or the airline? Why would the airline sell me a ticket if I don’t have the proper paperwork to fly or enter a country?
The maxim in travel is: anyone who books a trip is responsible for having all the documents they need, period. The travel providers, border agents, no one can know what you have or don’t have, they can only enforce the rules that they are asked to follow.
The best way to know ahead of time what you truly need for your scenario is to call the embassy or airline or accommodation. You need to be sure to get official answers, as there are lots of websites and entities that aren’t official. Even ourselves, we get lots of inquiries and people call us after getting their tickets, hoping that we can tell them what they want to hear or that it’ll be fine. We are just guides based on our experiences and our experiences will never outweigh the official policies.
We recommend travelers have to own the trip and should not book a ticket unless they are sure they can book a ticket. Once you put money down and go, you are assuming responsibility for your documents.
When booking a ticket, visas
, return tickets, hotel bookings, be sure you have these things in the way that the country wants them.
For example some people who arrive without return ticket might do so thinking they are taking a bus to another country outbound, however be sure it is allowed, some countries require a return airline ticket.
Be sure to always carry all print outs of all your reservations, some border agents will not look at your phone or electronic device.
Be sure you have all the documents you need and that they are current. This goes especially for passport and visa
validity, but also for immunizations. Things like yellow fever must be current and you need to be inoculated at least ten days before you travel.