The key to a successful business trip
Get organised for total peace of mind
Check entry formalities
The authorities may also demand to see your return ticket or ask for a substantial sum of money to be paid there and then. Finally, familiarise yourself with maximum time limits for issuing a visa and any express procedures, if needed.
Research the country’s security
Being aware of any risks means being more relaxed and able to focus on business negotiations.
Plan your journey
Choose hotels which are close to useful amenities and meeting venues, or those which are equipped with reception rooms where your professional counterparts can meet you. If you need to hire a car, check whether a manual is required. If you're going to be getting behind the wheel, you should find out whether an international driving licence is necessary.
Plan your healthcare
Contact a vaccination centre or a public healthcare establishment which specialises in international healthcare before you leave. They'll also be able to offer advice about drinking water and foods to be avoided. Keep any basic medicines and necessary prescription drugs close to hand.
Don't forget your insurance
Check that your professional insurance covers the upfront payment of medical services abroad, but also make sure it will deal with the costs for a potential emergency repatriation. In all cases, businesses should inform employees about insurance details before their departure.
Financial tips for travelling abroad
It's a good idea to note down their emergency numbers in case you lose your card. The maximum amount of money which can be transported by a traveller without being declared varies from country to country – it’s best to research this.
Protect your data
Finally, don't forget to research the habits and customs of the country you're heading to, especially regarding courtesy and attire. The more effort you make to integrate with your professional counterparts, the more successful business negotiations will be.
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