On the Plane

The big day has finally come - your flight to the USA! Now that you've received your visa, booked your flight and packed what you need, it is important to know what you should have on board with you.

Contact Information

Take the name, address and telephone number of the individual at your US university to contact in case of a travel delay or an emergency. Also include details for a contact person at home and your country’s consulate (which you can find at the US Embassy’s website: www.usembassy.gov) in the US (or sponsoring agency). Most importantly, you will be required to state an address on your landing card, so be sure to have a university-based or off-campus address with you in your carry-on luggage.

Important Documents

In addition to your passport and visa, it is necessary to carry other important documents in your carry-on luggage such as the materials you took to your visa interview (acceptance letter, proof of funds, etc. See At the Border for more information). You may want to put a copy of your passport, visa and other documents you are taking on the plane in your checked luggage, in case you misplace your carry-on.

Other Considerations

Just in case your luggage is lost, carry on prescriptions in the original packaging with the original written prescription. Keeping a travel toothbrush and one change of clothes in your carry-on, and packing your mobile phone, charger, and converter in case of an emergency are also good ideas. Carry on valuables (computer, camera, etc.) and take some cash (in US dollars) for immediate use, such as transportation from the airport to campus.