Have you recently got a job offer from a company in a foreign country? Are you going abroad for higher studies? Are you planning to explore business opportunities in a foreign land? Whatever reason is making you plan to go abroad, the process of document and certificate attestation can leave you frustrated. In India, getting your work done from government offices is too taxing. Repetitive visits to one authority and then to another and then another is something that can take a toll on your study, business, or job – whatever you do. That’s why most people choose to hire attestation services to get the work done in a stress-free way in exchange for a nominal fee.
In India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is the central government authority that is responsible for managing foreign affairs of the country. It is also the same authority that authenticates and attests to all types of certificates and documents issued in India. It is mandatory to obtain a stamp from the Ministry of External Affairs to legalize your documents. And the process can be time-consuming and hectic for many. So, rather than doing it on your own, you should prefer to find an attestation service provider who is a trusted partner of the MEA.
Tips to Follow to Make Your Foreign Travel Safe
Since you are reading this post, you might be traveling abroad for the first time. So, apart from getting your documents and certificated attested, here are a few things that you should keep in mind before and during travel.
- Learn more about the country, its culture, safety on roads, and opportunities in the field you are interested in.
- Follow the latest travel advisories of the MEA and register with the local Indian Embassy/Consulate before leaving India to stay updated and get better assistance.
- Make sure that you have the right visa, passport, certificates, and documents required for the country you are visiting or transiting.
- Manage and organize your finances in advance to cover your planned travel.
- Follow the rules and laws of the country even if they appear harsh or rude by the Indian standards as you will be treated no differently from the locals.
- Arrange appropriate travel and medical insurance that covers you from unexpected expenses on the foreign land. It would be better to see your doctor and have your medical checkup done. In case you are planning to carry medicines or any pharmaceutical product from India, make sure that their use is allowed in the country you are visiting. Also, leave a copy of insurance policy details and your abroad itinerary back home.
- Make several copies of your passport and keep them away from the originals. If your passport is lost or stolen, report it immediately and use a copy of the passport for paperwork wherever possible. And also keep a copy of the passport back home. Protect your passport and don’t give it to anyone when you are in a foreign country.
- Double-check that you have all the documents and certificates attested you will need once you land in the visiting country. Keep them safe.
- In case you get arrested or detained, insist on Consular access from the nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate.
- Stay in touch with your family and friends and keep updating them about your whereabouts for safety reasons.
Getting professional assistance may not be necessary but it is important to lower your stress and get advice on your foreign travel to stay safe.