Plan your first international trip (For Nurses relocating to foreign country)

Nurses First International Trip Things you need to knowFirst international journey to any country is a night mare to many of the nurses. What all things we keep in mind while you are boarding your first international flight? What all things you need to carry with you if you are going to stay alone in a European Country, Canada or Australia? Lets find out in this article. If you found this article useful for friends who are planning for their first international trip, please share this to them.

Things you should be aware of before you boards for your first international trip

Check Your Visa

Check the visa printed on your passport or electronically stamped visa before you purchase your ticket. It will be clearly written, when you are allowed to arrive in that country. Keep a photocopy of your visa or scan it to your google drive

Your Ticket

Your ticket will be showing detailed timing of your first and second flghts (if any). Please note that second flight timings (connection flight) will be local time in that particular country not your home country. You will also get the flight number printed in your ticket

If you see that you have got less time to change your flights, you should be prepared to move fast once you deboards from your first flight.

You will be undergoing a second security check of both you and your hand baggage in the airport in which you are boarding your second flight.

Its an easy method to remember that once you are deboarded from your first flight, go along the “International Transfers” sign board to pick up your second flight. Keep an eye on the monitors about your flight number so that you can know which gate you have to go for boarding your second flight.

Procedures at airport in your home country

You will need to give your luggage while you are checking in. They will check the weight of the luggage and may charge you if you are found to carry any excess luggage. Its okay to carry 1 to 1.5 Kg extra than permitted but not more than that.

The airline staff will check your ticket along with your passport and visa. They scans everything and issues you two boarding passes (if you have to board two flights)

Keep the second boarding pass safe with you.

Its advised to put a mark on the baggage for eg. a ribbon for easy identification of your bag at your destination airport.

Once checked in you will be seeing your luggage only after reaching your destination (you will be carrying only your hand baggage with you – usually 7 kgs)

Once you got your boarding passes and dropped your luggage, you need to proceed for emigration clearance.

This is usually a desk of officers seated before security checking gates.They will check your visa, ticket and purpose of travelling. You have to passby these officials for your security checking

You will be lined up for your security check up. You will need to give your hand baggage, laptop, wallet etc for scanning and they will be frisking you by security officials.

After your security checking is over you need to go to your designated gate printed on your first boarding pass. Please note that there will be hundreds of gates in an international airport. So, make sure that you are following directions for the correct gate printed on your boarding pass

After reaching boarding gate, wait patiently for airline officials to call up the passengers for your designated flight. Line up and board your flight. If you find any difficulty in finding your seat, air hostess will be free to help you.

Display screens at any Airport

Display screens at any airport will be showing the different Flight Numbers along with time of departure and current status. Current Status may be one of the three titles. They are Check In, Security Check and Boarding. Check in means passengers can now do the checking and dropping of luggage at airline desk in the airport. Security check is the scanning of hand baggage and frisking of passengers. Boarding means passengers are now boarding to flight.

Once you reach your destination airport

First you need to go through emigration officers who will check your visa and other details. Usually, you need to fill up a form with information about your accommodation, purpose of visit etc before going to the emigration official. Keep your documents such as sponsorship details, accommodation details etc handy so that you can show them in case of any doubts. They may also check your biometrics to identify you.

In European airports, there is a separate que for european passport holders. You should bear in mind that you should be standing in que for non european passport holders que. Otherwise it can cause you time wastage.

You need to collect your dropped in luggage from conveyor belt displayed in the screens of your destination airport along with flight number. It will be easy to identify your luggage if you have tied a ribbon or some sign which catches your eye easily.

Once you recieved your luggage, you can proceed to the exit. Some times, policemen standing at the exit may ask you to open your luggage for security reasons such as police dog may sniff your luggage. Please be not worried, do so as they are telling.

Must have things which you need to carry if you are going to stay alone for the first time in a European Country

– An International adaptor (for connecting your local cables and other gadgets)

– Winter clothing (Jackets, Sweaters)

– Black work shoes, converses, bathroom slippers (very costly in european countries)

– Woolen socks, cotton socks

– Two or three utensils (sauce pan), spoons, tiffin box, water bottle, mug and bowl, plate (microwave safe)

– Knife

– Dresses, jeans, casuals (according to preferences)

– Stockings

– Shampoo, conditioner, face wash, hair dryer if necessary

– nail cutter, ear buds, brush, paste etc

– Moisturising lotions

– Stud earrings

– Clutches to tie up hair for work, hair pins

– safety pins

– Night dresses

– Shawl/scarfs

– Sanitary napkins, tissues

– Medicines for first aid (cold, head ache, one course antibiotics etc)

– Curry Masalas (Meat, chicken masala)

– Two note books, Black pens

– Bed sheets, pillow covers

– Laundry bag (foldable)

– Lip balms

– Umbrella

– Phone, charger, head sets

– Back pack, laptop if possible

– Detergents, Wash soap if required

– Some amount of rice

– Local currency

You will need to carry all those because it will be difficult for you to first find the shops where you can get all those you are used to. Also, you may be paid only after a month.

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