Travel

Retirees love to travel.  For many of us, retirement affords the time and opportunity to finally visit all those places we’ve dreamed of seeing.  We can finally reward ourselves by traveling to foreign lands after leaving busy work lives behind.  Yet, whether on vacation or at home, accidents happen; sudden illnesses crop up.  That truth raises an important question.  Do we have health insurance to cover an emergency or sudden illness when we travel outside the United States?

Traveling anywhere outside the United States requires a valid passport.  That wasn’t always the case.  When I was younger, we thought nothing of crossing the border into Mexico for shopping or social events.  We once attended a wedding in Nogales, returning to Arizona by taxi, and the only ID required at the border was a driver’s license.  Those days are long gone.  Border crossings are heavily scrutinized, and you will need a passport to get back into the United States.  You also need a passport to travel to Canada.

If you wish to travel to another country for a vacation, you may need a tourist visa. Visas are documents added to your passport giving you permission to visit another country. Each country has its own laws about what prospective visitors need to do to apply for a tourist visa, how long visitors can visit for, and that could depend on the country of your passport. This article only focuses on people with a United States passport. The article first summarizes some countries where tourist visas are needed, countries where Americans can visit without a visa, and general tips on finding information about countries not mentioned here.

Why Do We Need a New Drivers License?

In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, which was designed to set minimum security requirements for identifications used in airports, Federal Agencies, and nuclear power plants.  The Act was based on recommendations by the 9/11 Commission that the Federal Government set standards for sources of identification like drivers licenses.  On December 20, 2013, The Department of Homeland Security announced a phased enforcement plan for the Real ID law that allowed the states time to develop a new identification card that meets Federal requirements.

This article provides a brief overview of the Arizona State Parks Pass, which grants pass-holders access to recreation areas managed by the State of Arizona. (To learn more about the America the Beautiful Pass which grants visitors access to federal recreation areas, including National Parks, National Forests, and National Monuments, please read the separate article on this website on that topic.)

Arizona has a variety of laws and ordinances that surround how and when you can use and open flame; each application is identified to offer you a better understanding of how these rules keep people safe from harmful toxins and out of control fires.

Marijuana, also called pot, weed, ganja, and Mary Jane, consists of dried portions of the cannabis plant, most commonly the flower buds. In recent years, science has discovered that cannabis products are effective in treating a variety of illnesses.  That discovery led to a movement to legalize the drug. 

Foreign travel can be a fun and exciting experience however; bad things can happen when you travel to a country with different: laws, legal system, and views on personal rights. While we all hope to avoid legal problems, here is some information if you are arrested or detained in a foreign country.

This website has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this website is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from state-to-state or county-to-county, so that some information in this website may not be correct for your situation. Finally, the information contained on this website is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this website cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

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