Travel Resources

Please plan ahead on the timing of your applications and appointments for Passports, Visas, and Immunizations. Make sure to follow instructions and timelines RIM provides in your Acceptance Packet to ensure that you have the proper travel documents for your trip.

U.S. Passports: 

  • Apply or Renew -Your Passport must be valid for six months after the end of your trip, usually 2/1/2022 or later.

  • Be sure to choose a Passport BOOKLET, not a Passport CARD.

  • Participants who have a foreign passport are responsible to have the correct travel documents and visas to travel to their destination country and return to the U.S. 


If you have a U.S. Passport:

  • RIM will determine if your destination country requires a visa upon entry and notify participants of these requirements in preparation for the trip. 

  • Information will be located in your Acceptance Packet and RIM will contact you closer to the trip to make sure that everything is in order before your team departs. 

If you have a foreign passport:

  • Make sure you have all needed travel documents to enter the country(s) of international travel

    • Be aware many countries require a visa/additional documentation for entry (i.e. proof of vaccination, etc.)

  • Make sure you have all travel documents to reenter the U.S. 

  • If you need any assistance through the process, RIM is here to help! Give us a call at 1-800-774-6746. 


RIM’s utmost desire is to keep participants safe and healthy while they travel! It is important to know that participants without the proper vaccinations are at an increased risk when traveling internationally (compared to living within the US) because foreign countries do not have the same vaccination rates as the US. Diseases that have been nearly eradicated from the US for decades are much easier to contract in third-world settings. For this reason and based on CDC recommendations, RIM requires and/or strongly recommends the following:

  • Childhood vaccinations – Required on all trips

  • Tetanus – Required on all trips, no exceptions

  • Hepatitis A – Required on all trips

  • Typhoid – Required for Thailand and Botswana; strongly recommended for Central America and Caribbean

  • Yellow Fever – Required for Uganda, no exceptions (must display proof for entry into the country) 

  • Malaria medicine – Strongly recommended for Botswana & Uganda (we’ll be in the northern region of Botswana)
    *Do not use chloroquine because Botswana & Uganda are chloroquine-resistant areas

Immunization FAQs

Where can I find more info on required vaccines?

CDC Immunization Information:

I usually submit a waiver instead of receiving vaccines. What do I do?

We can help!
Please contact RIM at 1-800-774-6746 before you begin fundraising for your trip. Exemptions are not possible for Tetanus and Yellow Fever.

What happens if I do get sick on my trip?

All participants must purchase supplemental medical insurance policies with $1,000,000 coverage, $0 deductible, and emergency evacuation coverage (or submit written proof of existing coverage that meets or exceeds these requirements). This insures that individuals will have access to adequate medical care in the event of illness or injury as well as the ability to leave the country in the event of medical or political emergency RIM will provide you with information on how to purchase this international medical insurance in preparation for your trip. Check out the International Insurance Purchase Form on the Required Forms page!

Still have questions? Give RIM a call at 1-800-774-6746 between 9am-5pm EST, Monday to Thursday or email