International Travel 411
Travel Tip for smart international travelers… make two copies of all of your travel documents in case of emergency, and leave one with a trusted friend or relative.
Smart international travel preparation can make visiting other countries a great experience.
It does matter whether you are traveling:
*** for work or pleasure,
*** solo or in a group,
*** staying for a few days or several years,…
planning ahead can help ensure your time abroad is both enjoyable and safe. And safety should be your first priority.
The first step to an international trip is to read Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go.
Pay special attention to all safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.
Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.
If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas.
Whether for mountain biking or bungee jumping, safaris or surfing, millions of U.S. citizens travel abroad each year and engage in adventure travel.
Whether you reside overseas or are just visiting, it is important that you know what to expect in advance and understand the risks inherent with…
adventure travel in a foreign country.
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport,…
a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.
The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they…
wish to visit. In this situation, when planning travel abroad, learn about visa requirements by country, see country information in the …
International Travel Section section of this website.)
More Information about Visas
The first step in planning any trip abroad, is to check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination.
It provides information to help you assess for yourself the risks and dangers you may face in the country of your international travel.
You can then decide what steps to take to ensure your safety when you decide to go abroad.
You can see the world at a glance on our color-coded map.
The color coded-map graphic is shown below; however, you will need to click the above link to see the countries code.
Note, that conditions can change rapidly in a country at any time. But you can receive updated Travel Advisories and Alerts, as quickly as they change.
Click on the following link and choose the method that works best for you at travel.state.gov/stayingconnected
For more details and FAQs about our safety and security information, please see travel.state.gov/travelsafely.
Travel Check List: