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When you are traveling to exotic locations around the globe, it's important to review travel warnings that may be in place. At times, some places are completely safe while at others times they should be avoided.

The government publishes important information regarding travel outside the US.
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Travel Warnings Pre-Travel

When planning to travel outside the US, it's important to review government posted travel warnings. At times, some places are completely safe while at others times they should be avoided.
Sometimes, in spite of careful planning, things still go wrong during a trip abroad.

For emergency help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate overseas or the office in Washington, D. C.

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Avoid trouble by doing your best to obey local signs and laws unlike this guy.

Brighton Pier - Brighton, England
Sign Reads
"Please Do Not Feed The Birds"

The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website contains links to valuable information keeping you informed of issues abroad as well as tips on remaining safe during your travels.  We have listed some of the important topics here and encourage you to browse their website for additional information.

The mission of the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs is to protect the lives and serve the interests of U.S. citizens abroad. They provide information to help you assess for yourself the risks of international travel and what steps to take to ensure your safety when you decide to go abroad.

Before You Go

You can now access all safety and security information on one country page.  So before you travel, review the Travel Advisory and Alerts for your destinations.

Be sure to read further country-specific details on the same page that could affect your travel, such as entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, transportation, and other relevant topics.  Research the locations you plan to visit prior to planning your trip and again prior to departure.

International Travel

Visiting other countries can be a great experience. 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.

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler's Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our 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.

Improved Consular Safety and Security Messaging

It is now easy to get clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information about every country in the world and access it at home or on the go via their mobile-friendly website.


As a first step in planning any trip abroad, check the Travel Advisories for your intended destination. Click for a complete list or see the world at a glance on their color-coded map.

Traveler's Checklist

Various checklists and recommendations.