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travel.state.gov helps international travelers

Do you:

  • Need a passport?
  • Need to find out about foreign visa requirements?
  • Need up-to-date information on conditions in a foreign country?

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website can help!

Click travel.state.gov for:

  • Passport application forms
  • Closest location to apply for a passport
  • Information on getting certified birth certificate or other vital records
  • Information on foreign entry/visa requirements

  • Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets (We issue Information Sheets for every country in the world.) For information on passport and visa requirements, crime, areas of unrest, road safety, medical care, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate
  • Tips for Travelers and other publications to help Americans avoid trouble in other countries, including tips for older Americans and a special web site section for students
  • Medical information for international travelers
  • Information on emergency services for Americans abroad

  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Information on international adoption, child abductions and legal matters
  • Information on U.S. visas for foreigners, including downloadable applications
  • Links to other useful sites, including U.S. and foreign embassies and consulates, U.S. Customs, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Overseas Security Advisory Council

    What others have said about travel.state.gov:

    Government Executive Best Feds on the Web: "This site is a must-visit for Americans traveling to foreign countries.…Information is detailed, easily located and current. An e-mail service provides subscribers with new information as soon as it's issued, and the crisis page provides continuous updates when major catastrophes occur abroad."

    Galaxy Top Ten Travel Web Sites: "So, you're planning to take a trip far, far away. But wait-you don't have a passport? Aren't sure of possible government travel restrictions? Want to make sure you follow the rules? Or maybe you want to know what to do if a travel crisis strikes while you're away from home? Relax, your Uncle Sam has got you covered…Download a passport application. Check out children's travel issues. Get really important phone numbers like Overseas Citizens Assistance. Learn about visas and where you'll need one. You can link to other great resources too, like information for students traveling, travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control and more."

    Fielding: "The single most useful tools for us are the Country Information Sheets and the Daily Incident Reports supplied by the U.S. State Department."

    The Great American Web Book: "perhaps the finest source of international travel information to be found
    anywhere on the World Wide Web."

    Be prepared:

    If you have loved ones living/working/studying abroad
    If you have your eye on a bargain airline fare or vacation package
    If your employer might want you to travel on short notice…


    Visit travel.state.gov now!

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