International Travel Resources
New to international travel or not a regular international traveler? Here are some resources to help you get started on your research and planning.
|US Embassy and Consulate||Find the closest US Embassy or Consulate to your travel location(s) on the US Department of State.|
|STEP||Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens/nationals who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.|
|State Department’s Traveler’s Checklist||This section of the U.S. Department of State provides a list of important steps you can take to prepare for a safe trip anywhere outside the U.S. In addition, you can search for your destination to view more specific information about that country or area.|
|Learn About Your Destination||The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) administers the Consular Information Program, which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program.
Find Country Specific Information for every country of the world. You will find the location of the U.S. Embassy and any consular offices, information about whether you need a visa, crime and security information, health and medical considerations, drug penalties, localized hot spots, and more. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going.
|The World Factbook||The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.|
|US Passports||Get the most up to date information on U.S. passport requirements at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs.|
|World Clock Time Search||Search for time zones throughout the world and determine the time difference between two or more locations.|
|Travel Alerts and Warnings||Sign up for Travel Alerts and Warning from the State Department to be notified of long term and short term safety and health concerns to specific travel destinations.|
|Global Entry||Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
At airports, program members proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingerprints on the scanner for fingerprint verification and complete a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit.