Are you about to travel to a foreign country? There are websites out there that talk about safe countries and travel requirements. However, there is only one official website geared towards U.S. citizens that gives necessary information you need to help you stay safe, to help up you know what preparations to make, and to help you decide where to travel. That website is travel.state.gov. Here is the information offered for each country destination you research:
Embassy Messages: On travel.state.gov, enter in the desired country destination. It will direct you to a page that specifically talks about the country you searched for. Right under the title of the country, any or all Embassy messages will be there. This is important because if the U.S. State Department has issued any alerts or warnings about the country, this is where you can find out.
Quick Facts: Learn about currency restrictions, vaccination requirements, and how many blank passport pages are required for an entry stamp into the country.
Embassies and Consulates: To contact or locate a U.S. embassy or consulate in another country, you can find all the contact information in this section.
Destination Description: Learn more about the relationship between the U.S. and the country of your choice, as well as, current leaders and facts.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements: Read about what official documents you need in order to get into the country and back home to the U.S. This is also the place where you can find out about traveling with minors or when you need a visa.
Safety and Security: While many cities and towns you will be traveling through may be considered safe, it doesn’t hurt to be on your guard. Learn about places or situations you should avoid, what the crime rates are, what the country can do for you, and what to do if you become a victim of a crime.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances: Just because you are in a different country doesn’t mean you are free from the law or that your home country will come save you if you are in dire need of help. Foreigners are subject to local laws. Inform yourself on criminal penalties, mobility issues, and local laws. If you are a student or a woman traveling alone, read up on information specifically for you.
Health: Any potential health inflicting hazards, medical facilities, insurance, medical payment, etc., are topics of health that will help you be prepared.
Travel & Transportation: Driving or getting around on your own? Learn about traffic laws and safety, road conditions, public transportation, and potential fines.
There is also a map of the country and a link to enroll in the STEP program (which registers your trip with the closest U.S. embassy or consulate) on each country’s page. This website is the key in helping you make the right travel decisions. Go ahead, try it out!by