Tips for Safe Travel
- Make sure you have a valid passport and visas, if required. In case of an emergency, it is a good idea for a relative in the U.S. to have passport also.
- Check if there is a travel advisory for the area you plan to visit. Stay aware of events in the country you are visiting.
- Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember while in a country, you are subject to its laws.
- Make two photocopies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home. Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so you can be contacted in case of emergency.
- Notify by phone or register in person with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate upon arrival.
- Don't leave luggage unattended in public areas. Don't accept packages from strangers.
- Don't be a target. Avoid conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and don't carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
- In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase souvenirs.
- If you get into trouble, contact the U.S. Consulate.
You can listen to travel advisories 24/7 by calling 1-202-647-5225.
You can find the travel advisories at the 13 regional U.S. passport agencies.