Research Your Destination

Research — it's not just for your term papers anymore. Before you go, it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country you're visiting. And we're a good place to start. We've been there, done that, and have a few t-shirts to show for it.

The Department of State has a wide range of research resources available for your use.

Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country.

The State Department issues Travel Alerts to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions that pose significant risks or disruptions to Americans.

The State Department also provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.

Contact the Office of Overseas Citizen Services at or

Toll free in the U.S. or Canada 1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States and Canada 1-202-501-4444

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