The Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, for the issuance of passports and other documentation to citizens and nationals, and for the protection of U.S. border security and the facilitation of legitimate travel to the United States. This compilation of links, which address some of the most important issues that may arise during travel from or to the United States, will assist you in better handling your clients’ travel needs before and during their trip. We encourage you to incorporate these links on your own website for your clients’ reference.
U.S. TRAVEL AGENTS
A passport is a U.S. citizen’s key to international travel. CA has a significant domestic presence, most notably the 29 U.S. Passport agencies and centers, 26 of which deal directly with the U.S. public. In 2016 alone, we issued over 18.6 million passports to U.S. citizens!
- How to apply for a passport
- Where to apply for a passport
- Lost or Stolen Passports
- Passport photo requirements
- Get your passport in a hurry
- Life or death emergencies
- Current processing times
- Passport fees
- Application status
- National Passport Information Center contact information
- Schengen countries travel
PREPARING FOR A TRIP ABROAD
We offer several resources for U.S. citizens planning trips abroad. These resources include information about health, safety, security, transportation, local laws, visa requirements, and passport validity requirements for their destination. Enrollment in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) also allows U.S. citizens travelers to receive updates while traveling.
- Learn about your destination
- Find a U.S. Embassy abroad
- Travel alerts and warnings
- Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Vaccinations and insurance
- Traveler’s checklist
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ABROAD
The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. We do this through routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens at our embassies and consulates around the world. We serve our fellow citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and medical emergencies.
- Sending money to U.S. citizens overseas
- What the State Department can and cannot do in a crisis abroad
- Death abroad
- Emergency contact numbers for U.S. citizens abroad
- Medical evacuations
- How to locate a missing person abroad
Further useful information for the traveling U.S. public overseas.
TRAVEL AGENTS ABROAD
TOURISM TO THE UNITED STATES
Foreign travelers to the United States for short visits, for example tourism, vacation, visiting family and friends, or medical treatment, need visitor visas unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.
- Overview of Visitor and Business Visa
- DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
- Executive Order on Visas
- Visa Waiver program – ESTA Application
- Visa Fees
- Visa Appointment Wait Times
- Visa Requirements for Canada and Bermuda
- Lost/Stolen Visas and Documents
- Ineligibilities and Denials
- Visa Expiration Date
- Useful Videos
Learn About Your Destination
Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.