travel tips for traveling abroad

Travel Tips for Traveling Abroad


Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information

Make sure you have a signed, valid passport, and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.

Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page

Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

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.

Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws

While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department web site at  has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.

Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime

To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.

Planning Your Trip: Know Before You Go!

Travelers should familiarize themselves with their destinations, both to get the most enjoyment out of the visit and to avoid known dangers.

Travelers should also be aware of restrictions on items that may be taken overseas  and even on items that may be brought into your country upon return.

Health: What You Need to Know in Advance of Travel

All travelers should familiarize themselves with conditions at their destination that could affect their health (high altitude or pollution, types of medical facilities, required immunizations, availability of required pharmaceuticals, etc.).

While some of this information may be found in the documents listed above, the key resource for health information is the Travelers Health page of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

The CDC website also provides general guidance on health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect-bite protection, Vaccination, Infectious Diseases, Pandemic Influenza, Foot & Mouth Disease, Chemical/Biological/Nuclear Incidents.

Fact Sheets on foot and mouth disease, responding to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents and other health issues may be found at website.

For information about pandemic influenza, see Information about infectious diseases abroad may also be found on the website of the World Health Organization at, and further health information for travelers is available at

Customs Restrictions of Foreign Destinations What You Cannot Take to Other Countries

Many countries have restrictions on what may be brought into the country, including food, pets and medications.

Even over-the-counter medications may be prohibited in some countries. Check with the embassies of your destination countries as to prohibited items.


Taking a Pet Overseas

If you decide to take your pet with you when you go abroad, you should check with the embassies of the destination countries as to specific requirements that must be met before a pet may be brought into the country.

Many countries have strict health, quarantine, agriculture, wildlife, and customs requirements and prohibitions. A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State�s website at

Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found on the Country Specific Information for each country.

For security, safety and a list op prohibited items visit TSA – Transportation Security Administration, the official site for Security Screening of Passenger and Baggage

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