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Traveling in Turbulent Times: Doing Your Research Before You Travel
Good Sources of Information
Other Useful Sites
International Travel Tips
- Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.
- Make sure you have a signed, valid passport with emergency information included.
- In cases of an emergency, leave your itinerary with family or friends.
- Have two extra passport copies in case your passport is stolen. Leave one copy with a family member or a friend and carry the other with you in a separate place.
- Since you are subject to a foreign country’s laws, familiarize yourself with local laws and customs.
- Take steps to avoid being mugged. For example, do not wear expensive jewelry and avoid carrying a lot of money with you.
- Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas.
- Learn more about your health insurance. For example, does your policy include international travel? If you have to be evacuated due to a medical emergency, is that service covered? Should you get a supplemental health insurance plan?
- If there is an emergency, call the US Embassy office in the country that you are visiting. An Embassy officer will be able to help you.
Traveler's Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
US Department of State http://travel.state.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Travel Canada http://travel.gc.ca
Destinations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm. Accessed October 30, 2013.
Emergency contact. American Presence Post Bordeaux website. Available at: http://bordeaux.usconsulate.gov/emergency-contact.html. Accessed October 30, 2013.
Smart traveler enrollment program. Travel.State.gov website. Available at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/registration/registration%5F4789.html. Accessed October 30, 2013.
Tips for traveling abroad. Travel.State.gov website. Available at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips%5F1232.html. Accessed October 30, 2013.
Travel and health. World Health Organization website. Available at: http://www.who.int/topics/travel/en/. Accessed October 30, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013
- Update Date: 10/30/2013