If you are preparing to travel internationally, we recommend that you consult the following resources:
The U.S. Department of State provides country-specific information for every country of the world. For each country, you will find information like the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots (including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts). This is a good place to start learning about where you are going.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The following documents prepared by the University of Colorado Risk Management Office also provide valuable tips and information for international travelers: