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International Travel Resources

The international travel services and resources listed below are provided for U.S. citizens who travel abroad. The websites listed will help you plan a safe and secure trip to your international destination.

International Travel Health

 CDC, Cruise Vessel Sanitation Program
The Green Sheet lists cruise ships' most recent inspections scores and the Vessel Sanitation database. Make sure the cruise ship you plan to board is up to par.

The International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM)
In cooperation with national and international health care providers, academic centers, the travel industry and the media, ISTM advocates and facilitates education, service, and research activities in the field of travel medicine.

CDC's Pandemic Influenza page
One-stop access to U.S. Government H1N1, avian and pandemic flu information.

The World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

International Travel News

International Broadcasting
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television.

State Department Daily Press Briefings
Daily briefings made by a State Department spokesperson that you can either read or watch. Each statement lists important decisions and actions taken by the U.S. government in various parts of the world and a question and answer session.

International Travel Regulations

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Importing food, plant, animal products, clearing goods through customs, and more. A Department of Homeland Security site.

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS)
Information about bringing food, plants, or animal products into the U.S. List of prohibited items and those you can bring in when you return to the United States.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The goal of WHTI is to facilitate entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors, while strengthening U.S. border security.

International Travel Safety

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens/nationals who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.

Travel Alerts & Warnings
The State Department issues a Travel Alert for short-term events they think you should know about when planning travel to a country and a Travel Warning when they want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all.

World Destinations

CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

Currency Exchange Rates
This quarterly report reflects exchange rates at which the U.S. government can acquire foreign currencies for official expenditures as reported by disbursing officers for each post on the last business day of the month prior to the date of the published report.

Currency Exchange Guide
Learn more about converting your money and pick up some helpful safety tips to practice when carrying cash or debit cards in a foreign country.

Flags of the World
Flag images of countries worldwide. Includes description of and information about each flag.

National Websites Listed by Country
Links to country-specific sites. There are some good resources available although the list has not been updated since 2002.

International Long Distance Calling Made Simple
Instructions on how to make international long distance phone calls to every nation in the world.


About the Author: For over 20 years, the U.S. Passport Service Guide team has helped hundreds of thousands of travelers with their travel document questions and shared advice about how to make traveling abroad simpler, safer, and more enjoyable.

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