Terrorism may be big news, but in fact it is a relatively small threat almost everywhere you might want to travel. If you are planning a trip abroad and concerned about the stability or safety of your destination, check these sites for the most up-to-date U.S.government information and warnings. These sites also have important information on passport and visa requirements for travelers, useful tips for moving around abroad safely, and contact information for U.S. embassies abroad.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs Home Page serves as a portal to specific country information, safety and health tips, and visa and passport information you'll need to travel.
Consular Information Sheets provide up-to-date important information across a range of topics: a brief country profile, entry and exit requirements, and information on crime, security, and health issues. The U.S. Embassy's address is located at the bottom of each country report.
Public Announcements are issued for regions or countries where the State Department has determined there is observable risk of violence or terrorist attack against Americans, specifically, or more generally. Emergency embassy contact information for Americans abroad is provided at the bottom of each page.
Current Travel Warnings are issued for countries that the State Department recommends that Americans avoid, if their travel is non-essential. The warnings offer tips for how to remain safe in environments where caution is advised.
This useful page offers travelers tips on packing for trips abroad, dressing appropriately elsewhere, and observing local laws.