U.S. Government Central Intelligence Agency
A comprehensive resource including maps, population statistics
and much more
for countries around the world.
Air Security International
Online security briefings, executive security escorts and safety
analysis of airlines.
ABYZ News Links
ABYZ News Links is a portal to online news sources
from around the world. It is primarily composed of newspapers but
also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines,
and press agencies. Please note that ABYZ News Links does not contain
actual news content but only links to other news sources.
around the world
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Library of Congress Travel Research
This is a great site for countries and region research.
The State Department of the
United States Government.
Online U.S. State Department information on Passports.
National Business Travel Association (NBTA)
Represents the interests of more than 2,000 corporate travel
managers and travel service providers. It is THE source for
critical and time-sensitive information about the business travel
This section provides an overview of Customs regulations and
procedures that apply to travelers entering or exiting the United
for Disease Control and Prevention
Reference material for international travel.
BEFORE THE TRIP:
FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS
Warnings, Consular Information Sheets & Public Announcement
Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on
all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel
to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended
will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets.
Information Sheets are available for every country of the world.
They include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy
or Consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices,
health con-ditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency
and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug
penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is
not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of
the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled
"Safety /Security." On limited occasions, this section
also restates any U.S. Embassy advice given to official employees.
Consular Information Sheets generally do not include advice, but
present information in a factual manner so the traveler can make
his or her own decisions concerning travel to a particular country
Announcements are a means to disseminate information about terrorist
threats and other relatively short-term and/or trans-national
conditions posing significant risks to the security of American
travelers. They are made any time there is a perceived threat
and usually have Americans as a particular target group. In the
past, Public Announcements have been issued to deal with short-term
coups, bomb threats to airlines, violence by terrorists and anniversary
dates of specific terrorist events.
Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings can
be found at the U.S. Department of State website at:
U.S. Embassy or Consulate
When traveling abroad, U.S. citizens can contact the consular
section of the U.S. embassy located in the country in which they
are traveling. U.S. embassies are located in more than 160 capital
cities of the world. Consular offices also are located at approximately
60 U.S. consulates general and 20 U.S. consulates around the world.
(Consulates general and consulates are regional offices of embassies.)
Consular officers provide emergency services, such as passport
replacement, help finding medical assistance, help getting funds,
emergency evacuation, and help in a disaster. Consular officers
also provide non-emergency services, such as issuing consular
reports of birth abroad, issuing pass-ports, and other services.
To locate a U.S. embassy or consular office, contact the Overseas
Citizens Services of the U.S. State Department before leaving
on your trip, or, when you arrive at your destination, check the
local telephone directory or inquire at your hotel
DURING THE TRIP: SAFETY TIPS
· Airports and airlines are expected to continue implementing
new security procedures and equipment in an ongoing effort to
ensure that air travel is as safe as possible. Because all airports
and airlines have different basic security measures and react
to specific security threats differently, it is impossible to
list a standard set of security procedures to follow. With this
in mind, travelers should consider all of the following when traveling.
Allow plenty of time to check your luggage and get to the gate.
Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your domestic
flight and three hours before your international flight. If you
are flying domestically from a busy international airport you
will want to give yourself some added time.
Curbside check-in may continue to be unavailable. Plan to carry-on
your luggage or check it at the airline desk in the terminal.
Double check your purse and bags before you leave home for items
that might cause a delay at the security checkpoint. For example,
an antique gun, a kitchen knife or purse-sized mace container
are all items you may not consider a threat, but will not be allowed
through the check-point.
Do not leave any luggage or bags unattended at any time. Airport
personnel are very quick to notice unat-tended baggage and will
have them removed immed-iately.
If a stranger asks you to carry-on a package or bag for them or
if a stranger offers you a gift, DO NOT accept.
Ensure your luggage has identification tags inside and out with
As laptop computers are becoming more popular, so are laptop thefts.
A common ruse is for someone to hold up the line at the metal
detector after you have placed your laptop on the x-ray conveyor
belt. While you are still waiting in line, an accomplice will
grab your laptop as it comes through the x-ray machine. To avoid
this, place your laptop and other carry-on items on the conveyor
immediately before it is your turn to walk through the metal detector.
Avoid having gifts wrapped with any kind of paper that contains
aluminum foil. The foil wrapping prevents the x-ray machine from
viewing the contents. As a result, the package must be unwrapped
and the contents examined before it will be allowed through the
Do not park your car in the pick-up and drop-off lanes then run
into the terminal, even for just a minute. Unattended vehicles
will be ticketed and towed
Be patient. The purpose of security is to ensure safe air travel.
All airport, airline and security personnel take security measures
seriously. They will be kind but firm.
Be alert and aware of the people around you and avoid anyone who
looks suspicious. Contact airport security if you have, or anticipate,
You may be required to provide two forms of identification. One
form of ID must have a picture and be issued by a city, state,
federal or military source.
Leave photocopies of your itinerary, passport, airline tickets,
prescriptions (including eyeglass pre-scription), vaccination
certificate, and lists of travelers cheques and credit card numbers
with a co-worker or family member whom you can contact in the
event of loss or theft.
· Guard your passport as if it were cash. Passports are
among the most sought-after items on the black market.
Pickpocketing activity increases sharply around holiday periods
when airports are most crowded and delays are common. You may
want to move wallets to inside or front pockets and keep a firm
grip on handbags.
Avoid being overburdened with carry-on baggage. Besides being
physically exhausting, carrying too much baggage increases your
chances of leaving something behind in waiting areas or restrooms.
Furthermore, a thief is likely to target travelers who might be
distracted by having to corral several carry-on items.
· Before embarking on the trip, familiarize yourself with
local customs and laws.
Plan ahead to make sure you know where you are going. If you rent
a car, ask the car rental company for a road map and directions
for arriving at your destination.
If possible, ensure that your car is equipped with a cellular
phone so that you can call for help. Most car rental companies
will provide a cellular phone for an additional charge
To guard against car-jacking, request rental cars that do not
carry promotional stickers or specialized license plates that
identify cars as rental cars.
Do not accept a room located at the end of a long corridor where
a mugger might hide. Also decline a first floor room which might
provide an intruder easy access from outside.
Locate fire exits as soon as you arrive at a hotel.
Avoid occupying the same room on repeated visits to guard against
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