Here are a few items to consider when traveling outside the United States. Stay informed! Information is always being updated. For the latest information please go to: travel.state.gov
Passport and Travel Tips
Your passport is your ticket for international travel by air, sea and land.
- If you are 16 or older your passport is valid for 10 years
- If you are under the age of 16 it is valid for 5 years
Some countries can deny you access if your passport book will expire in less than 6 months. For specific country requirements refer to the country-specific information pages on the government website, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html.
Protecting Your Passport
Store in a safe location while at home and travelling. If lost or stolen, report it immediately. You can report it in one of 3 ways.
- Toll free at 1-877-487-2778 (TTY 1-888-874-7793)
- Complete, sign and mail form DS-64 to the address on the form. Locate form DS-64 on https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
- Report it on line at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
Passports reported as lost or stolen can no longer be used for travel.
Additional Tips for Travel
- Carry photocopies of your passport biographical page and foreign visa with you at all times.
- Once you receive a NEW passport your OLD passport is no longer valid, except under the following condition:
- If you have a valid Visa linked to an old passport you must still travel with both your old and new passport!
- Make sure your health insurance covers you while travelling outside the US, otherwise it is advisable to purchase additional travel insurance for your protection.
- Keep U.S. Embassy contact information with you while you travel. If there is ever an emergency, the U.S. Department of State may be able to assist you.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Register your contact and travel itinerary with STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
By enrolling with STEP, during an emergency, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world can contact you directly during an emergency — including situations where family or friends in the United States are having problems trying to contact you!
Know Before You Go
An informed traveler is a safer traveler. Travel information is provided on every country in the world plus travel trips and resources, along with posting Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings.
|Inside the U.S.||Outside the U.S.|
|General Passport Information||877-487-2778||Nearest Embassy / Consulate (usembassy.gov)|
|Reporting a Lost/Stolen Passport||877-487-2778||Nearest Embassy / Consulate (usembassy.gov)|
|Emergency Travel Assistance||888-407-4747||Nearest Embassy / Consulate (usembassy.gov)|
|International Parental Child Abduction||888-407-4747||+1-202-501-4444|
Find them online
You can find the U.S. Department of State — Bureau of Consular Affairs online at: