Foreign Travel Tips

Traveling abroad can be a wonderful experience, but it's even better when you're prepared for unfamiliar language, legal system, local customs and ways.

International Travel, Passports, Visas, Embassy, travel warnings

Depending on the country you plan to visit, you will need a passport and perhaps a visa or tourist card.

To obtain a passport application, contact the nearest Passport Agency, one of the many federal or state courts, or a U.S. Post Office that accepts passport applications. Visas are available from the embassy or consulate of the country you will be visiting.

It's best to be prepared, cautious and to avoid any potential hot spots. Stay alert to conditions and check newspapers regularly to stay on top of any major worldwide threats or events.

  • Current Travel Warnings
    Alerts and Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid a certain country. The countries listed below are currently on that list. In addition to this list, the State Department issues Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world with information on such matters as the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country.

  • Traveler’s Checklist
    A trip requires careful planning. Here are some important steps to take before traveling outside the United States. Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency : Register your travel plans with the State Department through a free online service at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) This will help the state department contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling.

    Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.

    Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.

    Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

  • CDC Website Travelers' Health
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides Health information for specific destinations, Vaccinations, Diseases, Mosquito and Tick Protection, Safe Food and Water, Illness and Injury Abroad, Avian Influenza, Official U.S. government website for pandemic influenza, Frequently Asked Questions about Travelers' Health,...

Vaccination Certificate

Certain countries may require an "International Certificate of Vaccinations" against cholera, yellow fever and other infectious diseases before you are allowed to enter. Specific information on entry requirements can be obtained from your physician or the embassy of the country you will be visiting.

More inforamtion and advice are available at CDC Website.

Each country has their own traditions, religions and laws to abide.


  • Make several copies of your passport, credit cards, travellers checks itinerary, airline tickets and other travel documents. Leave one copy with a relative or friend back home and carry one copy with you. It makes it much easier to replace if lost or stolen and to be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Carry a list of toll free phone numbers for all of your credit and bank cards in case you have to cancel them.
  • Learn a little bit of the language of the place(s) you are visiting, or at least some courtesy phrases. You will be amazed at how far you can get when at least attempting to speak the local language. This works in remote towns and villages as well as at the tourist socked places.
  • On trips out of the country, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers and bring a copy of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs.
  • If you will be driving abroad, ask your insurer about a special proof of insurance card to take along.
  • If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.


  • Don't ever insult a foreign culture or country or brag about how your way of life is superior to others.
  • Don't tip unreasonably and unnecessarily in a foreign country. The news soon spreads around and you will find a group of people saluting you to expect something.
  • To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.
  • In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.

International Hotels

French Hotels
Cannes Hotels
Marseille Hotels
Paris Hotels

German Hotels
Berlin Hotels
Bonn Hotels
Cologne Hotels
Frankfurt Hotels
Hamburg Hotels
Munich Hotels

Spain Hotels
Barcelona Hotels
Granada Hotels
Balearic Islands Hotels
Canary Islands Hotels
Madrid Hotels

Greek Hotels Greece
Athens Hotels
Delphi Hotels
Olympia Hotels
Irish Hotels Ireland
Cork Hotels
Dublin Hotels
Limerick Hotels

Austria Hotels
Salzburg Hotels
Vienna Hotels

Belgium Hotels
Brussels Hotels

Antigua & Barbuda
Antiqua St Johns Hotels
Long Bay Hotels
Italian Hotels
Florence Hotels
Milan Hotels
Naples Hotels
Rome Hotels
Venice Hotels

Aruba Hotels
Aruba Hotels

Bahamas Hotels
GeorgeTown Hotels

Barbados Hotels
Bridgetown Hotels
Mexico Hotels
Cancun Hotels
Mexico City Hotels

Bermuda Hotels
Bermuda Hotels
Southampton Hotels

Indian Hotels India
Bangalore Hotels
Chennai Hotels
Cochin Hotels
Delhi Hotels
Goa Hotels
Mumbai Hotels

Diseases Around the Globe
Information for travelers about specific diseases which can affect them while traveling. Note: For travel recommendations by specific regions

African Tick-Bite Fever
African Trypanosomiasis (African Sleeping Sickness)
Avian Flu (Bird Flu)
Chagas Disease (American Trypanosomiasis)
Chikungunya, Cholera, Dengue, Diphtheria
Ebola, Flu (Influenza), HIV

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis E
Japanese Encephalitis, Leptospirosis, Malaria, Measles
Meningococcal Disease (Neisseria meningitidis)
Murray Valley Encephalitis virus
Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Plague
Pneumococcal Disease (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
Polio, Rabies, Rift Valley Fever
Ross River virus disease
Routine Vaccines, Rubella, Scabies
Schistosomiasis, Tetanus
Tick-borne Encephalitis
Tuberculosis (TB), Typhoid Fever, West Nile virus
Yellow Fever, Zika (South America)

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