The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Aviation Consumer Protection reviews and responds to consumer complaints and promotes awareness and understanding of consumer rights by providing guidance, online consumer information on DOT rules, and enforcement orders related to aviation matters. Be prepared by knowing your "Fly Rights."
An e-visa (online visa) is an official document issued electronically by a foreign country permitting you to enter that country. The most significant advantage of an e-visa is that the document is issued much faster when compared to a paper-based permit. Many countries have adopted e-visas to make international travel easier without risking security clearances. Electronic visas and travel authorizations began in the early 2000s, and now most countries provide a form of e-visa.
The Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts and other important details specific to that country that could affect you. Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions and other details to decide whether traveling to that country is right for you. You will also find the address and phone number of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Take those with you in case of an emergency.
Find quick and direct answers to your questions about U.S. passports, completing an application and other travel information. Learn about the steps for how to apply for or renew your U.S. passport. Obtain information regarding legal matters related to obtaining a U.S. passport.
Sherpa is an online tool designed to help you quickly access and understand current country-specific entry requirements and obtain the right travel documentation. Sherpa uses sources such as government organizations and other official bodies. It is an independent resource, not sponsored by, affiliated with or funded by any government agency.
Skytrax is the international air transport rating organization dedicated to improving the quality of the customer experience with airlines and airports around the world. The World Airline Awards and The World Airport Awards from Skytrax are coveted quality accolades for the airport industry and a global benchmark of airline and airport excellence.
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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The Transportation Security Administration develops policies to protect passengers and implements security measures aimed at minimizing terrorist threats. The TSA manages security policies for railroads, buses, pipelines, ports, mass transit systems and highways. Be prepared for your next flight. Learn about the checkpoint security screening process and policies.
As the United States' first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity. Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the U.S. In screening both visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong. Descriptions of CBP processes and programs are available for first-time and frequent travelers.
The diplomatic services in your host countries are key resources of information and assistance. In most cases, contact will be with a consulate rather than an embassy.
A consulate’s primary function is to provide services for resident or traveling nationals from its home country. Some of the services include replacing lost/stolen passports; providing aid in obtaining medical and legal assistance; notarizing documents; making arrangements in the event of death; providing information on dealing with host country authorities; and arranging for evacuation or other assistance in emergency situations.
Consulates cannot get a national who has violated host country laws out of jail, but they will press local authorities to ensure fair treatment and access to legal representation. International agreements in effect in most countries require that foreigners who are arrested be allowed to contact their consular officer.
Traveling abroad doesn’t have to be confusing if you know the right things before you go. We provide information and a link to background and requirements for Americans traveling abroad, along with an alphabetical listing of countries to view specific entry requirements. In addition, information on passports, visas, immunizations, medical information, additional fees and conditions abroad that may affect your safety and security is included for your review.