Health/Safety Resources

U.S. State Department Web Sites

  • Consular Information Sheets
    Consular 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 conditions, 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." 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.
  • Background Notes
    Background Notesare factual publications that include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty.
  • Current Travel Warnings
    Travel 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.
  • Current Public Announcements
    Public 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 (PAs) are made when there is a specific threat that cannot be countered. In the past, Public Announcements have been issued to deal with short-term coups, violence by terrorists and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.
  • Safety Issues
    Contains helpful precautions to minimize the chance of becoming a victim of terrorism and also provides other safety tips for Americans traveling overseas.
  • Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad
    If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web Sites

  • Travelers' Health
    Travelers' Health home page with travel health announcements, warnings, and news.
  • Illness and Injury Abroad
    Before going abroad, you should become familiar with what steps to take and who to contact in case of a medical emergency while you are traveling. The information on this web site will assist you.
  • Destinations
    Information on how to stay healthy while visiting a specific country. Information is available for most countries of the world.

Other Web Sites

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel
    ASIRT is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that promotes road travel safety through education and advocacy. ASIRT provides travelers with road safety information, enabling them to make informed travel choices.
  • The World at Your Fingertips
    The World at Your Fingertips is an online handbook designed to provide you with essential information to help you prepare for your experience abroad.
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