Fri. Jul 12th, 2024
Spring Break Travel Tips for U.S. Citizens Heading Abroad

International travel is an opportunity for education, relaxation, and immersion in foreign cultures.  As spring break approaches, the Department of State recommends U.S. citizens planning international itineraries take advantage of our resources for a safe and enjoyable trip.  Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical paradise or exploring historic landmarks overseas, it is important to be aware of local laws, health considerations, and emergency resources.

To help the U.S. traveling public, we offer some essential travel tips before heading abroad:

  • Research Your Destination: Before departure, familiarize yourself with the laws and customs of your destination.  Visit to review our country information pages for your destination.  Laws and customs vary from country to country.  For example, some foreign countries’ laws have harsh penalties for possessing certain substances such as cannabis, bringing ammunition into the country, even by accident, or posting certain content on social media.  Even unintentional violations can lead to serious legal consequences.
  • Save the local U.S. Embassy’s Contact Information: Write down the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate’s contact details by visiting and always keep it with you.  This information can be invaluable in emergency situations.  Take pictures of your passport and other important documents and store them online or send them to relatives for safe keeping.
  • Understand Your Health Insurance Coverage: Understand which medical services your health insurance will cover while abroad.  Consider purchasing traveler’s insurance to ensure coverage for unexpected medical expenses, including medical evacuation, which can cost upwards of $100,000 depending on location and condition.  Medicare/Medicaid do not cover you outside the United States.
  • Check your U.S. Passport: Review your U.S. passport and renew early if necessary.  Many countries require at least six months of passport validity to enter their country.  Visit to plan your travel with the latest passport guidance and processing tips in mind.
  • Enroll in STEP: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at to receive important safety and security updates, and to make it easier for the U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.
  • Stay Connected: Follow @TravelGov on social media for real-time updates, travel advisories, and helpful tips.  Let your family and friends know your travel plans and stay in touch with them throughout your journey.

We want all U.S. citizens to have a safe and enjoyable spring break experience abroad. By following these travel tips and staying informed, travelers can minimize risks.

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