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This listing is for U.S.
citizens traveling on tourism/business and does not apply to persons
planning to emigrate to foreign countries. Persons traveling on official
business for the U.S. Government should obtain visa information from the agency
sponsoring their travel. For purposes of this publication, a visa is an
endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S.
passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Note:
Wherever you see the words "photo(s) required" in this publication, it
generally means that you will need to submit passport-size (2" x 2")
IMPORTANT: THIS LISTING IS
PREPARED FROM INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM FOREIGN EMBASSIES PRIOR TO MAY
2002. THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WITH
THE CONSULAR OFFICIALS OF THE COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED WELL IN ADVANCE.
U.S. citizens who travel to a country where a valid passport is not required
will need documentary evidence of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Proof of
U.S. citizenship includes an expired U.S. passport, a certified (original)
birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship,
or Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States. To prove identity,
a valid driver's license or government identification card are acceptable
provided they identify you by physical description or photograph. However, for
travel overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., a valid U.S. passport
is the best documentation available and unquestionably proves your U.S.
Before you send your passport
through the mail to apply for a visa, sign it in ink, and write in pencil your
current address and daytime telephone number in the space provided. This will
help the U.S. Postal Service return it to you should it become separated from
the envelope during processing.
Some countries require that
your U.S. passport be valid at least six months or longer beyond the
dates of your trip. If your passport expires before the required validity, you
will have to apply for a new one. Please check with the embassy or nearest
consulate of the country that you plan to visit for their requirements.
Some Middle Eastern or African
countries will not issue visas or allow entry if your passport indicates travel
to Israel. Consult the National
Passport Information Center 1-900-225-5674 or TDD: 1-900-225-7778 (fee of
$0.55 per minute; operator assisted calls are $1.50 per minute), or
1-888-362-8668 or TDD: 1-888-498-3648 (flat fee of $5.50 for people using a
major credit card) for guidance if this applies to you.
VISAS: If a
visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular
representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing
your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign
consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many
instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office
in the area of his/her residence. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER
TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPRIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST
CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive
your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made.
Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable,
consult the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit for specific
IMMUNIZATIONS: Under the International
Health Regulations adopted by the World
Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of
Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if you are traveling from an area
of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Check with health care
providers or your records to ensure other immunizations (e.g. tetanus and
polio) are up-to-date. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other
preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. No
immunizations are required to return to the United States. Detailed health
information may be obtained from your local health department or physician or
by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, telephone 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747), toll-free autofax:
1-888-CDC-FAXX (1-888-232-3299), or Internet: www.cdc.gov.
TESTING: An increasing number of countries have established
regulations regarding AIDS testing, particularly for long-term visitors.
Although many are listed here, check with the embassy or consulate of the
country that you plan to visit to verify if this is a requirement for entry.
FEES: All international flights are subject to U.S. Immigration
and U.S. Customs fees paid in advance as part of your ticket. In addition, many
countries have departure fees that are sometimes collected at the time
of ticket purchase or upon exiting the foreign country.