For Women Travelers

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should research safety and local customs, but women should be especially attentive in order to stay safe.

Traveling through foreign lands gives you a unique opportunity to observe a rich tapestry of cultures and customs.  As a U.S. citizen, you may already stand out.  It is recommended that you use discretion when traveling and be aware of your surroundings.  If you are a woman in a foreign country, you should be attentive to local laws and customs, which can be quite different from the United States.  It is important to understand the social culture and norms for behavior and dress of the country you are visiting.  Current guide books can provide useful information specifically for women travelers.

Review the Country Specific Information for the country you are visiting to learn more about their culture, customs, and laws.  The Country Specific Information page will also provide you with the phone number and address of the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate if you need assistance.  Please carry this information with you so that you can easily access it should you do find yourself in a difficult situation.  Do not hesitate to contact your local embassy/consulate.  The U.S. Embassy/Consulate has consular officers available 24/7 to assist U.S. citizens who have emergencies or who are victims of a crime.  Remember to be alert, avoid potentially unsafe areas, and look out for yourself and your friends. 

Enroll in the STEP program so that you can get the latest information on security information in the country.