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Department of State. Our highest priority is to protect the lives and serve the interests of U.S. citizens abroad. We also help U.S. citizens travel by issuing millions of U.S. passports each year. We keep our country safe and facilitate lawful travel to U.S. borders by issuing U.S. visas to qualified visitors, workers, and immigrants. We are proud to be the public face of the Department of State,

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If your passport expires in a year or less, submit your renewal application now. Many countries require six months of va...
01/08/2024

If your passport expires in a year or less, submit your renewal application now. Many countries require six months of validity remaining on your passport to enter. Learn more at travel.state.gov/destination and travel.state.gov/renew.

01/05/2024

When the Bureau of Consular Affairs is an answer during Jeopardy's Second Chance Tournament and the contestant gets the question right! 🙌

Traveling internationally in 2024? Check what you can and cannot bring with you to your destination. Some countries have...
01/05/2024

Traveling internationally in 2024? Check what you can and cannot bring with you to your destination. Some countries have strict laws banning certain medications, guns and ammunition, and other items. Check your destination here: travel.state.gov/destination

Your travel plan’s nemesis— an expired passport. Defeat it with a timely renewal.  travel.state.gov/renew
01/04/2024

Your travel plan’s nemesis— an expired passport. Defeat it with a timely renewal. travel.state.gov/renew

The Travel Advisories for the following countries are Level 4 - Do Not Travel:â›”Afghanistanâ›”Belarusâ›”Burkina Fasoâ›”Burmaâ›”Ce...
01/03/2024

The Travel Advisories for the following countries are Level 4 - Do Not Travel:
â›”Afghanistan
â›”Belarus
â›”Burkina Faso
â›”Burma
â›”Central African Republic
â›”Haiti
â›”Iran
â›”Iraq
â›”Lebanon
â›”Libya
â›”Mali
â›”Niger
â›”North Korea
â›”Russia
â›”Somalia
â›”South Sudan
â›”Sudan
â›”Syria
â›”Ukraine
â›”Venezuela
â›”Yemen
Read the full Advisories at travel.state.gov/traveladvisories

Your journey of a thousand miles begins with a valid passport. Don't be THAT traveler—check the expiration date before y...
01/02/2024

Your journey of a thousand miles begins with a valid passport. Don't be THAT traveler—check the expiration date before you book travel.

Luxembourg: Risk of major flooding. On Jan. 2 and 3, water levels on the Alzette River, its tributaries, and the Sûre Ri...
01/02/2024

Luxembourg: Risk of major flooding. On Jan. 2 and 3, water levels on the Alzette River, its tributaries, and the Sûre River, potentially impacting Diekirch and Bollendorf, are expected to rise rapidly and could exceed flood levels. Monitor local media. https://ow.ly/Q4s050Qn7kk

Guinea: On Dec. 28, 2023, the Department raised the Travel Advisory for Guinea to Level 3 - Reconsider Travel due to fue...
01/02/2024

Guinea: On Dec. 28, 2023, the Department raised the Travel Advisory for Guinea to Level 3 - Reconsider Travel due to fuel shortages impacting local infrastructure, civil unrest, and health, and exercise increased caution due to crime. Read the entire TA: https://ow.ly/w6EL50Qn5Xk

12/31/2023

Happy New Year! Wishing you a 2024 filled with joy, good health, and safe travels.

Passport? âś…   Ticket? âś…  Safety and security information for your overseas destination? âś…   All your international trave...
12/29/2023

Passport? âś…
Ticket? âś…
Safety and security information for your overseas destination? âś…
All your international travel information needs at travel.state.gov/destination

Ukraine: The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv anticipates there may be an increase in Russian drone and missile attacks during the N...
12/29/2023

Ukraine: The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv anticipates there may be an increase in Russian drone and missile attacks during the New Year holiday weekend. Identify shelter locations in advance of any air alert, download a reliable air alert app to your phone, and immediately take shelter if an air alert is announced. More at ua.usembassy.gov/security-alert-u-s-embassy-kyiv-ukraine-dec-29-2023-2/

Passport processing times are the fastest they’ve been since March 2020. Take advantage and apply or renew now so that y...
12/28/2023

Passport processing times are the fastest they’ve been since March 2020. Take advantage and apply or renew now so that you’re ready for international travel in the new year.

Already planning for spring break while on your holiday break? âś‹Research the countries you want to visit in 2024 to lear...
12/27/2023

Already planning for spring break while on your holiday break? âś‹
Research the countries you want to visit in 2024 to learn about the safety and security situation, entry and exit requirements, and much more at travel.state.gov/destination.

That feeling when you renew your passport and the world's doors reopen.
12/26/2023

That feeling when you renew your passport and the world's doors reopen.

12/25/2023

As families and friends gather to celebrate, may it be a joyful and merry Christmas for all.

12/22/2023

More than 40,000 U.S. visas were issued to African students over the past year, a new record. More than 9,700 student visas were issued to Nigerian applicants alone, making it one of the top sending African countries for international students in the US.

Holiday travel tips to make sure you don’t end up   Tip  #1: Make sure everyone in your travel group has a valid passpor...
12/22/2023

Holiday travel tips to make sure you don’t end up
Tip #1: Make sure everyone in your travel group has a valid passport.
Tip #2: Keep passports in a safe spot to prevent damage or loss.
Tip #3: If your youngest son Kevin spills milk on the passports the night before the whole family flies to Paris, make sure you don’t throw out his passport and ticket when cleaning up!

Denmark: The Danish Meteorological Service has issued severe weather warnings for high winds (gusts reaching 80 miles pe...
12/21/2023

Denmark: The Danish Meteorological Service has issued severe weather warnings for high winds (gusts reaching 80 miles per hour) and elevated water levels (up to 9 feet) in coastal areas through December 23. Expect power outages and travel delays. Monitor local media. https://ow.ly/FK8W50Ql2f8

Leave the dark days behind and brighten your new year with a renewed passport. Travel.state.gov/renew
12/21/2023

Leave the dark days behind and brighten your new year with a renewed passport. Travel.state.gov/renew

As you head to sunshine and sand this holiday, follow the nearest U.S. embassy on social media. Unwind and relax, knowin...
12/20/2023

As you head to sunshine and sand this holiday, follow the nearest U.S. embassy on social media. Unwind and relax, knowing we are here to help in an emergency. https://www.usembassy.gov/

Have any holiday travel questions? We're joining our friends at Transportation Security Administration - TSA on Instagra...
12/19/2023

Have any holiday travel questions? We're joining our friends at Transportation Security Administration - TSA on Instagram today to get you answers! Follow and on Instagram for today's Ask us Anything, holiday travel edition, at 12pm ET.

You follow us here, but are you following us on Instagram as well? If so, you’re in luck! Today, we’ll be joined by our BFFs to answer your questions. Anything you want to know if you’re heading out of town on this busy travel week? Go ahead and Ask Us Anything -- starting today around Noon (ET) on Instagram.

Reindeer? Please, you've got a valid passport. Renew for real flights! travel.state.gov/renew
12/19/2023

Reindeer? Please, you've got a valid passport.
Renew for real flights!
travel.state.gov/renew

The Icelandic Meteorological Office and news media reported a volcanic eruption north of SundhnĂşkur. Civil Protection is...
12/19/2023

The Icelandic Meteorological Office and news media reported a volcanic eruption north of SundhnĂşkur. Civil Protection is asking the public not to go to the site.

U.S. citizens are advised to monitor local news and government websites and follow Civil Protection instructions. https://ow.ly/zVEa50QjZV7

When faced with unprecedented passport demand in 2023, we set a goal to get back to pre-pandemic processing times before...
12/18/2023

When faced with unprecedented passport demand in 2023, we set a goal to get back to pre-pandemic processing times before the end of the year. We're happy to report that we've met that goal. Passport processing times are now 6-8 weeks for routine processing & 2-3 weeks for expedited service, the fastest they’ve been since March 2020. Take advantage and apply or renew now so that you’re ready for international travel in the new year! More at https://ow.ly/LVLx50QjHGQ

Don’t let your suitcase wait any longer. Check your passport expiration date. Renew quickly and easily with us.
12/15/2023

Don’t let your suitcase wait any longer. Check your passport expiration date. Renew quickly and easily with us.

Card? Book? Know the difference? The U.S. passport book is the only document approved for international AIR travel. The ...
12/14/2023

Card? Book? Know the difference? The U.S. passport book is the only document approved for international AIR travel. The passport card can be used at U.S. land and sea border crossings and as a Real ID for domestic travel. You can apply for both the book and card on the same passport application. Learn more: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/card.html

Relax. Rest. Unwind. Let the stress fade away. For peace of mind while overseas, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollme...
12/13/2023

Relax. Rest. Unwind. Let the stress fade away. For peace of mind while overseas, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov. You’ll receive email updates regarding safety and security conditions at your destination.

Brazil: Beginning Jan. 10, 2024, the Government of Brazil will reinstate a visa requirement for all U.S. nationals visit...
12/13/2023

Brazil: Beginning Jan. 10, 2024, the Government of Brazil will reinstate a visa requirement for all U.S. nationals visiting Brazil. Learn more about the e-visa option for qualified applicants and visa application procedures at https://brazil.vfsevisa.com/. https://ow.ly/yS3850Qip6r

12/12/2023

The stats for visa processing over the past 12 months are off the charts!

âś… Half of our Missions processed the largest number of visa applications than ever before.

âś… 23 visa categories had more issuances this year than in at least 10 years.

âś… 30 Missions issued the largest number of immigrant visas in fiscal year 2023 than ever before.

When you’re asked to go on an international getaway but your passport's expired...🤦‍️. Renew fast and easy with us. trav...
12/11/2023

When you’re asked to go on an international getaway but your passport's expired...🤦‍️. Renew fast and easy with us. travel.state.gov/renew.

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