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Public Safety

Traveling Abroad

On T he Streets

• Carry yourself with confidence, even when you are lost. Walk as though you know where you are going. If you need directions, do not ask a stranger; rather, ask staff at the airport, hotel or restaurant.

• When carrying your passport and important documents, keep them in a concealed money belt or neck pouch. Carry some form of identification with you at all times.

In Your Hotel

• Keep your hotel doors locked at all times.

• Do not leave money and other valuables in your room while you are out. Use a hotel safe.

• Do not get on an elevator if there is a suspicious person inside.

• Leave the "do not disturb" sign hanging on the outside of your door; never use the "Please make up room" sign. It advertises your room is vacant.

On Public Transportation

• Wait for trains/subways at a well populated area, not alone on the arrival platform.

• Only take taxis clearly identified with official markings. Beware of unmarked cabs.

• Try to sit as close to the bus driver as possible. Don't be afraid to alert the authorities if you feel threatened in any way.

In Your Car

• Keep your car doors locked at all times, especially when driving in a city.

• Avoid driving at night in unfamiliar areas.

• Never pick up hitchhikers.

Emergency Contact Information

• Leave your itinerary and contact information with friends or relatives.

Legal Considerations

• When you leave the United States, you are subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. Therefore, before you go, learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the country. Good resources are your library, travel agent, embassies and consulates of the country you will visit.

• The U.S. State Department provides information on every country in the world. During dangerous situations, they will issue a "travel warning" for the country. This information is available at all of the passport agencies in the United Sates, including Boston. You may also wish to visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site at

• If you plan to carry a prescription drug, check the legality of those drugs in the country you will visit.

Female Travelers

• Guidelines for women travelers vary greatly because of cultural norms and religious code. It is critical to find out what is not deemed appropriate behavior.

• Use caution when traveling at night. Do not go out alone when possible and avoid unpopulated areas.

Important Numbers When Traveling Abroad

• U.S. Passport Agency, Boston Division
(617) 565-6990

• Travel Warnings (24 hours)
(202) 647-5225

• U.S. State Department (24-hour information)
(202) 647-4000

• U.S. State Department Citizen Emergency Center
(202) 647-0900

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