Summary: Following is the Department of State's message to U.S. students, providing important safety information they
need to know when traveling abroad.
As the time approaches for spring or summer break, many college students are getting ready for a much
anticipated trip abroad. The following information is geared to help students plan a safe and enjoyable
First, a note about passports: effective in January 2007, all persons - including U.S. citizens - traveling by air
from Canada , Mexico , the
Caribbean , and Bermuda , will be
required to have a passport to enter the United States. This is true even if the foreign country visited does not
require a passport for entry. Students who may have previously traveled outside the United States without a
passport may not know about this new requirement. Since it can take several weeks to obtain a passport,
students are urged to apply now. Information about how to obtain a U.S. passport, and about traveling
abroad, is available on the Department of State's website at http://travel.state.gov .
Although this new requirement applies only to air travel at this time, we encourage all Americans traveling
abroad to have a passport.
It is also important for travelers to note that the Cricket World Cup will take place at various venues in the
Caribbean from March 11, 2007 through April 28, 2007. Accommodations in many instances may be scarce
or unavailable. We recommend that travelers exercise heightened security awareness as any large-scale
public gathering could be the focus of terrorist acts or other forms of violence.
Travel safety is a major concern. Although most students will have a safe and enjoyable adventure , for some