Globalization has made overseas travel be it for business, academia, charity, personal, or
mission work quite common. International travelers are exposed to many new experi-
ences and phenomena and among these, certain risks. This guide offers international trav-
elers information, tactics, techniques, and procedures to mitigate risks inherent to interna-
OSAC acknowledges that every destination is unique and that no one resource can address
all eventualities. Therefore, we have developed this reference in coordination with our con-
stituents to inform the private sector of best practices for personnel safety abroad. The risks
of international travel are no longer just tied to local or transnational crime. It is our hope
that the enclosed recommendations will both encourage individuals to seek overseas oppor-
tunities and provide greater comfort and confidence for those traveling internationally.
Know Before You Go
Register with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
Review the U.S. State Department's country specific information and OSAC's country
crime and safety reports.
Do your homework. Visit country-specific websites for important information on your