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FAQ: Air Traveler's Handbook 3/4 [Monthly posting]
Section - [3-1] Travel Advisories/Health Information

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Travel advisories are issued by the US State Department, and include
Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets for every country.
These contain basic information every US citizen should know before
traveling to a foreign country.

Travel Warnings contain advisories about recent dangerous
circumstances affecting travelers to particular countries, such as
political and social unrest.

Consular information sheets list the location of the US embassy or
consulate. They also include unusual immigration practices, health
conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry
regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties.

For more information or personal help, call 
   Citizens Emergency Center:  202-647-5225
   Citizens Consular Services: 202-647-3444
   Passport Services:          202-647-0518
   Visa Services:              202-663-1225
   US State Department:        202-647-4000/5225
They can help with citizenship matters, property and legal problems,
questions of how to pay taxes and vote, and provide advice on similar
issues while you are abroad. The State Department desk officers for
particular countries will sometimes be more candid than the published
travel warnings. 

Advisories and related files may also be obtained by anonymous ftp
from 
   ftp.stolaf.edu:/pub/travel-advisories/advisories
or retrieved by ftpbymail@stolaf.edu. You can also get updates by mail
by joining the travel-advisories list. To subscribe, send an email
message to travel-advisories-request@stolaf.edu with
   subscribe
in the message body. [This service is provided by Craig D. Rice
<cdr@stolaf.edu>, fax 507-646-3549.]

You can also call the US Department of Transportation's Free Travel
Advisory number at 800-221-0673.

For international health information (vaccines, etc.), call the 
Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, at 404-332-4559. They
also have a fax-back service at 404-639-3311.

You should also read a tour book on your destination, to familiarize
yourself with any notable local laws, currency regulations, and other
restrictions. Activities you may take for granted at home (e.g.,
littering and spitting) may be illegal in the country you're visiting.

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