Additional Resources for U.S. Citizens

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

It is strongly recommended that U.S. citizens check the Country Specific Information for each country they plan to visit prior to departing the U.S. and continue to check for updates to the information while they travel.

Country Specific Information: Country Specific Information sheets are issued by the State Department for every country with general information for U.S. citizens travelling to or living in foreign countries. These sheets contain information on health conditions, crime, entry requirements, areas of instability and the contact information for the U.S. embassy and/or consulate(s) in the specific country.

For current information on traveling abroad, go to and see the following links to U.S. State Department web sites.

Beginning June 1, 2015, South Africa will enforce new requirements for children under age 18 who are entering, transiting, or departing South Africa.  All children must travel with a birth certificate that shows the names of the child and the child’s parents.  Children who are traveling with only one parent, or who are traveling unaccompanied by either parent, must travel with an affidavit of consent executed by the non-traveling parent(s).

The affidavit must be executed before a notary public or other individual authorized to administer oaths.  The South African authorities have not prescribed a form for the affidavit, but here is a SAMPLE (PDF 222 KB) affidavit that when fully completed and properly executed should meet the requirements of the South African regulations.  For more detailed information about South Africa’s entry and exit requirements, please see the country-specific information for South Africa on

South African law requires that you have at least (2) two blank visa pages in your passport to enter the country. You will not be permitted to enter South Africa and will be forced to leave on the next available flight if you do not have two blank visa pages in your passport.

Travel Warnings: Travel Warnings are issued when the State Department recommends that Americans avoid travel to a certain country.  Countries where avoiding travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Country Specific Information. You may also want to review Background Notes for a specific country.

Travel Alerts: Travel Alerts contain information about relatively short-term and/or trans-national conditions such as terrorist threats which pose significant risks to the security of American travelers.  Travel Alerts are issued when there is a specific threat that cannot be countered.  In the past, Travel Alerts have been issued to deal with short-term coups, civil or military violence, terrorist activity and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.