Women Travelers

Women travel around the world every year without incident. However, the U.S. Department of State recognizes that they are more likely to be at risk while traveling abroad. You should always enroll in STEP and know the location of the U.S. embassy or consulate for your destination. Review the Country Specific Information for your next destination. You will also find information about visa requirements, crime and security conditions, health and medical considerations, local laws, areas to avoid, and more. Most foreign countries require a valid passport to enter and leave. There are countries that may require a woman to have a male escort to leave a country.

Each country that you visit will have different local laws and customs about women’s clothing and appearance. For example, what you wear in a mall in Mexico might not be acceptable in a mall in the United Arab Emirates. Make sure you know the cultural norms and local laws.

Be cautious when sharing information about your plans and itinerary with strangers. Don’t feel the need to be overly polite if you are bothered by someone. While it may seem rude to be unfriendly to a stranger, creating boundaries to protect yourself is important. Use facial expressions, body language, and a firm voice to fend off any unwanted attention.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of State.