Smart Traveler

Bureau of Public Affairs
August 7, 2012

Smart Traveler is available:

The app was first launched in June 2011. It is the official State Department app for U.S. travelers. The app invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.

Information comes from content that is also posted to and Please visit those websites for even more information on international travel, foreign policy, and the work of the U.S. Department of State.

How To Use Smart Traveler

By Country
Select the country or area you’re interested in from the alphabetical list, or start typing a country name.

Once you’ve selected a country,

  • Choose “Know Before You Go” to get travel warnings on that specific country or region, a map, safety & security information, and more.
  • Select "US Relations Fact Sheet" for information on US relations with that country.
  • Select "US Embassies/Consulates" for a complete list of all US embassies & Consulates overseas.

Build an eTinerary

  • Select e-tineraries from the icons at bottom menu
  • Select the Plus sign (+) in upper right to build a new itinerary. Name your itinerary, add any notes, and then select Save.
  • Add destinations by selecting the Plus sign (+); fill in country and arrival and departure dates, then Save.
  • Add other destinations, and Save again.
  • Select Smart Traveler Enrollment from the bottom of the e-tineraries screen to enroll in this free program so that the State Department can better assist you in an emergency.

    Warnings and Alerts

  • Select Warnings or Alerts from the icons at bottom menu to see all recent travel Warnings and Alerts.


  • Select More from the icons at bottom menu to enroll in the Smart Traveler program, to follow on Twitter, or to visit us on Facebook.


  • For a bit of fun, shake your iPhone to learn about a random country.


Q. Will other versions of the Smart Traveler app be available?

A. Smart Traveler is currently compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad (requires iOS 4.0 or later), and Android devices. We hope to make it available for other platforms in the future. In the mean time, our mobile site is compatible with virtually all mobile devices and contains a subset of information available through Smart Traveler. Specifically, Countries and Other Areas is our mobile version of US Relations Fact Sheets. Additional information is available on the Smart Traveler pages of the iTunes store and Android store.

Q. Do you have high-resolution images I can use in my publications about Smart Traveler?

A. Yes!
The small icon seen on the iPhone after you download Smart Traveler is here: Small Smart Traveler icon [1.5MB]
The opening screen for the Smart Traveler app is here: Smart Traveler opening screen [800KB]