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Traveling to Sochi for the Winter Olympics? Sign up for Safety Alerts

If you’re a U.S. citizen traveling to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, enroll in http://step.state.gov to receive safety and security announcements from the U.S. Embassy in Russia.

Travel Tools to Help You Avoid Hassles and Stay Safe

If you plan to travel this winter, get tools to help you avoid hassles and stay safe.

Check weather forecasts before starting your journey and, if you will be drinking alcohol at any events, designate a sober driver, take a taxi, or make other arrangements to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Air Travel


Road and Train Travel

If you’re traveling aboard this holiday season, know what you can and can’t bring back as gifts.

How to Renew Your Passport Book or Card

If you’re thinking about planning a trip abroad over the holidays, you and your family will need to have updated passports.

All individuals, regardless of age, must have their own passport to travel internationally.

Renew your passport approximately nine months before it expires. Certain countries require passports to remain valid for up to six months after your trip. Some airlines do not allow you to board if you don’t meet this requirement.

You cannot renew your passport if any of the following are true, but must apply for a new one in person instead:

  • Your current passport was issued before your 16th birthday
  • Your current passport was lost or stolen; report the loss or theft
  • You meet any other condition that requires you to get a passport in person

Renew your U.S. passport:

Contact the National Passport Information Center (NPIC) for assistance and/or information: