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State Department web page, app offer advice to LGBT travelers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. State Department has updated its website to include “LGBT Travel Information” helpful to travelers who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The page provides important information to LGBT travelers about attitudes and tolerance in the countries they are planning to visit. For example, it is illegal to be gay in 76 countries, so LGBT travelers should be aware of local customs and laws.

The web page answers common questions, such as “What documents should LGBT individuals or families carry when traveling abroad?” and “How can I find HIV entry requirements of foreign countries?”

The State Department has also created a Smart Traveler app.

Other helpful links

State Department LGBT Fact Sheet

White House LGBT Fact Sheet

International Lesbian and Gay Association - Provides information on gay rights around the world, and contains a map which highlights potentially dangerous regions and countries

Tips for Traveling Abroad – Extensive information on the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website