The U.S. State Department provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world. For each country, you will find information like the location of the U.S. embassy and any consular offices; whether you need a visa; crime and security information; health and medical conditions; drug penalties; and localized hot spots. This is a good place to start learning about where you are going. The State Department issues Travel Alerts for short-term events they think you should know about when planning travel to a country. And the State Department issues a Travel Warning which you should consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all.