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Iowa Travel Guide

Iowa — Visas and Vaccinations

There are no direct international flights into Iowa, so foreign travelers will already have landed elsewhere in the United States when they enter Iowa. Most foreign nationals are required to have a travel visa of some kind to enter America, and it needs to be arranged before arrival. Check with your local US embassy for the exact visa requirements for your travel purpose or look online at the US government’s immigration website.

Health and Safety

The only real health concern while traveling to Iowa is the cold winter. From November through February the temperatures drop to freezing most days and harsh snow and ice storms can roll through the state with short notice. This is particularly an issue for drivers who are not accustomed to icy and snowy road conditions. When traveling in these months be sure to check road conditions before heading out by calling 511.

The crime level in Iowa is one of the lowest in the United States. It is very unlikely that you will be the victim of anything violent or otherwise during your visit. Inhabitants of small rural towns rarely even lock their doors at night, but in the capital Des Moines you would be advised to lock your car and avoid leaving any valuables in plain sight while sightseeing. Petty theft is the most likely trouble you will encounter here.

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