President's Foreign Trips


President George W. Bush shakes hands with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at their meeting on May 17, 2008 in Sharm el-Shiek, Egypt.

During his administration, President George W. Bush made 48 international trips to 73 countries (in addition to visiting the West Bank), visiting every continent except Antarctica. President Bush traveled to Russia seven times, making it his most visited country while in office. President Bush also made several trips each to crucial allies such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Iraq. 

In 2003, President Bush made history, becoming the first American President to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom. During the trip, President and Mrs. Bush dined with Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. President Bush met with Prime Minister Tony Blair and other British political leaders to discuss ways forward in the war against terror.

President Bush followed up one historic trip with another, becoming the first American president to visit Iraq, when he surprised American troops in Baghdad on Thanksgiving in 2003. In addition to breaking bread with US servicemen and women, the President also helped serve dinner. 

During these international visits, President Bush met with dozens of world leaders and advanced causes important to him, notably the War on Terror, the fight against AIDS in Africa, the importance of democracy, and strengthening relations with the United States’ allies.

Multicolored glass vase and stopper with the coat of arms of the United Arab Emirates; held in blue box. Gifted by Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, during President George W. Bush's trip to UAE in January 2008. (FO.632157.2.a-b)

Digitized Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

In Focus

President's Trip to Europe and Russia, May 23-28, 2002

President's Visit to the United Kingdom, November 18-21, 2003

President's Visit to Chile and APEC Summit, November 19-21, 2004

President's Visit to Europe, February 21-25, 2005

President's Visit to Europe and Russia, May 6-10, 2005

President's Visit to Denmark and G8 Summit, July 5-8, 2005

President's Visit to Latin America and Summit of the Americas, November 3-7, 2005

President's Trip to Germany and Russia and G8 Summit, July 12-16, 2006

President's Trip to Southeast Asia, November 14-21, 2006

President's Visit to Latin America, March 8-14, 2007

President's Trip to Europe and G8 Summit in Germany, June 6-8, 2007

President's Middle East Trip, January 8-16, 2008

President's Trip to Africa, February 15-21, 2008

President's Middle East Trip, May 13-18, 2008

President's Trip to Europe, June 9-16, 2008

President's Trip to Asia, August 4-11, 2008

For more "In Focus" information about the President's Foreign Trips, visit the archived White House website.


Spending Thanksgiving with some of the troops serving in Iraq, President George W. Bush greets his fellow diners in the Bob Hope Dining Facility in Baghdad on November 27, 2003. "Every day you see firsthand the commitment to sacrifice that the Iraqi people are making to secure their own freedom. I have a message for the Iraqi people: you have an opportunity to seize the moment and rebuild your great country, based on human dignity and freedom," said the President in his remarks to the troops.

Archival Research Guide

For a more complete guide of the archival records that are open for research, please download the Archival Research Guide:

Material at the George W. Bush Presidential Library Pertaining to President George W. Bush's Foreign Trips

Photo Essays

President's Visit to Asia, February 16-22, 2002

President's Visit to Latin America, March 21-24, 2002

President's Trip to Europe and Russia, November 19-23, 2002

President's Visit to Ireland, April 7-8, 2003

President's Visit to Europe and the Middle East, May 31-June 5, 2003

President's Visit to Africa, July 8-12, 2003

President's Visit to Asia and Australia, October 18-22, 2003

President's Visit to Canada, November 30-December 1, 2004

President's Visit to The Vatican, April 6-8, 2005

President's Visit to Austria and Hungary, June 21-22, 2006

For more "Photo Essays" of the President's Foreign Trips, visit the archived White House website.

Other Resources

George W. Bush, Travels of the President, Department of State

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