This is a list of trips made by John McCain during his term of office as President of the United States. This list excludes trips made within the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as trips to Camp David, the country residence of the President of the United States, or to the home of the McCain family in Phoenix, Arizona. The official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States is the White House, in Washington, D.C.
President McCain has already visited more countries during his office than any other president. As of May 2010, McCain has visited a total of 28 countries on 4 continents. So far has he frequently visited countries such as France, Germany and Mexico. He has also frequently visited U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
McCain made his fifth trip to Europe in October to to attend the Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This makes him the first president in history to go to Europe five times in his first nine months in office. He has shown a pattern of combining a trip to Europe with another destination in the Middle East or Africa. The president flew to Copenhagen in order to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009. In April 2010, he went against recommendations and flew to Europe in order to attend the funeral of late President Lech Kaczyński in Kraków, who died in a plane crash outside of Smolensk, Russia on April 10, 2010
He is also the first U.S. official to visit Libya, marking the normalized relations between the United States and Libya.
|Brazil||Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro||March 19–21||President McCain arrived in Brasilea on March 19. He met with Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff for the first time at the Palácio do Planalto. McCain aimed to bolster the trade relationship between the United States and Brazil. On March 20, he traveled to Rio de Janeiro and spoke to a crowd at the Theatro Municipal. He visited the favela Cidade de Deus, one of Rio de Janeiro's most impoverished and famous neighborhoods.|
|Chile||Santiago||March 21–22||McCain met with Chile's president Sebastián Piñera at La Moneda Palace to discuss strengthening trade relations. Later, McCain spoke about how the democracies of Latin America could be a guide for the democracies developing in the Middle East in a speech at an art museum in the capital city.|
|Colombia||Bogotá||March 22–23||President McCain met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The two discussed immigration and drug trafficking.|
|El Salvador||San Salvador||March 24–25||President McCain met with El Salvador's president Mauricio Funes. The two discussed immigration and drug trafficking. Later he visited the San Salvador Cathedral and the tomb of archbishop Óscar Romero.|
|Libya||Benghazi||April 22||McCain arrived in Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital in eastern Libya. He met with members of the Transitional National Council, the rebel government in Benghazi, to assess the situation of the NATO air offensive against Muammar al-Gaddafis regime and to show his support to the rebels. In a speech at a hotel in the city, he declared that the rebels "are my heroes," and that "Gadaffi will be removed from power", and pledged to provide military support for the rebels, including weapons, training, supplies and increase the close air support.|
|Ireland||Dublin||May 23||During his stay in Ireland McCain met Irish President Mary McAleese, and also held talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. McCain also made a speech at College Green in Dublin to reaffirm U.S.-Irish ties.|
|United Kingdom||London||May 23–26||McCain arrived a day ahead of schedule on Monday 23 to avoid any disruption from a volcanic ash cloud in Ireland. During the first official day of his UK state visit Britain President McCain received a ceremonial welcome, including a 41-gun salute, at the Buckingham Palace gardens. McCain toured the palace, met senior royals at Buckingham Palace and later David and Samantha Cameron at Downing Street 10. He also met opposition leader Ed Miliband. McCain also laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and participated in state banquet at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.|
On his second official state visit day McCain hold meetings with Prime Minister Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Clegg and served up food at a barbecue for military families from the U.S. and Britain in the Downing Street garden. Cameron and McCain later held a joint press conference at Lancaster House. McCain gave a speech at Westminster Hall to the UK Parliament and later hosted a banquet for the Queen, Prince Philip and a select group of other guests at the US ambassador's residence, Winfield House, in London. McCain departed London on May 26 en route to the G8 Summit in Deauville, France.
|France||Deauville||May 26–27||McCain attended the 37th G8 summit in Deauville where he had bilateral talks with the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, the Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, and the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.|
|Afghanistan||Bagram, Kabul||July 4||John McCain and his wife Cindy made a surprise visit to Afghanistan, flying on Air Force One to Bagram Air Base, and then flew on by helicopter to the Presidential Palace in Kabul to meet with President Hamid Karzai to discuss the ongoing War in Afghanistan. McCain would also meet with the commander of ISAF and the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus. During his visit, McCain also celebrated America's Independence Day with U.S. troops at Bagram Air Base, and a visit of U.S. troops in Kandahar Province.|
|Iraq||Baghdad||July 5||McCain and his wife Cindy would continue their Independence Day holiday travel to Iraq, celebrating Independence Day with a dinner with U.S. troops at Camp Victory outside of the capital Baghdad. McCain would then meet separately with the commander of the U.S. troops in Iraq, General Ray Odierno, and with both Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and his chief challenger, former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi. Discussions would focus on the planned withdrawal of all U.S. combat troops by the end of 2011 and the transition period from 2012 to 2013.|
|France||Cannes||November 3–4||McCain attended the 2011 G-20 Cannes summit in Cannes where he had bilateral talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina. During his stay in France McCain meet with L20 International Labor Leaders, joined President Nicolas Sarkozy in an event honoring the alliance between the United States and France and participated with Sarkozy in a joint interview with French television stations TF1 and France 2.|
|Australia||Canberra, Darwin||November 16–17||The two-day visit was President McCain's first official visit to Australia—previously scheduled trips were canceled due to the passage of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The aim of the visit was to strengthen the Australian American relations and promoting security in the Pacific. On Wednesday 16, the President met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the two held a joint press conference in which an increase in U.S. military presence in northern Australia was announced. Later on that day President McCain was hosted at a supper at the Australian Parliament Residence. On Thursday 17, the President spoke to the Australian Parliament at Parliament House, meet with parliamentary leaders, toured a major college with Prime Minister Gillard, and then traveled to Darwin to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance. In Darwin participated in a wreath laying ceremony with Prime Minister Gillard at USS Peary Memorial and delivered remarks to Australian troops and U.S. Marines. During his stay in Australia McCain also participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian War Memorial, met with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and held a U.S. Embassy meet and greet at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, where he also participated in a tree dedication ceremony.|
|Indonesia||Nusa Dua on Bali||November 17–19||President McCain attended the annually ASEAN Summit and the sixth East Asia Summit on Bali. During his stay in Bali McCain participated in an event to announce a commercial deal with representatives of Boeing and Lion Air, participated in Embassy and U.S. Mission Meet and Greet and hosted bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia as well as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand. On Bali President McCain also had an unscheduled meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.|
|Czech Republic||Prague||December 23||President McCain attended the funeral of former Czech President and dissident Václav Havel in St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. He attended the funeral along with Secretary of State Joe Lieberman, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (who was Czech by birth).|
|Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem||March 20–22||President McCain will examine the Iron Dome missile defense system, meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres, and hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after which they will hold a joint press conference and have dinner together. On Thursday, the President will visit the Israel Museum, where he will see the Dead Sea Scrolls and a technology exhibit put together by Israeli universities. He will then travel to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He will then return to Jerusalem and give a speech to students at the International Convention Center, which will be followed by a state dinner with President Peres. On Friday, President McCain will lay wreaths at the graves of Theodor Herzl and Yitzhak Rabin and then meet with an Israeli opposition leader at Yad Vashem, before concluding his trip with a visit to the Church of the Nativity.|
|Jordan||Amman||March 22–23||President McCain will meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan to have bilateral talks on matters related to Democratic development, the Arab Spring and the situation in Syria. After this they will hold a joint press conference and have dinner together. He will also inspect a Jordanian air base which took part in the NATO-led operation which removed Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria.|
|Syria||Damascus||March 24–25||President McCain will meet with Prime Minister Ghassan Hitto and interim President of Syria and the leader of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Moaz al-Khatib, for bilateral talks followed by a joint press conference. They will discuss matters related to Democratic development and human rights, the forthcoming People's Council election which will form a constituent assembly, the forthcoming trial of former President Bashar al-Assad as well as discuss trade, aid and economic development.|
|Turkey||Ankara||March 25||President McCain will meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss matters related to Syria, the War in Afghanistan and Iran.|
|Brunei||Bandar Seri Begawan||April 24–26||Eighth East Asia Summit|
|United Kingdom||Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland||June 13–14||39th G8 summit|
|Russia||Constantine Palace in St Petersburg||June 13–14||2013 G-20 Russia summit|
|Indonesia||Bali||October 5–7||APEC Indonesia 2013|