outside the country

[color=red]a. Have you traveled outside the country?
b. Have you made trips outside the country?

Are these ambiguous?

  1. Have you traveled from place to place outside the country? (both the destination and the point of departure were outside the country)
  2. Have you gone out of the country? (the destination was outside the country and the point of departure was inside the country)

Many thanks

In most usage, they are not ambiguous. People generally interpret them to mean that the person has left their own country and traveled abroad.

If you want to be really precise, you can ask, “Have you traveled out of the country?” to mean leaving the country even for 10 minutes.