Here are some quick tips to make your travel easier and safer:

  • Let us know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service at travelregistration.state.gov. This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S. or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.
  • Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
  • Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page, and visas with family or friends so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.
  • While in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. The State Department’s page at travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.html has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.
  • To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.
  • Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at travel.state.gov. Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1.888.407.4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202.501.4444 if calling from overseas.
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