The U.S. State Department has stated that the "U.S. embassies and consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who are victims of crime, accident, or illness, or whose family and friends need to contact the in an emergency."
It is strongly recommended that you register your trip abroad with the U.S. State Department. This helps consulate and embassy employees in locating you in the case of a natural disaster or civil unrest in the area that you are visiting abroad.
You will find ALL of the information that you need if you are traveling abroad at the U.S. State Department's website.
Click the link here to be taken to their website.
Click below to go to the U.S. State Department site to sign up for the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Consular Affairs STEM program.
Click below to discover current travel advisories from the U.S. State Department.
It is recommended that you do the following in the case of emergency while you are traveling abroad.
1. Copy your Passport Information Page (keep it in a separate place - NOT WITH YOUR PASSPORT. If you passport is stolen a consulate can issue a temporary, new passport from the copied information. It's also a good idea to leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative.
2. Copy any tickets or other important documents that you may take along with you. Do NOT KEEP THE COPIES WITH THE ORIGINALS.
3. Be sure to have a list of all of your current medications! If you can, write down that generic name for your prescribed medications. Knowing the scientific name could help pharmacists in Europe to determine what you're taking should your medication(s) be stolen while you are on vacation.
4. Take your doctor's information including his phone number. If a physician in another country needs to speak to or verify something you will have the information handy.
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