How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad

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  • Should You Bring Cash?
  • Check Your Passport
  • Know Where the U.S. Embassies and Consulates Are Located
  •  Learn About the Laws and Customs
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  • How to Stay Safe When Traveling Abroad
  •  Some Countries Are Safer to Visit Than Others
  • Safety Begins Before You Travel
  • Sign Up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • Travel Checklist
  • How You Can Find Safe Hotels and Hostels
  • How You Should Pack
  • What to Leave at Home

Get Notified of a Crisis

By enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), you will be automatically notified of a crisis and/or emergency. The Facebook and Twitter accounts for the U.S. State Department are also good sources of information. If you are not enrolled in STEP, then you can contact the embassy via telephone: U.S.-based telephone number at 1-888-407-4747 (from overseas +1-202-501-4444). In the event that Internet or phone are not options, refer to local television and radio broadcasting.  (Photo: U.S. Department of State)

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