“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the
people, you might better stay at home.”
James A. Michener
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Official U.S. Resources for Travel Abroad:
U.S. State Department — Students Abroad
Locate a U.S. embassy anywhere in the world, report a lost or stolen passport, travel warnings and advisories, emergencies aboard, traveling tips, how to register with the local consulate, etc.
To find helpful information such as: Embassy Services, passports, safety tips, travel alerts and warnings and more visit the website of the State Dept.’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Center for Disease Control
Info on diseases, water, and food conditions in specific regions. Also tips for avoiding traveler’s sickness.
Information for Women Travelers
Safety Tips for Women Travelers
Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)
Information for LGBT Travelers