Before

  • Before traveling, check the State Department website to see if there are any travel restrictions for your destination.
  • Make sure all your travel documents (passport, visa, etc.) are up to date and will be valid for the duration of your trip.
  • Bring extra belongings (electronics, clothing, money) in case your trip is unexpectedly extended.
  • Enroll in the State Department's, Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to receive important alerts.   

During

  • Contact the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.
  • Arrange for travel back to the United States or country of origin as quickly as possible.
  • If travel is not an option, make plans for an extended stay abroad. Assistance can be provided through Embassy or Consulate.
  • Stay updated by frequently checking government websites and news outlets as situations can change rapidly.