Security and Health
- Check-in with your doctor and insurance carrier. Double check and make sure
that you have all of the proper vaccinations, and that you have renewed all
essential prescriptions. Also, ask you medical insurance provider if your policy
applies overseas for emergencies. If it doesn’t, and you want to add extra
coverage, consider supplemental insurance.
- Bring copies of your passport. If your passport gets stolen or lost, you want to be
sure that you can still get back into the country, or be able to prove your
- Leave a copy of your passport. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at
home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can
store in your email account as well. NOTE: You will not be able to enter back
into the U.S. if your passport expires within 6 months of entry. Renew your
passport long before you need to use it.
- Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it
easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety. The Smart
Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and
nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or
Consulate -- https://step.state.gov/step/.
Benefits of enrolling in STEP:
a. Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
b. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
c. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.