Travel Emergencies - Student Travel Emergencies and Emergency Help
Government Travel Safety Resources
The Us government is well set up to help travelers in the event of an emergency, and to aid travelers in travel planning with a host of helpful government travel safety resources and government websites for travel help. Check 'em all out below:
Losing Your Money or Going Broke Abroad
If you're robbed overseas or go broke in some way abroad, the U.S. government can make small loans called repatriation loans while you wait for money from home or give you financial help to get home. Find tips on avoiding being completely destitute here, too.
What Are Travel Warnings and Travel Announcements?
You need to know the difference between travel warnings and travel announcements. Travel public announcements are milder than travel warnings, in which the State Department recommends that Americans avoid travel to a country altogether. Learn about them and where to find them.
Handling Losing Your Passport While Traveling
Learn how to proceed if you lose your passport while traveling internationally. Information is supplied by the U.S. Department of State.
How the U.S. Government Can Help You in an International Emergency
Find out how to prepare for possible crises and emergencies before you leave home and learn how the U.S. Department of State can help if you run into trouble, like natural disasters or terrorism events, while traveling internationally. You can get money, but be aware of rules.
Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas
The Bureau of Consular Affairs, Overseas Citizens Services is committed to assisting American citizens who become victims of crime while traveling, working, or residing abroad. If you are the victim of crime overseas, contact the nearest U.S. embassy, consulate, or consular agency for assistance - 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).
Register With Embassies for Help During an Emergency
If you're traveling alone, it is a very wise idea to register with the American embassy of the country you're visiting.Give them your itinerary and, among other things, American consular officers can evacuate you during a disaster.
International Emergency Numbers
Listing of international emergency phone numbers. Handy -- write the emergency phone numbers in your travel journal for the countries you'll be visiting.
American Consulate List of Doctors and Hospitals Abroad
"U.S. Embassies and Consulates maintain lists of physicians and medical facilities for distribution to American citizens needing medical care. The inclusion of a specific physician or medical facility does not constitute a recommendation and the Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability."
International SOS - American Medical Aid and More Abroad
International SOS offers emergency evacuations and repatriations, prescription replacement and guarantee of medical expenses. Your paid membership also includes legal assistance referrals, bail bond/financial assistance, translation services, help with lost luggage and credit card replacement.
More Assistance for Crime Victims Overseas
Victim Assistance Online provides information for crime victim assistance in 20 countries, including the U.S. Scroll down the page to Quick Victim Assistance Program Index and click on Australia, for instance, to find ten resources for crime victims all over that country. Jot down this web address in your journal before you leave home.
US Dept of State - Websites of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomati
O. Henry said it best: "(You can't appreciate)... Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town." Find list of US consulates and embassies and their websites here.