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Before Leaving for Your Trip | Safety Tips in Uncertain Times

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It’s during these times that a sense of security for travelers and their loved ones at home is of foremost importance. For those who are planning to travel abroad in the near future, there are several things travelers can do to stay safe.

Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U. S. Department of State.  This free service allows travelers to receive real-time, detailed updates of country-specific warnings and alerts.  These warnings and alerts can help travelers avoid problem countries and areas and are essential for international travel.  Contact the US Consultant in an emergency. Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.

Give yourself peace of mind by enrolling in MedjetAssist’s Horizon Membership.

Even intrepid seasoned travelers who are able to put risks in perspective—and who understand the difference between the probability of an incident occurring in a country and the probability of an incident occurring to them while they are in that country—can still wonder how to lessen their risks when traveling there.   MedjetAssist, the air medical transport membership program—that gets you from a foreign hospital back home to one that you trust—recently added a new membership level that reduces your risk when your security is threatened: Horizon Membership offers assistance should a crisis—a terrorist attack, a political threat, violent crime, or the like—strike.  You get access to a 24/7 Crisis Response Center, a veteran security expert to advise you, and response services to come to the rescue if necessary.  Also be sure to check your overseas medical insurance coverage and be aware of any updates, changes or exclusions to your policy.