May 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Overseas Citizens Services

Information on what to do when one is “in really big trouble” overseas in always helpful.  I recently came across this information that I wanted to share with seniors who have always wondered what to do in case of

If you are in need of any of the following  and wanting to know about them from the states, call 1-888-407-4747.  From overseas call: 202-501-4444.  Write these down and stick them in your suitcase.
I just found this list in my “secret compartment” as I was packing today.

Answers related to questions concerning the:

  • Death of an American citizen abroad
  • Arrest/Detention of an American citizen abroad
  • Robbery of an American citizen abroad
  • American citizens missing abroad
  • Crisis abroad involving an American citizen
  • After-hours number for an emergency involving an American citizen abroad

A Safe Trip Abroad

The Bureau of Consular Affairs states:  when you travel abroad, the odds are you will have a safe and incident-free trip. Travelers can, however, become victims of crime and violence, or experience unexpected difficulties. No one is better able to tell you this than the U.S. consular officers who work in more than 250 U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. Every day of the year, U.S. embassies and consulates receive calls from American citizens in distress. By all means, pay attention to the US Government travel warnings to various countries and these do change periodically.

Happily, most problems can be solved over the phone or with a visit to the Consular Section of the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. There are other occasions, however, when U.S. consular officers are called upon to help U.S. citizens who are in foreign hospitals or prisons, or to assist the families of U.S. citizens who have passed away overseas. The Bureau has prepared the following travel tips to help you avoid serious difficulties during your time abroad.

Lost or Stolen Passports / Sickness / Etc.

The US State Dept. site has additional aid and suggestions for emergencies or a crisis. Getting severely ill overseas presents a crisis for many seniors. Be sure that you understand your health insurance policy and if/how it covers medical expenses overseas.  Ask your agent for a detailed explanation prior to departure. The following is simply an example of an overseas policy and you might like to check with Google for additional options. Additional information may be of aid to you as well.

Seniors Stay Healthy Abroad

From contaminated water to malaria, international travelers confront a wide array of health risks. 10 Essential Tips, can help you better prepare for your next trip overseas. Nearly half of all senior visitors to developing countries will get sick during a two-week trip, according to Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky, a travel-health consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But health problems aren’t limited to these regions, of course; viruses don’t recognize borders, and accidents can and do happen anywhere. Take some advice from the Brits who travel to Europe on a regular basis. So play it safe while traveling abroad,  read all this information carefully and apply it to your travel plans overseas.  Have a super healthy happy wonderful trip. jeb

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