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The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
When you enroll in STEP, you will receive current information about your destination country, including:
Set up one account, and then add trips later for all your future travel plans!
Enrolling in STEP will help the U.S. embassy contact you and provide assistance during an emergency overseas. And, if your family or friends in the U.S. are having difficulty contacting you with urgent news while you’re traveling, we can use the information in STEP to try and reach you.
Check here for a list of ways to receive safety and security information from the U.S. Department of State.
Your Privacy Is Paramount
The U.S. Department of State is committed to ensuring that any personal information received by our overseas U.S. embassies and consulates via the STEP process, whether in person or otherwise, is safeguarded against unauthorized disclosure. The data that you provide the U.S. Department of State is subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act (5 USC 552a). This means that the U.S. Department of State will not disclose the information you provide us in your STEP application to any third parties unless you have given us written authorization to do so, or unless the disclosure is otherwise permitted by the Privacy Act. For additional information, please see the Department of State's website.