The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services (888) 407-4747 (or from overseas +1 202-501-4444) can assist U.S. citizens who are temporarily destitute abroad. If you find yourself in such a situation, here are some options:
Consult the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate’s website for a list of hospitals and doctors. Your hotel concierge may also be a good resource. The availability and quality of medical services available can vary greatly depending on your location. Read the Medical Facilities and Health Information section in our country information pages. Review our Medical Insurance page for information about medical coverage abroad, air ambulances, and medical evacuation companies.
Limited emergency medical assistance loans may be available on a reimbursable basis for eligible temporarily destitute U.S. citizens and their qualified dependents. Your U.S. passports will be limited at the time the loan is issued and in most cases you will not be issued a new passport until the loan is paid in full.
Destitute U.S. citizens in need of help overseas should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at (888) 407-4747 (or from overseas +1 202-501-4444), for information about other assistance options and eligibility requirements.