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You may qualify for a life-or-death emergency appointment if you need to travel internationally in 3 business days because your immediate family member outside of the United States:
To qualify for life-or-death emergency service, your immediate family member must be a parent, legal guardian, child, spouse, sibling, or grandparent. We do not consider aunts, uncles, cousins, or other relatives to be immediate family members for the purposes of life-or-death emergency service. If you are traveling to another country for medical services or to get medication, you will not qualify for life-or-death emergency service.
If you're traveling within 3 business days because of a life-or-death emergency, you must get documentation to see if you qualify for life-or-death emergency service before we can make an appointment.
You can schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks before your international travel but the date of your appointment must be within 3 business days of your international travel.
Please follow these steps in order:
If you're traveling in more than 3 business days, learn more about Where to Apply.