Handling Medical Emergencies Abroad

You can’t plan for the unexpected, but you can be prepared. Learn what health precautions to take before you leave home, and what to do if illness or injury lays you low overseas.

Register your trip with the State Department.

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Registration (do it online here) enables the nearest American Embassy to relay an urgent message from home or tell you about looming crises in your destination. If you contact the embassy in an emergency, the staff can get in touch with your friends and family back home as well as anyone traveling with you. They can provide you with a list of doctors, specialists, and hospitals in your destination. They may even be able to help with a transfer of funds from your account in the United States to pay medical bills.

Handling Medical Emergencies Abroad

Register your trip with the State Department.

Registration (do it online here) enables the nearest American Embassy to relay an urgent message from home or tell you about looming crises in your destination. If you contact the embassy in an emergency, the staff can get in touch with your friends and family back home as well as anyone traveling with you. They can provide you with a list of doctors, specialists, and hospitals in your destination. They may even be able to help with a transfer of funds from your account in the United States to pay medical bills.

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