JC Bark Travel Blog
What Does a U.S. Enbassy do?
Not sure what an Embassy really is? Well, it's not just another building full of bureaucrats. In many ways, the U.S. Embassy is your 911 when overseas. Whether you've lost your passport, need to evacuate the country, or someone back in the U.S. needs to get in touch with you, the U.S. Embassy is your point of contact for assistance in many different situations. During a natural disaster, political upheaval, or other emergency, consular officers assist American ciitizens with transportation, evacuation, and in keeping them safe. This is just one of the many reasons that we encourage you to register your trip before you depart. Registration is free, confidential, and can be done online.
If you're in a serious legal, medical, or financial trouble, the U'S. Embassy offers a variety of services.
It's worth noting why we advise you to get travel insurance. Obtaining medical treatment and hospital care abroad can be expensive, and medical evacuation to the U.S. can cost more than $50,000. U.S. medical insurance is generally not accepted outside the U.S., nor do the Social Security Medicare and Medicaid programs provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outsid the U.S.
If an American citizen becomres seriously ill or injured abroad, a U.S. Consular officer can assist in locating medical services and informing family or friends. If necessary, they can also assist in the transfer of funds from the U.S. However, payment of hospital fees and all expenses are solely the responsibility of the traveler.
Ask your travel professional about coverage.