Business travels are taking me to Veracruz, Mexico this week with anticipated future trips as well. There are no warnings to defer non-essential travel, though it isn’t the safest place to travel in Mexico either per this recent Mexico Travel Warning. Before I travel internationally, and especially to a place where safety may be a concern, I register my trip with the U.S. Department of State. If a natural or criminal disaster occurs, there is someone else who knows where I am other than my spouse and the company who is sending me abroad.
Before you head off on your next international travels (business or vacation), register your trip with the State Department.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
STEP lets you subscribe to the Embassy or Consulate’s email list in order to receive specific notifications about events, security alerts, safety issues or other information for the specific area you are traveling during the dates you specify.
I wish you all safe travels, but if something were to happen while abroad, the State Department will have an easier time reaching you if you are registered. So be safe out there, and register your next international trip!