Friday, November 22, 2013

Tip of the Day: Contacting Your Embassy Before Departing for Your Destination

As I mentioned numerous times over the years, it is essential that all foreign travelers access the online website of your appropriate embassy BEFORE they depart their home country, as the majority of foreign governments provide online access to their citizens 24/7.

As most of our regular readers know all too well, I often emphasize in my blog, as well as my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD (a complete update which will be available in February 2014), I strongly suggest that all foreign travelers subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage (see http://www.insuremytrip.com), for without such coverage they may be forced into paying for emergency medical treatment in ADVANCE.

Generally speaking, such insurance coverage runs on average US$8-11 per day which, incidentally, includes evacuation coverage if necessary. The latter of which can easily cost upwards of $100,000 WITHOUT insurance.

Contacting your embassy online in the country of your destination is important for several reasons:

1. Doing so enables you to register your presence in the country and how to contact you in an emergency;

2. Doing so permits you to be aware of governmental holidays when the embassy may be closed; and

3. Doing so brings you up-to-date on impending security threats, information on local conferences that may result in hotel rooms being unavailable during your stay, travel advisories, etc.

As regards contacting your embassy, please go to:

http://www.embassyworld.com.

If you are traveling to a multitude of countries, access each of the embassy websites you'll be traveling to.