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State Department Steps Up

In an age of terrorism, natural disasters and other calamities, the State Department is urging travelers and travel agents to turn to its dedicated website and join the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). A free service created by the agency, STEP allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to get up-to-date information about their destination, and if desired, enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This lets the U.S. Embassy know where to contact you in the event there is a natural disaster, civil unrest, or other emergency. Frequent travelers can also set up an account to facilitate using the service on multiple occasions. To learn more or enroll your next trip, click here.

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