Smartphone Travel Apps Can Help You Travel Safely

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This is an official U.S. Department of State app for use by U.S. citizens and nationals who travel internationally. The app gives you access to the State Department’s invaluable country information, concerning U.S. embassies and consulates, entry, exit and visa requirements, safety and security information, health, local laws, etc. It gives users access to State Department travel advisories

In addition, the app allows users access to their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) accounts. STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals to enroll their international trips with the State Department. Through STEP, travelers can subscribe to timely information about safety conditions at their destinations. After entering trip details into STEP, your destinations’ U.S. embassies are able to contact you in the event of emergencies and help arrange evacuation, if necessary. The embassies can help your family and friends get in touch with you during emergencies.

Your local travel agent or Travel Concierge can also provide you with additional information on International Travel. In DeKalb County contact FunME Events at 815-756-1263 or the NICE Society Travel Club at 815-758-0197.

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