Smart Traveler Enrollment program (STEP)
NOTICE: We are experiencing problems with the STEP website. If you receive and error when initially selecting the destination country/island, try selecting “Aruba” as the destination country instead. You can then fill in the correct destination under “Contact Info”. Please do include your travel dates, where you are staying, and an email address. Without this information, we will have no way to contact you in an emergency.
What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
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. Enrollment allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Also, you can download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.
Why should I sign up?
Millions of Americans travel abroad every year and encounter no difficulties. However, U.S. Embassies and Consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who are victims of crime, accident, or illness, or whose family and friends need to contact them in an emergency. When an emergency happens, or if natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strikes during your foreign travel, the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate can be your source of assistance and information. By signing up with your trip, you help the Embassy or Consulate locate you when you might need them the most. Enrollment is voluntary and costs nothing, but it should be a big part of your travel planning and security.
Go to the Travel Registration page for more information