Should We Register With the USA Embassy Or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program Step

The USA has an online traveler registration program --- Should a traveler abroad register with the USA Embassy or Smart Traveler Enrollment Program?

The USA government has an online way to register your trip, more or less you can tell the government you plans.

Quoting the USA government page:

"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."
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

Greetings,
My name is Andy Graham, I am CEO of this site and have traveled perpetually for over 13 years and visited 90 countries. I have never registered with an embassy or consulate, but am not totally against the idea.

Do I trust the USA government?

No, I believe they would use this information to travel money transfers with the hope to find USA citizen breaking the law.

This makes me nervous, I am positive I am not doing anything, but the USA bureaucracy could make a person guilty until proved innocent.

The left hand of the USA has no idea what the right hand is doing, they are clueless to regulate these services.

There are people who have traveled outside the USA for years, while the people working in these agencies change too often, I cannot even trust this link to continue to work.
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

I have placed these types of links on the site for over 11 years, the regularly change and stop working.

Why I would like to register?

A USA passport is for 10 years, in this time I have moved, changed most of the data on the application. I would like to update the application information, mainly because I travel solo, I am alone.

If I was hurt, unable to talk, or died, the information from my passport would not be sufficient to find my family and friends fast.

Truly I am not sure, maybe a tattoo is needed?

I would like feedback, I do not want paranoid, I hate my father and the USA government comment though....


 

john

Sounds too 1984 to me. When I am traveling I want to be free, I don't want the government looking over my shoulder. I wouldn't be opposed to updating my contact information. It is important if you are incapacitated that you have a contact back in your home country, but that is about where I would draw the line. If I am truly a free citizen I should be able to go wherever I want.


victor

OM U.S. citizens living abroad are the easiest target for Congress! We don't have overseas representatives like in France and some other countries in our Parliment (Congress). The 3-5M American living about are basically taxed without representation. And evacuation is a joke. The consuls really don't give a .. what happens to most of people unless it justifies their political aims. If they want regime change...maybe they will "rescue" the medical students in Grenada, but they don't do jack for people with real problems.


RiyaazPatel

Sharing this presentation that I came across.
http://www.slideshare.net/TravelInsuranceForUSA/american-citizen-traveling-abroad-register-with-step


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