US CITIZENS travelling or living overseas can now register themselves, their itineraries, and emergency contact information through the internet thanks to a new internet-based registration system introduced by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the US State Department.
All US citizens travelling or resident abroad will have the ability to register under two separate registration categories: short-term or long-term. Short-term registration is for those travellers who will be on temporary visits to a country or countries. Long-term registration is for those who are resident in a foreign country and members of their household, or people making frequent or extended trips to a country or countries. Groups and organisations may also establish accounts to register travellers. For more information, please visit https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs, and note the initial https instead of http.
The system includes the creation of country-specific email lists that registrants can join to receive, via email, updates to consular information sheets, public announcements, and travel warnings specific to the countries of their choosing.
The Department of State uses the information it collects only to inform and assist US citizens travelling or residing in foreign countries. All personal information received by US embassies and consulates pursuant to the registration process, whether in person or otherwise, is safeguarded against unauthorised disclosure by the Privacy Act of 1974. The personal information obtained in the registration process is used only to provide emergency services or routine information to individual US citizens.
In addition to instituting the internet registration system, the Department of State has improved the information and services available on the consular website at http://travel.state.gov. The website has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and improved in appearance and functionality. Visitors to http://travel.state.gov will find that improved organisation and navigational tools facilitate the ability to find information more quickly and accurately.
Additional locally oriented information about consular services is available on the US Embassy website, http://www.usembassy.sk/consular/consmain.html.
The improved website design and the internet-based registration system are part of a continuing effort by the Bureau of Consular Affairs to better serve US citizens and international travellers.
26. Jul 2004 at 0:00