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STEP Program

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP):

The State Department operates a secure Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to record your foreign trip and residence information that the Department of State can use to communicate with you and assist you in case of an emergency.

The site also provides you with up-to-date travel information customized to your unique travel agenda and itinerary. The data you provide is secured behind Department of State firewalls, accessed only by cleared personnel in Embassies, Consulates, and the Department of State, and releasable only under the provisions of the Privacy Act.

STEP for American citizens allows you to enrol and update your contact information at any time, making it easier for you to keep your information current. U.S. citizens around the world who travel or reside abroad can access this site at

If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about STEP, please send an e-mail to

SMART Traveler App

  • SMART Traveler App

    The Department of State now has a "Smart Traveler" app for U.S. travelers going abroad. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (requires iOS 4.0 or later). Smart Traveler provides easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. [read more] [download app]