U.S. Citizens missing abroad

Traveling abroad can be unsafe from time to time. If you think a friend or relative is missing abroad, you should contact the U.S. Department of State: 1-888-407-4747.

You should have a communication plan with friends and relatives before they travel abroad. Make sure they leave contact information and a copy of their itinerary. You should try to have as many details in order for the U.S. Department of State to locate them for you if it becomes necessary.

The information shared with you about these searches is governed by the “Privacy Act.” A U.S. law called the Privacy Act protects the privacy rights of U.S. citizens. The Act states that no information can be shared regarding a U.S. citizen’s location, welfare, intentions, or problems to anyone, including the citizen’s family members and Congressional representatives, without unless we have that individual’s written consent.