Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 04071661 (posted Jul. 16, 2004)"
Office of the Spokesman
New and Improved Consular Internet Services
The Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs has improved the
information and services available on the Consular Internet 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 organization and navigational tools facilitate the
ability to find information more quickly and accurately.
In addition to the redesign of the website, the Bureau of Consular Affairs is
introducing the Internet-Based Registration System (IBRS). The Internet-Based
Registration System will enable U.S. citizens to register themselves and fellow
travelers, itineraries, and emergency contact information through the Internet.
The system includes the creation of country-specific listservs 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.
All U.S. citizens traveling 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 travelers who will be on temporary visits
to a country or countries. Long-term registration is for those travelers who
are resident in a foreign country and members of their household, or persons
making frequent or extended trips to a country or countries. Groups and
organizations may also establish accounts to register travelers. For more
information, please visit https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs.
The Department of State uses information collected only to inform and assist
Americans traveling or residing in foreign countries. All personal information
received by our overseas embassies and consulates pursuant to the registration
process, whether in person or otherwise, is safeguarded against unauthorized
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 American citizens.
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 U.S.
citizens and international travelers. Consular Affairs continues to provide
up-to-date information and utilize current technologies to expand existing
services to the traveling and resident abroad U.S. citizen public.