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Emergency Financial Assistance
October 18, 2023

Emergency Financial Assistance

U.S. Consuls can assist Americans abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances. Americans who find themselves in these circumstances should contact us, or the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at  +1 202–501-4444.

Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In certain circumstances, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, please visit the State Department website.

International Money Transfers

Fund transfers from the U.S. are straightforward. Most people can arrange family or friends to get them money through commercial channels:

Western Union Money Transfer – (685) 25623

Overseas Citizens Services (OCS) Trust