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U.S. Embassies
November 24, 2000

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You know, we've been hearing a lot lately from listeners planning to travel overseas and there's one question that keeps popping up. What happens if you find yourself in trouble in a foreign land? Just what can an embassy or consulate do for you?

Now, I have to say, usually...it's pretty boring stuff: issuing birth certificates to American babies born abroad. Replacing lost or stolen passports. But did you know, an embassy will sometimes give you cold, hard cash?

It's true! Dianne Andruch is the State Department's managing director of overseas services, number two in charge of all U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide. We asked Diane when she would offer a traveler some money...and how much? Listen in.

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If you'd like us to address your travel questions or concerns, send us an email. Or, you can snail-mail them in. The address is The Savvy Traveler, in care of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90007. Or call me at 888-SAV-TRAV.


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