An embassy or diplomatic mission is a group of people from one country present in another country to represent the sending country in the receiving country, such as a U.S. resident in the United Kingdom. Embassies are centers of diplomacy and law for residents of that country in foreign places.

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The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
is a free service offered to U.S. citizens who are traveling to a foreign country.  This program allows you to enter information about your trip so the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. It also allows you to get information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Here is a list of U.S. embassies and consulates.

Embassies can provide assistance to you if you are arrested or incarcerated abroad.   They will ensure fair treatment for imprisoned American citizens.  While you are in a foreign country, you are subject to their laws and regulations.  Penalties for breaking the law vary depending on which country you are visiting. For example, the possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs is often very strict and may result in fines or jail time. The Privacy Act was designed to protect the rights of Americans; consular officers may not reveal information about your location, welfare, intentions, or problems to anyone without your consent.

An embassy may also help you if you are traveling overseas and need medical assistance.

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