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Consular Affairs to attend gay travel association convention

May 02, 2013|By Terry Gardner
  • The Bureau of Consular Affairs is attending the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Assn. convention.
The Bureau of Consular Affairs is attending the International Gay &… (Bureau of Consular Affairs )

For the first time, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs will participate in the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Assn.'s  30th annual Global Convention, which begins Thursday (today) and continues through Saturday in Chicago.

The website of the bureau, the arm of the State Department that helps protect Americans traveling abroad, now devotes a page to the interests of LGBT travelers

“In February, we also held our first Smart Traveler Day LGBT Roundtable, where we highlighted ongoing efforts to keep U.S. citizens informed and connected to the latest and most accurate travel information,” said John Whiteley, a spokesman for the bureau.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs recommends all Americans sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive travel alerts and warnings about their destinations.

A free Smart Traveler app for iOS and Android phones and tablets has been created to provide mobile alerts and information.

Country Specific Information, Tips for Traveling Abroad and the contacts page with info about emergency assistance, passport and visa services are also helpful.

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