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When seniors venture into foreign countries, they hope for happy times. Unfortunately, unhappy challenges may happen. It could be illness from tainted food, bad weather, pickpockets, accidents, political unrest and other unexpected interruptions.

For protection, always be prepared to contact nearby branches of the U.S. State Department in case emergency help is needed. While in a foreign country, always have phone number, website and street addresses of the closest U.S. consulate or embassy.

Additionally, carry all applicable private travel insurance ID cards, other required info and medications. Be aware that some U.S. government insurance plans, such as basic Medicare, may not pay for all instances of emergency treatment abroad.

Further, before the next trip to a foreign destination, contact your travel pro and insurance agent to be sure you have all possible travel health and other coverages in effect. For more info, go to travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/go/health.html#healthy

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