Emergency Financial Assistance

U.S. consuls can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances.

U.S. citizens in England and Wales who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the Embassy in London.

U.S. citizens in Northern Ireland should contact the Consulate General in Belfast and those in Scotland, the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

You may also contact the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).

Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, see https://travel.state.gov/