Congressman Burchett assists East Tennesseans abroad with repatriation, encourages travelers to contact his office for help

April 2, 2020
Press Release

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 2, 2020) -- Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) today shared successful efforts by his office to repatriate constituents abroad. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, professionals in Rep. Burchett's office have assisted 33 constituents traveling in seven different countries with repatriation. In a statement, Rep. Burchett said his office is prepared to assist additional travelers.

"If you or someone you know is traveling abroad right now, please get in touch with my office. The State Department issued guidance that it will soon become more difficult for Americans to return to the United States with Federal government assistance, leaving folks to arrange their own international travel. I want to make sure anyone who wants to come home has the necessary information and resources to make it back before the State Department ends its charter flights," said Rep. Burchett.

Constituents abroad should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Plan (STEP). Registering for this free program helps the State Department know where Americans are and that they need assistance returning to the country. Constituents can sign up for STEP by clicking here. Additionally, constituents can call 1-888-407-4747 (from the US & Canada) or +1-202-501-4444 (from overseas) for American Citizens Services & Emergencies information if they are having trouble returning to the United States.

Constituents should not hesitate to call Rep. Burchett's Knoxville office at 865-523-3772 to speak with a professional who can assist with travel-related issues. While Rep. Burchett's offices are currently teleworking, staff is frequently checking voicemail and a caseworker will be in touch to assist constituents.