...or lack of them.
When Mark and I first arrived in China, I registered us at the American and Canadian consulates, just for precaution. Your passport fees help to support the consulates and embassies around the world.
Here in lies the difference, Mark receives on many occasions updates and news from the American Consulate. The emails will cover anything from severe weather, to any outbreaks, anything that a traveler/expat may need to know while abroad.
An example of an email he received back in December, advising him that the American Consulate would be coming to Xiamen. The closest consulate is in Guangzhou.
U.S. CONSULATE GENERAL
American Citizen Services Outreach
Xiamen – December 18
The Consulate General will offer American Citizen Services at the following locations this Thursday:
The Consulate will provide the following services:
** Additional Passport Pages (See Below for Procedures)
Registration with the U.S. Consulate
Medical/Legal Services in China
Federal Benefits Information
As for us Canadians, I received one email about voting in our past election. Aside from that, I have yet to receive one email notifying us of anything. When I posed the question to them, their reply was that they simply don't offer those services.
Mmm, makes you wonder where are dollars go..