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  • McDonald’s branches in Austria will now serve as emergency U.S. Consulates.

    McDonald’s branches in Austria will now serve as emergency U.S. Consulates. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 May 2019

The new partnership with McDonald's in Austria was announced on May 10, as  U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina officially signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Isabelle Kuster, Austria’s McDonald’s chief.

U.S. citizens in need of consular services in Austria can now ask for assistance in any of the McDonald's fast food restaurant chains, according to the United States (U.S) Embassy in Vienna.

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“We were approached with the request by the U.S. Consulate. Firstly, because of the brand's great fame among (U.S. citizens), and secondly, because there are a lot of branches in Austria,” McDonald's spokesman Wilhelm Baldia told The Independent. 

The new partnership with McDonald's in Austria was announced on May 10, as U.S. Ambassador Trevor Traina officially signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Isabelle Kuster, Austria’s McDonald’s chief. In 2018 about 800,000 U.S. citizens visited the European nation. 

U.S. citizens “who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the U.S. Embassy can enter — as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 — any McDonald's in Austria and staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services,” the diplomatic mission said. 

Employees at the restaurant chain will be trained to assist tourists in contacting the embassy, as well as  "report a lost or stolen passport" or simply "to seek travel assistance."  Nevertheless, the restaurants will not be performing any major consular services. 

So even though technically there will be no McPassports, will consular services at least come with fries?

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