US to use McDonald's as embassy contacts in Austria

US tourists who need aid in Austria can now turn to the famous golden arches for help.

The US State Department has announced a deal with McDonald's where citizens "in distress" can turn to the fast food chain for assistance.

Each of the 194 McDonald’s branches across the European country will have access to a  24/7 hotline which will connect them to the US embassy.

This will allow those in trouble to get assistance more easily - while picking up a Big Mac at the same time.

The bizarre deal was announced on the US Embassy Vienna’s Facebook page last week.

"New partnership with McDonald's Austria to help U.S. citizens in need - Ambassador Traina signed Memorandum of Agreement today," the post read.

"American citizens traveling in Austria who find themselves in distress and without a way to contact the US Embassy can enter - as of Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - any McDonald's in Austria, and staff will assist them in making contact with the US Embassy for consular services (eg report a lost or stolen passport, or seek travel assistance)."

The company told the BBC its branches would continue to be Austrian territory.