From 3:00 ET on 12/23 to 3:00 ET on 12/24, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
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Welcome to the official page of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs! This information is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended as legal advice. Learn more at travel.state.gov.
Mission: Safety. Security. Service. Our highest priority is to protect the lives and interests of U.S. citizens overseas. We do this through routine and emergency services to Americans at our embassies and consulates around the world. We serve our fellow citizens during their most important moments – births, deaths, disasters, arrests, and medical emergencies. The Bureau of Consular Affairs formulates and implements policy relating to immigration and consular services and ensures responsive and efficient provision of consular services overseas. Read more here: travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/about.html
From 3:00 ET on 12/23 to 3:00 ET on 12/24, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
Search for alerts ➡️ http://ow.ly/zwI450CU7g6
#Brazil: Effective Dec 25, international flights to Brazil from/passing through the UK and Northern Ireland are prohibited on a temporary basis. Foreign travelers present in these areas in the last 14 days will not be able to embark on flights to Brazil. http://ow.ly/cA1e50CU7dp
#Guatemala: As of Dec 23 all arriving passengers who have visited the UK or South Africa within the past 14 days could be denied entry/subject to quarantine due to a new variant of COVID-19. Guatemalan nationals, permanent residents, and diplomats with accreditation will be allowed entry, but will have to quarantine for a minimum of 10 days. This guidance could change rapidly and additional countries may be added. http://ow.ly/FX7O50CU09a
Don’t have time to spend on the phone looking for passport answers? Get your passport questions answered immediately by using one of the self-service tools available on our website: http://ow.ly/LlJA50CTpZv
#CentralAfricanRepublic: Reports of pre-electoral violence. Out of an abundance of caution U.S. Embassy in Bangu is limiting staff to mission-critical movements starting on Dec 24. Armed groups may seek to move towards Bangui and/or cut off supply routes.http://ow.ly/fTYt50CTC8d
You can track your passport's status on our website: passportstatus.state.gov. Enroll in email updates and see your passport's status 14 days after applying.
𝐄𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐅𝐀𝐐𝐬 (𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟑, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎)
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝?
A: The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. We will continue to communicate travel advice to U.S. citizens amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the most up-to-date information about new travel restrictions imposed by foreign governments.
𝐐: 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐬. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧?
A: The Department continues to strongly recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic. We are closely monitoring health and safety conditions around the globe, working in partnership with the #CDC. Our ability to provide consular and other services may be hindered by local health conditions.
U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on Travel.State.gov. The COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented risks for travelers, and our destination-specific advisories take into account the latest data and public health and safety analysis. We will regularly update our advice to U.S. travelers.
We also urge those contemplating travel abroad to review CDC’s country specific recommendations and their overall guidance on international air travel. U.S. citizens currently abroad should closely monitor guidance from local public health and immigration authorities, as well as the CDC.
𝐐: 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐚 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠/𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐝𝐨?
A: U.S. citizens currently abroad should also closely monitor guidance from local public health and immigration authorities.
𝐐: 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐚 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐥𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠/𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥-𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬?
A: We encourage U.S. citizens to stay connected with us via Travel.state.gov, through our Facebook and Twitter (https://twitter.com/TravelGov) accounts, and to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) (https://step.state.gov/) so you can receive important messages from their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, including timely Alerts and updates to Travel Advisories.
𝐐: 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐚 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐝𝐨?
A: We remain committed to providing U.S. citizens abroad with all appropriate consular assistance when necessary. Please contact the American Citizen Services section at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate closest to you: https://www.usembassy.gov/
𝐐: 𝐃𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬?
A: On March 14, President Trump signed a fourth proclamation that restricts travel to the United States of foreign nationals who were physically present in the United Kingdom and Ireland within the 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. For more information please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html.
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬?
A: Beyond following the requirements and recommendations of local health services overseas, we urge U.S. citizens to review the CDC’s travel testing and self-quarantine recommendations for U.S. citizens.
𝐐: 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐔.𝐒. 𝐝𝐮𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭?
A: U.S. citizens stranded overseas should refer to the “Emergency Financial Assistance for U.S. Citizens Abroad,” section on our website (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/emergency-financial-assistance.html), which includes information on how to contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and request assistance.
#Ica #Trujillo #Peru: Ongoing and widespread protests in multiple regions affecting travel along the PanAmericana Sur and Norte highways in Ica and Trujillo. Increased Police presence. Avoid affected areas. Protests may continue for several days. http://ow.ly/AiJy50CTuMN
From 3:00 ET on 12/22 to 3:00 ET on 12/23, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
⚠️The Republic of the Congo
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#Honduras: Non-resident Honduran citizens coming from, having visited or tranisted the UK or South Africa within 21 days are restricted from entry. Honduran citizens and residents coming in these countries in the last 2 weeks must quarantine for 14 days. http://ow.ly/gipe50CTppD
#Malawi: As of Dec 23, the Malawi Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 has implemented new measures to limit spread of the virus including, but not limited to: closure of all land borders for 14 days and prohibition of entry of foreigners via land borders. http://ow.ly/OJcH50CTjG3
#Peru: On December 21, the government of Peru banned 8-hour or longer flights until January 5, 2021. This announcement modifies an earlier decree restricting flights from several European countries and the United Kingdom. http://ow.ly/d8r650CTcbN
#Norway: To prevent the introduction of a new variant of COVID-19 discovered in the UK, effective Dec 21, Norway banned all direct flights from the United Kingdom for 48 hours and implemented stricter control measures for those coming from the UK. http://ow.ly/qsw350CT70B
#Beni #DRC: The U.S. Embassy has received credible/specific information of a possible terrorist threat on Christmas Day (Dec 25) against churches and other places where non-Muslims congregate in Beni, North Kivu. Continue to avoid travel to this area. http://ow.ly/nmkC50CT6LE
#CentralAfricanRepublic: Reports of violence and panic in Bangui and instability in provinces. The U.S. embassy issued a shelter in place notice for employees. Civil unrest may continue leading up to/following Dec 27 elections. http://ow.ly/TMox50CT6g9
#Lusaka #Zambia: Reports of gunshots, teargas and 2 people shot near Zambia Police Service (ZPS) Headquarters on Independence Ave. Increased police presence in the vicinity. Avoid crowds, and security forces’ activities in the affected area. http://ow.ly/JSoT50CT5Er
If you're thinking of applying for your passport, don't forget that routine processing takes 10-12 weeks and expedited processing is 4-6 weeks. Plan ahead for the future! http://ow.ly/pLTx50CRop5
From 3:00 ET on 12/21 to 3:00 ET on 12/22, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
⚠️ South Africa
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#Pakistan: Travel from the UK is suspended temporarily. All travelers who have been in the UK within 10 days will not be allowed into Pakistan. Passengers transiting the UK who do not leave the terminal during the transit will be allowed to enter Pakistan. http://ow.ly/FKEO50CStaF
#Sweden: On Dec 21, Sweden closed the border with Denmark and canceled flights from the UK, due to the new variant of the SARS-COVID-2 virus. Non-citizen legal residents currently in the UK are not allowed to return while the entry ban remains in effect. http://ow.ly/RBQK50CSsRP
#NorthMacedonia: The Government of North Macedonia temporarily suspended all flights to and from the UK effective Dec 23- 31. All passengers arriving in North Macedonia from the UK, whether by air or land, are subject to a 2 week isolation period. http://ow.ly/sJzn50CSoOJ
#Dhaka #Bangladesh: Police will implement security measures from Dec 24-Jan 3. Expect increased police presence, vehicle access to be heavily scrutinized, local police roadblocks, prohibition of outdoor celebrations/parties on rooftops, etc. See details: http://ow.ly/5eFD50CS8bs
Did you just apply for your passport? Wait 14 days before checking the application status online. If your status says "Not Found" that means it is still making its way to us. Check the status at: http://ow.ly/XbBr50CRoiW.
From 3:00 ET on 12/20 to 3:00 ET on 12/21, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
⚠️ United Kingdom
Search for alerts ➡️ http://ow.ly/lHws50CRuhQ
#Turkey: Effective immediately, all flights to and from the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands, and South Africa have been temporarily suspended. Please note that international flight routes can be suspended or changed at any time. http://ow.ly/mFJt50CRslD
#Liberia: Travelers should note that it may be difficult to obtain cash from banks in Liberia and should plan accordingly. Liberia’s banking sector has experienced a growing shortage of cash – both US and Liberian dollars – over the last several months. http://ow.ly/W8Lh50CRqah
#Kuwait: Beginning today, December 21, at 11:00 PM through January 1, 2021, all commercial flights to and from Kuwait are suspended, as is entry to Kuwait through land and sea borders. These suspensions are a response to the new strain of COVID-19. http://ow.ly/l01u50CRpK9
#CAR: We have received reports of increased violence, criminality, and armed group activity in the regions of Ombella-Mpoko, Ouham, Ouham-Pende, Lobaye and Ouaka. Civil unrest and violence may occur leading up to the December 27 elections. http://ow.ly/1MEF50CRngG
#SaudiArabia: Today, Dec 21, all int'l flights have been suspended for 1 week except for foreign carriers inside the Kingdom which can return to their home destination or hub. Entry to the Kingdom through land and sea ports is also suspended for one week. http://ow.ly/MGhv50CRc2r
#France: The Embassy in Paris, Consulates in Marseille and Strasbourg, and offices in Rennes, Lyon, and Bordeaux will be closed Dec 24 and 25. U.S. citizens with an emergency may call 01 43 12 22 22 (in France) or (011 33) 1 43 12 22 22 (from the US).
If you are considering international travel for the holidays, be aware that the US embassy or consulate may be limited in their ability to assist you if COVID-19 disrupts your trip. Be prepared to accommodate unexpected expenses and last minute changes.
From 3:00 ET on 12/17 to 3:00 ET on 12/18, we published #COVID19 related health alerts for:
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#Denmark: A demonstration is scheduled to take place December 19 at 3pm, across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. The event is being organized by a group calling for changes to U.S. government policies towards Israel and Morocco. http://ow.ly/t9S250CPsDK
#Peru: The government of Peru announced that private vehicles will not be allowed to circulate on December 24 – 25, and December 31 – January 1. Taxi apps/deliveries will be allowed to operate. Authorities will enforce curfew between 12am - 4am. http://ow.ly/ZvwW50CPswc
If you must travel this winter, plan for the additional costs associated with COVID-19. Many countries require foreign visitors to provide a negative COVID test and/or quarantine at their own expense.
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2018 – Publication of Travel Advisories for every country in the world. It’s even easier to find the safety and security information you need to make travel decisions.
2017 – Passport Services issued more than 21 million passport books and cards this fiscal year, a new record.
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2008 – @TravelGov joins Twitter
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2008 – Issuance of the first passport card
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2002 – The introduction of the current U.S. visa foil design.
1995 – travel.state.gov goes live with information about passports, visas, and citizen services.
1924 – Consular officers assume the responsibility to approve or deny visas to the United States.
1853 – Nathanial Hawthorne began his service as a consul in England, one of many U.S. literary figures to serve as a consular officer.
1792 - Congress passes a law describing the powers and duties of a consular officer.
1790 – Thomas Jefferson organized the consular service, recognizing the need to protect U.S. seamen in overseas ports.
1780 – The first Consul General set sail for his a posting in France – ready to protect the interests of our new country’s citizens.