Message for U.S. Citizens: Countrywide Lockdown and U.S. Embassy Suspension of Routine Consular Services

Location: Lebanon The Lebanese government has announced that it will impose a countrywide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus in Lebanon beginning at 05:00 Saturday, November 14, 2020, and at present is projected to end at 05:00 Monday, November 30.  The lockdown will require the closures of most public institutions and facilities, and many …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Online Scheduling of ACS Appointments

Location:  U.S. Embassy Beirut Lebanon The U.S. Embassy will resume limited online scheduling of American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments on Thursday, October 22. Schedule appointments using the U.S. Citizen Services page. Due to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, including reduced staffing and limited space, ACS Beirut has not yet resumed normal operations and remains committed to social distancing by reducing the number …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Economic Impact Payment (EIP) Check Pickup Deadline Extended

Location:  Lebanon Event:   For U.S. Citizens whose Economic Impact Payment (EIP) checks were mailed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, the deadline to pick up your unclaimed check from Aramex has been extended by one month, to November 18, 2020.  If the IRS indicates that your check was forwarded to the U.S. Embassy …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Deadlines Fast Approaching

The U.S. Presidential Election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  All states are now distributing absentee ballots to registered voters who have requested one. There is still time to register to vote absentee and cast your ballot, but don’t delay!  In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines are as early as October …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Reminder for the November 3 Presidential Election

The U.S. Presidential Election will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  In some states deadlines to register and/or request ballots are as early as October 5th.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend that you complete a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  each year to ensure you are able to participate in …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Beirut Event:  We are closely following reports of an explosion at or near the Port of Beirut on August 4. We encourage citizens in the affected area(s) to monitor local news, follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at step.state.gov to receive important emergency information, and follow …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 4020 cases of COVID-19 and 54 related deaths in the country as of July 28, 2020. The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 30.  There is currently no curfew in effect. The Lebanese government on July 28 announced new measures in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in …

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Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Beirut – Awkar Square Area near the U.S. Embassy Event:  A demonstration is scheduled to take place in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy Beirut on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.  The demonstration should start around 10 a.m. and should continue until around 12 noon.  It is expected to be peaceful, but anyone who can …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, July 21, 2020

Location:  Lebanon   Event:  Lebanon is experiencing a severe economic crisis that is creating hardships for its residents and visitors.  These include a nationwide shortage of U.S. dollars; a rapid decline in the value of the local currency; restrictions on bank withdrawals; sharply increased food prices; sporadic fuel shortages; blackouts; and increased incidence of street crime …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, July 16, 2020 Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 2542 cases ofCOVID-19 and 38 related deaths in the country as of July 15, 2020.   The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 2.  There is currently no curfew in effect.   Rafic Hariri International …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Lebanon Event: The Government of Lebanon confirmed 2082 cases of COVID-19 and 36 related deaths in the country as of July 10, 2020. The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 2.  The former 12 midnight-to-5:00 a.m curfew is no longer in effect. Rafic Hariri International Airport, closed to regularly-scheduled flights since March 19, reopened to commercial …

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Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Beirut – Awkar Square Area near the U.S. Embassy Event: Members of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party, Lebanese Communist Party, and affiliated parties have announced plans to hold anti-U.S. demonstrations starting around 4 p.m. Friday, July 10 in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy Beirut.  The Embassy will close at 1 p.m. and staff …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! To vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 1778 cases of COVID-19 and 34 related deaths in the country as of June 30, 2020. A curfew remains in place daily from 12 midnight until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel.  The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until August 2. Rafic Hariri International Airport, closed to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reopening of Rafic Hariri International Airport

Location: Beirut Event:  Rafic Hariri International Airport is scheduled to reopen to commercial air traffic on July 1, 2020, with service starting at a level of ten percent of that handled a year ago.  According to information released by the Lebanese government, no 14-day self-isolation will be required as of that date.  Instead, arriving passengers will be …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, June 11, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 1388 cases ofCOVID-19 and 30 related deaths in the country as of June 10, 2020. A curfew remains in place daily from 12 midnight until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel.  The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until July 5. Rafic Hariri International airport has been …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Flight Opportunities to Depart Lebanon

Location:  Lebanon Event:  Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced additional flights from Beirut to several destinations in Europe from June 11 to June 19.  U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) interested in departing Beirut can find full details on   MEA’s website . Please note these flights are available for those who are currently located in Lebanon.  U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, June 5, 2020 Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 1306 cases of COVID-19 and 28 related deaths in the country as of June 4, 2020. A curfew remains in place daily from 12 midnight until 5:00 a.m., to include private vehicular travel.  The Lebanese government has extended the general mobilization until …

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Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Demonstration Alert — U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (June 5, 2020) Locations: Beirut and Tripoli, Lebanon Events: Protests in Beirut and Tripoli are planned for Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7.  Large protests under the slogan “Great Day of Rage” are planned for Beirut’s Martyr’s Square and Tripoli’s Nour Square starting at 3 p.m. on June 6. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Qatar Airways Offers Beirut Flight with U.S. Connections

Location:  Lebanon Event:   Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut remains closed for commercial passenger flights until at least June 8, 2020.  Qatar Airways is offering a special chartered flight to depart from Beirut to Doha at 2:30 a.m. on June 5, 2020, with connecting flights to Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago.  The flight is being offered for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Lufthansa Flight From Beirut May 31, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Beirut office of Lufthansa Airlines has announced a special flight from Beirut to the United States via Frankfurt on Sunday, May 31, 2020 departing Beirut at 15:35 PM and arriving at Frankfurt at 18:50 PM local time.  From Frankfurt passengers would have options to connect to flights to Washington (IAD), Chicago …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, May 26, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon confirmed 1119 cases of COVID-19 and 26 related deaths in the country as of May 25, 2020. The Government has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Please also see the latest daily Lebanese government publication which consolidates every ministry’s decisions, actions and responses to address the crisis. The additional measures  which took …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, May 13, 2020 Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Government of Lebanon reinstituted strict lockdown measures in response to an increase in incidence of COVID-19.  The Government confirmed 870 cases of COVID-19 and 26 related deaths in the country as of May 12, 2020. Starting at 7 p.m. May 13, all businesses and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Flight Opportunities to Depart Lebanon

Event:  Middle East Airlines (MEA) has announced additional flights from Beirut to several destinations in Europe from May 14 to May 24.  U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) interested in departing Beirut can find full details on  MEA’s website . MEA advises that in accordance with current European travel regulations, interested travelers must have confirmed onward …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Qatar Airways Offers Outbound Flight from Beirut Available for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

Event: Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut remains closed for commercial passenger flights until at least May 10, 2020.  Qatar Airways (QA) is offering a special chartered flight to depart Beirut at 2:30 a.m. on May 6, 2020, for Doha with connecting flights to Dallas/Fort Worth or Chicago.  The flight number is QR3276. Interested travelers …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Outbound Flights from Beirut for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

Event: Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut remains closed for commercial passenger flights until at least May 10, 2020.  However, Middle East Airlines has scheduled flights on the following dates to specific destinations in order to repatriate Lebanese citizens: April 30 to London, May 2 to Paris, May 4 to London, May 6 to Frankfurt, May …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, April 22, 2020

Location: Lebanon Event: The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 677 cases of COVID-19 and 21 related deaths in the country as of April 21, 2020. The Government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please also see the latest daily Lebanese government publication which consolidates every ministry’s decisions, actions and responses to address …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, April 15, 2020

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, April 15, 2020 Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 641 cases of COVID-19 and 21 related deaths in the country as of April 14, 2020. The Government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Please also see the latest daily Lebanese government publication which consolidates …

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Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Lebanon Event:   The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 548 cases of COVID-19 and 19 related deaths in the country as of April 7, 2020. The Government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced  screening and quarantine measures  to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Please also see the latest daily  Lebanese government publication  which consolidates every ministry’s decisions, actions and responses to address the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Offers Flights from Beirut to the U.S. on April 5, 2020

Event:   Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut is closed for commercial passenger flights until at least April 12.  U.S. Embassy Beirut has arranged for Qatar Airways to offer a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents to depart Beirut at 1:30 a.m. on April 5.  Travelers may choose between connecting flights through …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 31, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:  The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 446 cases of COVID-19 and 11 related deaths in the country as of March 30, 2020. The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the relevant government  website  for additional information on these measures.  Among these …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 30, 2020

Location:  Lebanon Event:  The Lebanese Ministry of Public Health confirmed 438 cases of COVID-19 and 10 related deaths in the country as of March 29, 2020. The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Visit the relevant government  website   for additional information on these measures.  Among these …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Departure of Non-Emergency Embassy Staff

Event: All non-emergency Embassy personnel have departed Lebanon.  Routine consular operations remain suspended.  The Consular Section is staffed to provide limited emergency services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis.  U.S. citizens with emergencies may contact  BeirutACS@state.gov . The Lebanese Government confirmed 368 cases of COVID-19 and six related deaths in the country as of March 26, 2020.  Additional …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 19, 2020

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon, March 19, 2020 Event:   On March 18, 2020, the Department of State authorized the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to go on “ordered departure” status, which means the Embassy will be reducing personnel to emergency staffing levels.  The decision was based on a variety of factors, including the  cessation of commercial transportation options out of the country , the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Beirut International Airport Closure

Location:  U.S. Embassy Beirut Lebanon According to the local civil aviation authority, Rafic Hariri International Airport will close at 23:59 on March 18.  Commercial flight service from Rafic Hariri International Airport will be suspended until the airport reopens. All routine consular operations remain suspended.  The U.S. Embassy will send out an alert when routine consular operations resume, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  Suspension of Consular Services

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Suspension of Consular Services Location:  U.S. Embassy Beirut Lebanon The U.S. Embassy will suspend routine consular operations effective Monday, March 16.  This suspension will remain in effect until further notice. During the period of suspended operations, we will be providing emergency services to U.S. citizens on a case-by-case basis.  U.S. citizens …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Lebanon Event: On March 11, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon. The government of Lebanon announced on March 11, 2020 the temporary suspension of flights departing to Italy, Iran, China and South Korea.  Additionally, on March 12, the Directorate General of Civil …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location: Lebanon On March 9, 2020, the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health reported that there are 41 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon.   The government of Lebanon has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Anyone arriving in Lebanon displaying symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (January 3, 2020)

Event:  Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens in Lebanon to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. Actions to Take: Monitor our embassy website and local and international media for updates Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners. Have a contingency plan for …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (31 December 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (31 December 2019) Location: U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Awkar, Beirut, Lebanon Event: There is a call for protests today, December 31, in the Awkar area of Beirut. Lebanese security forces are planning to close roadways near the U.S. Embassy beginning at 1400. Actions to take: Monitor our embassy website …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (13 November 2019)

Security Alert – False Messages to U.S. Citizens (November 13, 2019) Event:  False reports have been circulating since yesterday evening, November 12, claiming to be from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.  The U.S. Embassy did not disseminate any messages to American citizens in the last 24 hours. The U.S. Embassy posts authoritative information on its …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (25 October 2019)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (25 October 2019) Location:  Countrywide Event:  Entering into a ninth day of countrywide protests, incidents of clashes between protestors and protest opponents are occurring, with some injuries reported.  Many roads remain blocked and airport access difficult. The Embassy continues to receive reports of shortages of essential items, such as groceries, gas, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (19 October 2019)

Location:  Widespread Throughout Lebanon Event:  Large protests continued until late in the night across Lebanon and commenced again this morning, October 19, 2019.  While protests remained largely peaceful, media are reporting sporadic clashes between protestors and security forces, isolated cases of looting and vandalism, some injuries, and two deaths in Tripoli and Beirut. Although some roads have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Location:  Widespread Throughout Lebanon Event:  Protests that started on the evening of October 17, are continuing throughout greater Beirut and other parts of Lebanon.  Road closures are affecting almost all Lebanese regions and vital highways, including roads surrounding the Beirut International Airport.  Due to the road closures and unrest, the Embassy has temporarily restricted off-compound …

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Security Alert-U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (17 October 2019)

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (17 October 2019) Location:  Beirut and Cities Throughout Lebanon Event:  Anti-government protests are going on in downtown Beirut and other cities in Lebanon.  Media are reporting thousands of people on the streets, with protestors in Beirut burning tires and blocking major arteries, including roads to the airport.  Riot police are …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, L ebanon (September 1, 2019) Event:  U.S. Embassy sources and press have reported that shelling along the southern border between Israel Defense Forces and Hezbollah has stopped.  Press also reported that both sides have communicated that the operations have ceased.   Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates Review …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon

The U.S. Embassy in Beirut reminds U.S. citizens that information on available consular services can be found at Travel.state.gov  or on individual U.S. embassy and consulate websites. In addition, all routine and urgent messages for U.S. citizens resident or traveling in Lebanon will be distributed by email to persons enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Beirut, Lebanon (March 20, 2019)

Location:  Awkar Square, Dbayeh, Lebanon Event: We are aware of reports that a number of organizations have called for a demonstration on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:00pm in Awkar Square, Dbayeh, to  protest  the U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to the region. Road closures are expected in the area. Public demonstrations have the potential to become …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Arab League Summit January 19-20, 2019

Location: Beirut Waterfront Area, Downtown Beirut Event: Lebanon will be hosting the 2019 Arab League Economic and Social Development Summit January 19th through January 20th. Due to visiting heads of state and other dignitaries, additional security measures will be implemented by the government of Lebanon that will impact routine traffic and access to the surrounding …

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Emergency Alert: Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.  We will not update this website until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.  The National Visa Center, National …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice. The Travel …

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