Category Archives: ACS Messages

Message for U.S. Citizens: Road Closures during the 2015 Summit of the Americas – Embassy Closure on Friday, April 10, 2015

Following is the latest ACS message (UPDATED April 1, 2015) :

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Due to the various activities and forums taking place during the Summit of the Americas, the Government of Panama plans to partially close a number of roads near the Atlapa Convention Center, Calle 50, Panama Viejo, and Corredor Sur from April 9 until April 11.

Please follow the link from U.S. Embassy Panama’s website below to access a map of expected closures:

· http://panama.usembassy.gov/soamaps.html

·http://spanish.panama.usembassy.gov/soamaps.html

More information is also available from local media outlets.

The Consular Section (Visas/American Citizen Services/Federal Benefits Unit) will be open to the public on Friday, April 10, 2015, for limited business by appointment only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov . Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada toll-free at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closed February 25

The latest ACS message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City follows:

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THE U.S. CONSULAR SECTION (AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES, FEDERAL BENEFITS, AND VISAS UNITS) WILL BE CLOSED ON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015, DUE TO STAFF TRAINING

The entire Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. No routine service will be available those days in the Visas, American Citizen Services, or Federal Benefits Units. If you are an American Citizen and have an emergency, please contact the Embassy at 317-5000 and they will put you in contact with the appropriate officer.

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see http://panama.usembassy.gov).

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LA SECCION CONSULAR (OFICINAS DE SERVICIOS A CIUDADANOS ESTADOUNIDENSES, BENEFICIOS FEDERALES Y VISAS) ESTARAN CERRADAS EL MIERCOLES, 25 DE FEBRERO DE 2015
POR ENTRENAMIENTO

La Sección Consular de la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en Panamá estará cerrada al público el día miercoles 25 de febrero de 2015. No se realizarán trámites de rutina en las secciones de Visas, Servicios a Ciudadanos Estadounidenses ni Beneficios Federales durante esos días. Si usted es un ciudadano estadounidense y tiene una emergencia, por favor llame a la Embajada al 317-5000, y ellos le pondrán en contacto con el oficial adecuado para atenderle.

La Sección Consular atenderá nuevamente al público en su horario regular (favor ver la siguiente página de internet: http://panama.usembassy.gov) a partir del día jueves, 26 de febrero de 2015.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Carnival in Panama 2015

Here is the latest ACS Message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

Today starts the annual Carnival celebration in Panama. This event is observed in Panama City and many towns throughout the country. While it is intended to be a fun celebration, it can also result in road closures and increased opportunity for crime. The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to draw your attention to the following information:

Currently available information indicates that The Government of Panama currently plans to close down the Cinta Costera from 1:00pm Friday, February 13th until 12:00n Wednesday February 18th. The maps below show information regarding access to, and flow of, the event. More information is available from www.visitpanama.gov or local media outlets.

Remember as you travel to and from the event, traffic is likely to be heavy and rerouted. Be cognizant particularly in potentially high-crime areas such as:
Plaza 5 de Mayo, Avenida B, Avenida Cuba, Avenida Peru, and Avenida Central

Avoid drawing attention to yourself and thereby increasing your chances of becoming a target for crime:
*Do not wear expensive jewelry or hand-carry cameras.
*Avoid displaying large amounts of money. Keep cash in separate locations on your person.
*We recommend not carrying large bags, purses, etc.
*Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
*Use sunscreen.

For those traveling to the Interior, also keep in mind the following:
*Make sure you get enough sleep before driving long hours.
*Hantavirus and Dengue have been confirmed in some areas.
*Remember to bring mosquito repellent.
*File a travel locator with RSO and make sure you leave a copy of your keys and alarm code with someone who can access your residence in an emergency.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in Boquete, Chiriquí – March 4, 2015

Here is the latest ACS message fro the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting Boquete, Chiriqui on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Boquete Public Library in Boquete, Chiriqui from 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. We will offer the following services:

– Applications for U.S. passports (these services will be processed in Panama)

– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

– Adding Pages to Passports (requires surrendering passport)

– Lost or Stolen Passports

– Notarizations

– Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status (please bring from I-407 and Permanent Resident Card)

– Voting Registration (Please print and complete the form at: http://registertovote.org/index.html)

IMPORTANT NOTICE

1. Please bring photocopies of all documents to be submitted.

2. Please bring the exact cash amount to pay for the service.

3. Please bring completed forms. Please access the following link for information on fees, and forms you need to download, complete and bring: http://panama.usembassy.gov/service.html

A representative from the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) will be offering the following services:

– Complete proof of life forms (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– Medicare enrollment/cancellation (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– Application for SS replacement cards (copy of current US Passport)

– Application for new SS card for children under age 12 (copy of US Passport for one of the parents, the child’s copia integra and passport)

– Change of address/residence (copy of current passport or cedula will be required)

– General inquiries

Please note: No visa services will be provided. Services will be provided on first come – first serve basis.

Thank you for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Panama

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Benefits

Here is the latest ACS message from the FBU in the U.S. Embassy in panama City.

U.S. Embassy Panama
Consular Section
Federal Benefits Unit

The Social Security Administration recently informed us that there are still over 300 Social Security recipients residing in Panama who have not returned their proof of life form. In May/June of each year these forms are sent to the mailing address recipients have on record with the SSA. A second request is mailed in October.

If you meet any of the conditions below, you were required to comply with this requirement in 2014:

  • Beneficiary with a representative payee or
  • Beneficiary aged 90 and over or
  • The terminal digits of your SSN ends in 00 – 49

If you have not yet returned your proof of life form to the Federal Benefits Unit or if you wish to obtain a blank form, please contact us immediately. The Social Security Administration will start suspending benefits in February 2015.

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: March for Justice and Dignity Protest

Here is the latest ACS message from the U.S. Embassy in Panama City.

American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to make U.S. citizens in Panama aware of an organized march, the “March for Justice and Dignity Protest,” which is scheduled to take place tomorrow, January 29, 2015 at 4PM in Panama City. Currently available information indicates that this is intended to be a peaceful protest against corruption that will begin in the vicinity of the Iglesia del Carmen, on the intersection of Via España with Federico Boyd, and which should conclude near the Parque Porras on Avenida Peru. Other areas could see similar marches or demonstrations. Some schools have cancelled after-school activities for tomorrow in anticipation of additional traffic congestion which could impact bus routes. The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to possible street closures and traffic congestion as other areas could see similar marches or demonstrations. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.

For up-to-date information on security, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov. Further information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Panama are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling, you make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in case of an emergency.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Make sure your ballots arrive in 2015

The latest ACS message follows:

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Make sure your ballots arrive in 2015

Register now and request your ballots for the year

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at FVAP.gov:

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you won’t have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you’re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.

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If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAP’s call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584, or at vote@fvap.gov. Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at FVAP.gov. Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Social Security Town Hall Meeting

Following is the latest ACS message.

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The Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Embassy
invites U.S. Social Security beneficiaries in Panama
to a Social Security Town Hall Meeting with the U.S. Social Security Regional Officer

The Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to inform U.S. Social Security beneficiaries in Panama that a U.S. Social Security Representative will be coming to Panama and will host a Town Hall Meeting to provide general information and a question and answer session.

When: January 28, 2015

Where: Center for English Language Immersion (CELI) Located in Via España, Edificio Cromos, First Floor, in front of Galerías Obarrio (next to Caja de Ahorros, Casa Matriz). One block from the Via Argentina metro stop

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please register: http://socialsecuritypanama.eventbrite.com

Space is limited. Please register by January 22, 2015.

IMPORTANT: After registering, you will receive a message confirming your participation. You must present this confirmation to enter the event. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parking Information: There is limited parking available, but you may use the Via Argentina Metro stop.