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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.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT)

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U.S. Department of State
Invites you to take action…
Your career starts by visiting our website at www.careers.state.gov where you can explore who we are, what we’re about, and more. It’s also where you can register for the next Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT).
All registrations for the Foreign Service Officer Test must be completed online. The link to online registration will be available at our website and the registration package must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the opening of the window. The test will be offered quarterly, each year, and registration for the FSOT will be open on a continuous basis.
* Applicants must be citizens of the United States.
* Applicants must be at least 20 years old
* Applicants must be available for worldwide assignment.
* No specific level in a foreign language is required for applicants.
* Next test at US Embassy Panama will be on February 5th, 2015 at 9:00 am.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: UPDATE – National Sovereignty Day

dos_imageNational Sovereignty Day is a Panamanian holiday, which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The incident is considered to be a significant factor in the U.S. decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama through the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama City advises all U.S. citizens in Panama that National Sovereignty Day will be observed this year on Friday, January 9, 2015. The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens to possible street closures and traffic congestion due to scheduled marches and other events around Panama City. All U.S. citizens are reminded of the sensitivity of this day and urged 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.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: National Sovereignty Day

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

dos_imageNational Sovereignty Day is a Panamanian holiday which commemorates the January 9, 1964 riots over sovereignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The incident is considered to be a significant factor in the U.S. decision to transfer control of the Canal Zone to Panama through the 1977 Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama City advises all U.S. citizens in Panama that National Sovereignty Day will be observed this year on Friday, January 9, 2015. All U.S. citizens are reminded of the sensitivity of this day and urged 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: Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) Overview

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

dos_imageAmerican Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy invites interested U.S. Citizens in Panama
to a FOREIGN ACCOUNT TAX COMPLIANCE ACT (FATCA) Overview with IRS Representatives

When: January 27, 2015
Where: TRYP Hotel
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Please register: https://fatcaoverview.eventbrite.com
Space is limited. Please register by January 10, 2015.

Please note: U.S. Legal Permanent Residents are also welcome to attend this event.

To submit a question for the IRS, please send it to Panama-ACS@state.gov by January 9, 2015 and it may be addressed during the event.

IMPORTANT: After registering, you will receive a message confirming your participation. You must present this confirmation along with proof of U.S. citizenship to enter the event. Thank-you for your cooperation.

Parking Information: Parking is available at the TRYP Hotel and at Albrook Mall

No Video Cameras or Video Recording Permitted

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on water contamination in Tole, Chiriqui

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

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The American Citizen Services Unit would like to inform U.S. citizens that Panama’s Ministry of Health (MOH) notified residents of Tole, Chiriqui that since this past Friday, December 26th, it has been safe to use the water for drinking, cooking, and all housework. The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN for its acronym in Spanish) recommends all residents run their faucets for two hours to guarantee the cleanliness of their water sources. For the complete notification from Panama’s Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN), please visit:

http://www.idaan.gob.pa/noticias/planta-potabilizadora-de-tol%C3%A9-reinicia-operaciones

Message for U.S. Citizens: Water Contamination in Tole, Chiriqui

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

The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to alert U.S. citizens traveling to and/or living in Panama to the message below from IDAAN, Panama’s Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers:

IDAAN SUSPENDS ITS PLANT OPERATIONS IN TOLE, CHIRIQUI

Panama, December 23, 2014

The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN for its acronym in Spanish) announces to its customers residing in Veladero, Pueblo Viejo, Portugal, El Matadero, La Mesa, part of Llano Limón and Tolé Cabecera, Chiriqui that as a preventive measure, the Tolé treatment plant is out of operation after the discovery of dead fish in the raw water intake, as recorded on Tuesday, December 23.

Specialized staff from the IDAAN Water Quality Department in Chiriqui are conducting surveys of the raw water intake, the distribution network and in the plant to ensure that they meet the quality standards required by law.

IDAAN seeks the understanding of all affected persons and urges them to take the necessary measures; IDAAN also reminds residents that they are supplying drinkable water by tanker trucks until the relevant entities determine the causes of the situation.

The original message can be found on IDAAN’s website at:
http://www.idaan.gob.pa/noticias/idaan-suspende-operaciones-en-planta-de-tole

Please access the following links from the Panamanian Ministry of Health and IDAAN for updates on this situation:

http://minsa.gob.pa/noticia/ministerio-de-salud-se-traslada-planta-potabilizadora-del-distrito-de-tole-para-investigar and http://www.idaan.gob.pa/noticias/idaan-suspende-operaciones-en-planta-de-tole