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Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protest Near the U.S. Embassy

Here is the latest ACS message.

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The U.S. Embassy in Panama City informs U.S. citizens that it has received an unconfirmed report of a possible protest this morning, June 23, 2015, at or near the U.S. Embassy. All U.S. citizens are reminded to remain diligent in your personal security.

U.S. Citizens should plan their travel accordingly and avoid all confrontations. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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).

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Panama enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.Gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is 317-5000.

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure-July 2 and July 3, 2015

Here is the latest ACS message,

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THE CONSULAR SECTION (AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES, FEDERAL BENEFITS, AND VISAS UNITS) WILL BE CLOSED ON
THURSDAY, JULY 2 AND FRIDAY, JULY 3

The Consular Section (Visas/American Citizen Services/Federal Benefits Unit) at the United States Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Thursday, July 2, 2015 for an internal event and Friday, July 3, 2015 for Independence Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. No routine service will be available in the Consular Section. 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 Monday, July 6, 2015, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see http://panama.usembassy.gov).

Message for U.S. Citizens: Embassy Closure on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Here is the latest ACS message.

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THE U.S. EMBASSY PANAMA WILL BE CLOSED WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2015, BEGINNING AT 2:30PM

The U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 beginning at 2:30PM due to emergency HVAC repairs affecting the entire Embassy Compound. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. No routine service will be available in the 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, June 18, 2015, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see http://panama.usembassy.gov).

Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Outreach in David, Panama June 2015

The latest ACS message follows:


The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Panama would like to remind U.S. citizens in Western Panama that we will be visiting David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN FEDERAL BENEFITS SERVICES BELOW.

We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. We will offer the following services:

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

– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

– Lost or Stolen Passports

– Notarizations

– 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:

– Proof of life forms will NOT be processed during this outreach event

– Applications for Social Security Benefits (visit the following link for the list of required supporting documents: http://panama.usembassy.gov/benefits.html)

– 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: ACS and FBU Closed June 3, 2015

Here is the latest ACS Message.


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THE AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES AND FEDERAL BENEFITS UNITS AT THE U.S. EMBASSY PANAMA WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015, FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PURPOSES

The American Citizen Services and Federal Benefits Units of the U.S. Embassy in Panama will be closed to the public on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. No routine service will be available those days in the 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, June 4, 2015, the Consular Section will resume full operations with its regular schedule (please see http://panama.usembassy.gov).

Message for U.S. Citizens: Outreach in David, Chiriqui June 2015

Follwing is the ACS message on the U.S. Embassy Outreach:

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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 David, Chiriqui on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Hotel Ciudad de David in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. We will offer the following services:

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

– Passport Renewal (adults and minors)

– Lost or Stolen Passports

– Notarizations

– 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: Strong Waves on the Pacific Coast

Following is the latest ACS message:

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Due to the presence of strong waves on the Pacific coast this past weekend, SINAPROC (Civil Protection Authority Panama) has set a “Green Alert” warning for all beaches. Large waves and unsafe swimming conditions are expected to continue until 4:00 p.m. on May 15th.

A “Green Alert” is a warning for individuals to avoid the beach due to unsafe swimming conditions. In addition, the Panamanian Maritime Authority issued a statement suspending the departure of small vessels from the Panamanian Pacific coast to avoid any emergency situations due to unsafe conditions.

Swell is the movement of the waves (also called swell or wave system) that spreads outside the area where it has generated, and can reach remote places. The swell should not be confused with the tsunami, which are due to earthquakes in the seabed.

SINAPROC has placed a red flag on all beaches to prohibit swimming. U.S. Embassy Panama advises all individuals to heed this warning and avoid Panamanian beaches on the Pacific coast until the green alert has been raised.

For more information in Spanish, please click on the following link:

http://www.sinaproc.gob.pa/nota-numero-1237.html

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: 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.