Tag Archives: ACS

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.

dos_image
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

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: TRAVEL ALERT – WORLDWIDE

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

The lone wolf attack in Sydney, Australia on December 15, 2014, resulting in the deaths of two hostages, is a reminder that U.S. citizens should be extra cautious, maintain a very high level of vigilance, and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal security. This Travel Alert expires on March 19, 2015.

An analysis of past attacks and threat reporting strongly suggests a focus by terrorists not only on the targeting of U.S. government facilities but also on hotels, shopping areas, places of worship, and schools, among other targets, during or coinciding with this holiday period. U.S. citizens abroad should be mindful that terrorists groups and those inspired by them can pose unpredictable threats in public venues. U.S. citizens should remain alert to local conditions and for signs of danger.

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

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).

Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Tips and Suggestions

Here is the latest ACS Message.

The American Citizen Services unit at the U.S. Embassy would like to wish you a safe and happy holiday season. Now that the holidays are upon us, here are a few hints and tips that may help you to have a safe and secure holiday season.

Crime and Safety

As you are out and about shopping for gifts, criminals are out looking for targets. Unfortunately, regardless of country, there is usually an increase in thefts and robberies during the holiday season. Here are a few things you can do to make yourself a more difficult target:

· Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious activity that may indicate that you are being targeted. If you note suspicious behavior, go somewhere safe, such as back into a store or mall, and consider informing store security of the person(s) you are concerned about.

· Keep control of your packages, purses, wallets, and other belongings. Do not over-burden yourself with packages and whenever possible keep a hand free.

· Be mindful that disturbances such as loud arguments, people bumping into you, or people dropping things near you may actually be used as distractions to allow an accomplice to steal from you. Ensure that you still have all of your possessions after someone bumps into you.

· When you place packages in your vehicle, ensure that the packages are not visible from the outside where they could be a source of temptation for a criminal. When driving, keep your windows up and doors locked.

· Your credit card information is both valuable and vulnerable. Please safeguard it accordingly and check your bank statements periodically.

U.S. Embassy Outreach in David – December 10th

Here is the information on the December U.S. Embassy Outreach in David. You will already have received this message if you are registered on STEP.

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, December 10, 2014 to provide consular services to U.S. citizens.

We will be at the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. 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

In addition, a representative from the Embassy’s security office will be providing a Presentation on Personal Security Practices on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:00am-10:00am in the Ciudad de David Hotel in David, Chiriqui. This event will be open to the public and all interested U.S. citizens are encouraged to attend.

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: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Message for U.S. Citizens
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
21 October 2014

Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, should immediately complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, go ahead and complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice. Continue reading Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots