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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Services Closed, August 22, 2013

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MESSAGE TO U.S. CITIZENS

August 21, 2013

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.

 

Consular Services Closed, August 22, 2013

 

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that consular services will remain suspended on Thursday, August 22, 2013. We expect to resume normal consular services on Friday, August 23, 2013. However, the American Citizen Services unit (ACS) will be open on Thursday for only
emergency services.

 

For U.S. citizens with American Citizen Services appointments, please either re-schedule your appointment by visiting our web site or await contact by the ACS unit in the next few days. Individuals with scheduled visa interviews should watch our website or contact our visa information service at 02-982-5555 to reschedule. 


 

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website http://manila.usembassy.gov/ for updated information. 


The Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines and is open 0730-1600, Monday through Friday.  The Embassy's main telephone number is (632) 301-2000.  U.S. citizens needing to speak to the Embassy can dial this number and ask to be connected to the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit or with the Embassy Duty Officer (for calls outside of normal business hours).  You can also contact the ACS unit through email at [email protected] or through the Embassy Facebook page.  Please visit our website for information on all services offered by the ACS unit.


We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens travelling to or residing in the Philippines enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)program. Registering gives you access to updated information on travel and security within the Philippines and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact you in case of emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.



You can also stay up to date by bookmarking the Department of State's website, which contains all current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, as well as the current Worldwide Caution.  Please consult the Country Specific Information on the Philippines, for general information about the Philippines. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website. 


Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers in other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can stay up to date by "following" us on Twitter and "liking" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Facebook.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.



 

 

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MESSAGE TO U.S. CITIZENS

August 21, 2013

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. THANK YOU.

 

Consular Services Closed, August 22, 2013

 

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that consular services will remain suspended on Thursday, August 22, 2013. We expect to resume normal consular services on Friday, August 23, 2013. However, the American Citizen Services unit (ACS) will be open on Thursday for only

emergency services.

 

For U.S. citizens with American Citizen Services appointments, please either re-schedule your appointment by visiting our web site or await contact by the ACS unit in the next few days. Individuals with scheduled visa interviews should watch our website or contact our visa information service at 02-982-5555 to reschedule. 

 

Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website http://manila.usembassy.gov/ for updated information. 

The Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines and is open 0730-1600, Monday through Friday.  The Embassy's main telephone number is (632) 301-2000.  U.S. citizens needing to speak to the Embassy can dial this number and ask to be connected to the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit or with the Embassy Duty Officer (for calls outside of normal business hours).  You can also contact the ACS unit through email at [email protected] or through the Embassy Facebook page.  Please visit our website for information on all services offered by the ACS unit.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens travelling to or residing in the Philippines enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)program. Registering gives you access to updated information on travel and security within the Philippines and makes it easier for the Embassy to contact you in case of emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

You can also stay up to date by bookmarking the Department of State's website, which contains all current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, as well as the current Worldwide Caution.  Please consult the Country Specific Information on the Philippines, for general information about the Philippines. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website. 

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 for callers in other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  You can stay up to date by "following" us on Twitter and "liking" the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Facebook.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.

 

 

In addition, those whose appointments were cancelled are reporting problems with the system not allowing them to reschedule. I expect this will continue until the embassy is back up and running, possibly Friday, but probably next week as things are a real mess up there.

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Salty Dog

Saw this on their Facebook site. Reading the comments, I was surprised how many Filipinos go there every day for interviews. They must get thousands of request a year.

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USMC-Retired

I read it is the busiest embassy in the world for the USA. That really messes things up if people flew in for appointments or other services then to be turned away till an unknown day.

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