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February 2011 American Citizens Services (ACS) Newsletter

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

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Continuing Topics of Interest

Egypt Information

If you have friends or family members traveling in Egypt and require information regarding the current situation, please visit our Travel.State.Gov website, which provides details for American citizens needing assistance, including evacuation assistance. In addition, you can find the January 30 Travel Warning for Egypt advising all U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Egypt due to ongoing political and social unrest at: Travel Warning: Egypt (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5263.html).

New Processing for Reports of Birth Abroad

The Department of State is currently implementing a systematic upgrade in the way consular offices worldwide print certificates for U.S. citizens born abroad (CRBAs). CRBA processing has thus been temporarily suspended. CRBA appointments will still be available through the online appointment system, but CRBA processing for newborns will be delayed until the upgrade is complete. Passports will be issued for babies with planned travel. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at acshk@state.gov.

Upcoming Closures

The Consulate will be closed to the public at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 and all day on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4 in observance of Lunar New Year and on February 21 in observance of President's Day. The Consular Section will be closed on Thursday, February 10 for a staff training day.

For the most up-to-date information about the Consulate's business hours, please see Hours and Holidays.

Pandemic Influenza Awareness

Hong Kong is currently at the "Alert Response Level" for pandemic influenza. The Hong Kong government continues to assess the nature and level of influenza risks. For further information, please visit the Prevention of Avian Influenza page from the Hong Kong government website: Prevention of Avian Influenza.

We would like to remind you of a few tips from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep you healthy.

  • Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people, so remember to take everyday actions to stay healthy.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.
  • Stay informed. Please watch and listen to local news for updates on the avian flu. You may also visit the Prevention of Avian Influenza page from the Hong Kong government website: Prevention of Avian Influenza and the CDC website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Stay Informed! Stay Connected! Stay Safe! Sign up for our free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (formerly known as "Travel Registration" or "Registration with Embassies") to receive the latest travel updates and information!

When you sign up, you will automatically receive the most current information we compile about the country where you will be traveling or living. You will also receive updates, including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts (where appropriate). You only need to sign up once, and then you can add and delete trips from your account based on your current travel plans!

The travel and contact information you enter into our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program will make it easier for consular officers in U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to contact you and your loved ones during an emergency --including situations where your family or friends in the U.S. are having problems trying to contact you with important news.

Travel Safety Notices and Updates

Worldwide Caution: On January 31, the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution to all American citizens regarding the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. For additional information, you may find the Worldwide Caution here: Worldwide Caution

The following Travel Warnings and Alerts remain in effect for the East Asia and Pacific Region:

  • Nepal (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_927.html)
  • Philippines (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_2190.html)

As you make your travel plans, don't forget to check Travel.State.Gov for the most current safety and security information. 

You may also receive travel alert tweets by joining the Twitter for Bureau of Consular Affairs. 

American Citizens Services Fees

Reminder: New American Citizens Services fees took effect on July 13. A full list of current fees can be viewed.

 


This newsletter is published by the American Citizens Services Unit, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau. Tel: 2841-2211; fax: 2845-4845; e-mail: acshk@state.gov; website: American Citizens Services. All services are by online appointment only. The return address listed above does not accept replies directly from this message.


Last modified: February 2, 2011