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April 2011 American Citizens Services (ACS) Newsletter

U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau

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Continuing Topics of Interest

Japan Travel Warning – Updated

On March 30, 2011 the Department of State updated the Travel Warning for Japan. In response to the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Energy, and other technical experts in the U.S. Government have reviewed the scientific and technical information they have collected from assets in country, as well as what the Government of Japan has disseminated. Consistent with the NRC guidelines that would apply to such a situation in the United States, we continue recommending, as a precaution, that U.S. citizens within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or take shelter indoors, if safe evacuation is not practical.

The full text of the Travel Warning is available at: Travel Warning: Japan

Make Your Appointments Early!

Summertime is our busy season! As you begin to put together your summer travel plans, please remember to book appointments early for all Consulate services. To avoid a visit to the Consulate, please use our mail-in service for adult passport renewals and added visa pages. See Passports for further details.

Also, for those planning trips in Asia, please keep in mind that many countries require travelers to have at least 6 months validity remaining on their passports. Airlines will deny boarding to those who do not meet this requirement. For specific details about entry and exit requirements for the country you plan to visit, please see our Country Information at Travel.State.Gov.

Global Entry Program

Have you noticed the new kiosks at U.S. airport immigration checkpoints? The Global Entry Program allows U.S. citizens and permanent residents to use Global Entry kiosks to speed their entry into the United States. Participants present their machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to the baggage claim and exit.

Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment.

For further details and enrollment requirements please check out the following website: Global Entry - About

Macau Day: April 13

On Wednesday, April 13, our staff will travel to Macau to provide limited consular services for American citizens. Services to be offered during this visit include voter registration, notarials (US$50 for each signature of the consular officer), passport application (US$105, US$110, or US$135 depending on age and type), birth registration (US$100 for each child), and adding additional visa pages (US$82 per set of pages). Please note that we will only be able to accept credit cards as payment - there are no cash transactions. Customers may pay using MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Diners Club or Discover card. Customers must present their card at the time of payment and the person whose name is listed on the card must be present to sign the payment slip. All charges will be in U.S. dollars.

Except for notary services, we will only accept applications and fees in Macau. Passports, additional pages and report of birth abroad applications will be completed at the Consulate and returned to you by post or you may make arrangements for pick up at the Consulate. If you need same day service for a passport renewal or added pages, please make an appointment online and make arrangements for your passport to be delivered to and fees paid at the Consulate.

Services will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Academy of Music (see map - PDF 867 KB), located at Rua de Santa Clara, No. 19, 2/F, adjacent to City Hall and near Catholic Social Services. Individuals who are physically challenged and/or require special arrangements to access this location may call (852) 2841-2211 in advance to facilitate access.

To enable us to best assist you in Macau:

  • Please check our website for information on what specific identification, forms, fees and supporting documents are required for each service. Download the appropriate forms and bring them with you.
  • Please present your U.S. passport for all services.
  • Please bring the original and one photocopy of each piece of identification and/or supporting document (such as passports, birth certificates, marriage and divorce certificates, Macau ID cards, etc.).

If you need a service not listed above, please contact us in advance at (852) 2841-2211. We may be able to bring with us what you need for that service.

Pandemic Influenza Awareness

Hong Kong remains at the "Alert Response Level" for pandemic influenza as the Hong Kong government continues to assess the nature and level of influenza risks. For recent updates related to the H5N1 virus in Hong Kong, please visit the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection's Influenza page or the Hong Kong government's Prevention of Avian Influenza page.

For more information about flu prevention, pandemic flu and the flu situation in the United States please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website: Flu.gov

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)

Also, please be aware of the volatile political situations in the Middle East and North Africa: Current Travel Warnings

As you make your travel plans, don’t forget to check the Bureau of Consular Affairs web site for the most current safety and security information. 

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

 


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. To contact the Consulate, please email acshk@state.gov.


Last modified: April 7, 2011

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