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DOS Notice of Embassy and Consulate Closings (Updated 10/17/14)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11151120 (posted Oct. 17, 2014)"

October 17, 2014
DOS notice that the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary will be closed for nonimmigrant visa services during the month of November, 2014. Extra appointments have been made available 10/15/14 through 10/28/14. Normal visa operations will resume in December, 2014.


July 15, 2014

DOS notice that the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines will be closed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in anticipation of inclement weather conditions related to Typhoon Rammasun/Glenda. Consular services have been suspended in order to safeguard the public and our employees. Individuals with scheduled visa interviews should monitor our website or contact our visa information service at 02-982-5555 to reschedule.


July 14, 2014

DOS notice that due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services.


July 9, 2014

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel is closed for routine services for both visas and services for U.S. citizens through 7/10/14 due to the current security situation. Emergency cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To ask for an emergency appointment, please e-mail NIVTelAviv@state.gov (for visas) or AMCTelAviv@state.gov (for U.S. Citizens Services) and explain the nature of your emergency.


May 16, 2014

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic will be closed for consular service between 6/11/14 and 6/15/14 due to relocation. Consular services will resume on 6/16/14 at the new embassy location in the sector of Arroyo Hondo.


May 10, 2014

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen remains closed for consular services until 5/15/14 due to recent attacks against Western interests.


May 7, 2014

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen is closed for consular services between 5/7/14 and 5/10/14 due to recent attacks against Western interests.


January 3, 2014

DOS notice that there will be a further drawdown of U.S. Embassy personnel from Juba due to the deteriorating security situation in South Sudan. The U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan will no longer provide any consular services to U.S. citizens in the Republic of South Sudan as of January 1, 2014.


December 15, 2013

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Juba, South Sudan is closed on 12/15/2013 due to ongoing security incidents and gunfire in multiple locations across Juba.


November 12, 2013

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines is closed for all routine American Citizen Services from 11/13/13 through 11/15/13 in order to assist with Typhoon Yolanda recovery efforts.


August 26, 2013

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be closed for visa interviews and routine business on Monday, August 26, 2013 due to the expectation of a large demonstration in Luneta in the vicinity of the Embassy.


August 20, 2013

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be closed on Tuesday, 8/20/13 due to severe flooding in and around metro Manila. The Embassy will also be closed on Wednesday, 8/21/13 in observance of Ninoy Aquino Day. Weather permitting, the Embassy will resume operations on Thursday, August 22, 2013.


August 19, 2013

DOS notice that the U.S. Embassy in Manila will be closed on Monday, 8/19/13 due to severe flooding in and around metro Manila.


August 14, 2013
DOS notice that there is limited visa services in the Netherlands Antilles-Curacao, and suspended visa services in Minsk, Cairo, Tripoli, Ponta Delgada, and Damascus. Notice also includes a list of countries that do not have a U.S. embassy or consulate.


August 5, 2013
DOS statement from 8/4/13 with an updated statement on embassy and consulate closures, listing the posts that were normally open on Sunday but were closed on 8/4/13 as well as a list of posts closed between 8/5/13 and 8/10/13.


August 5, 2013
DOS list of posts that will be closed Monday, August 5, 2013 through Saturday, August 10, 2013, due to security concerns.


August 2, 2013
DOS emergency message that certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates will remain closed or suspend operations on Sunday, 8/4/13, due to security concerns. Please check with your specific Embassy or Consulate to see if it will be open on Sunday.


July 15, 2013
U.S. Embassy in Egypt reopened on Monday, 7/15/13 with limited visa services. The Consular Section's capacity to respond to inquiries is limited due to the volume and consular services may experience unusual delays due to the current security environment.


June 12, 2013
Consular operations at the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou will be suspended on July 15, 2013, as part of the Consulate's move to a new facility. ACS services will be unavailable until July 22, 2013, and IVs for adoption cases will resume on July 24, 2013.


June 4, 2013
U.S. Embassy in Turkey public statement stating that because of protests and riots throughout the country, that visa services for non-U.S. citizens may be disrupted with little to no notice in the coming days.


May 14, 2013
DOS public statement stating that the U.S. Consulate Genera in Guangzhou, China will not be able to interview applicants on May 14-15, 2013 due to emergency reasons and people should check their website for latest schedule information and updates.


May 13, 2013
DOS press release stating that the Immigrant Visa Unit in Tripoli, Libya will be temporarily suspending immigrant visa services and all immigrant visa services for Libyans residing in Libya are currently being processed by the U.S. Consulate in Casablanca, Morocco


April 30, 2013
DOS press release stating that the Immigrant Visa Unit in Manila, Philippines will be temporarily closed to the public on Monday, May 13, 2013 and the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit in Manila will be closed on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 for a regular training day.


March 25, 2013
DOS press release stating that as of Monday, March 25th, 2013, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan will resume full consular services including non-immigrant visa (NIV) processing, follow-to-join refugee/asylee processing (visas 92/93), DNA testing and more.


January 30, 2013
U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia press release stating that the U.S. Embassy will be closed from Friday, February 1, 2013 to Monday, February 4, 2013 for the King Father's cremation and associated activities.

 
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