Subject: AMERICAN CITIZEN SERVICES NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009

 

U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul

Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter

OCTOBER 2009

 

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please disseminate this message broadly to other U.S. citizens.

 

In this issue:

 

1. Introduction of new American Citizens Services Chief, Buck Waldrop

2. Online Passport Form Wizard makes applications a breeze!

3. Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Influenza Information

4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea

5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts

6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: October 12, 2009 (Columbus Day)

7. Embassy Contact Information

 

 

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1. Introduction of New American Citizens Services Chief, Buck Waldrop

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New ACS Chief Robert “Buck” Waldrop arrived in Seoul mid-August from Washington, DC, where he had served in the Visa Office at the Department of State.  Buck takes the place of the previous ACS chief, Hale VanKoughnett, who who has transferred to our Embassy in Manila.  Buck brings with him a wealth of consular experience having served as a consular officer in Manila, Panama, Papua New Guinea and Matamoros, Mexico on the Texas/Mexican border, and having served in the Consular Affairs Bureau in Washington in the Office of Overseas Citizen Services, Office of Fraud Prevention and the Visa Office.  Buck was an Army officer for several years before joining the Foreign Service and served in Yongsan from 1987-88.  He had not seen Korea for 21 years until returning in August, and was amazed at how much Seoul has grown and developed.  Buck’s wife and younger daughter who attends a local international high school have accompanied him to Korea.  He is excited to be in Seoul for a three-year tour and looks forward to meeting and working with many of you in the months ahead.

 

 

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2. Online Passport Form Wizard Makes Applications a Breeze!

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The U.S. Department of State has prepared an online wizard allowing you to fill-in the data fields of a Passport application and prepare a hardcopy all in a few simple steps.  After filling out your application on-line, print and bring your application with you to your appointment.  You can access the required forms using the Passport Wizard at the following site:  https://pptform.state.gov/?Submit=COMPLETE+FORM+DS-4085+ONLINE. 

 

Additional information about passport services may be found here:  http://seoul.usembassy.gov/us_passports.html.  The American Citizen Services Branch of the US Embassy in Seoul encourages all citizens needing passport services to use the electronic application form as it will significantly decrease the time needed to process your application and increase the accuracy of the data entered for you.

 

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3. H1N1 Influenza Information

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Information on H1N1 Influenza is constantly being updated.  For the latest information on this issue, please remember to regularly check the Department of State’s official webpage on H1N1: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html 

 

The Korean Government’s website on H1N1 is a prominent link on the Korean Centers for Disease Control’s main page (all in Korean):

http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/

 

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4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea

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The Embassy encourages all schools, business groups, churches and missionary organizations, private companies, and other entities with a nucleus of American citizens to make sure that the Embassy has a point of contact for your group.  To ensure that your group is kept fully informed by the Embassy:

--Sign your group up at: http://asktheconsul.org/ to receive this newsletter and Embassy warden messages through your group's generic email address; 

--If you have a group that will be in Korea for a fixed period of time, register them at: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/pages/common/CreateAccountStart.aspx following the instructions under "New Organizational User";

--Send an email to the Embassy at Seoul_ACS@state.gov giving the name of your organization, a point of contact (POC), email address, phone number, and any other contact information.  It is not necessary that your POC be an American citizen.  The Embassy will use this information to contact your group in an emergency.  Please type "Group Contact Info" on the subject line of your email.   

 

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5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts

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The U.S. Department of State has recently issued travel warnings or travel alerts for the following countries and regions:

 

Worldwide Caution July 29, 2009

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html

 

H1N1 Flu Outbreak Information

http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html 

 

Travel Alerts

China   09/25/2009
Mozambique   09/23/2009
Germany   09/23/2009
India   09/12/2009
Uganda   09/11/2009
China   09/09/2009
Mauritania   09/01/2009
Tanzania (including Zanzibar)   08/28/2009
Mexico   08/20/2009
Honduras   07/24/2009

 

Travel Warnings

Guinea    10/01/2009
Lebanon    09/29/2009
Cote d'Ivoire    09/22/2009
Philippines    09/17/2009
Congo, Democratic Republic of the    09/01/2009
Mali    08/31/2009
Eritrea    08/28/2009
Central African Republic    08/19/2009
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza    08/14/2009

 

For additional information about these travel warnings and alerts, please go to this site:

 

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

 

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6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: October 12, 2009 (Columbus Day)

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The Embassy will be closed on the following day:

 

October 12, 2009 (Monday) Observance of Columbus Day (U.S. Holiday)

 

 

Please be advised that the days just before and after a holiday are always very busy in the American Citizen Services Unit of the Embassy.  Do not be surprised at a significantly longer wait for consular services on those days.  If you do not have an urgent need for an ACS service, consider coming to the Embassy on a day that is less likely to be busy.   

 

A complete list of all of our holiday closings for 2009 and 2010 is available on-line at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/holidays.html.

 

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7. Embassy Contact Information

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American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy Seoul

32, Sejongno, Jongno-gu

Seoul 110-710, Korea

 

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American Citizen Services

U.S. Embassy, Seoul

Unit #15550

APO AP 96205-5550

 

Tel: 02-397-4114

Fax: 02-397-4101

DSN: 721-4114

English:  http://www.asktheconsul.org/

Korean:  http://www.usavisas.org/

E-mail:  seoul_acs@state.gov

 

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