Messages for U.S. Citizens – Coffee with U.S. Ambassador in Esteli, new worldwide travel alert, and Embassy Newsletter

Coffee with Ambassador Dogu in Esteli

Ambassador Dogu will be in Esteli on December 4, 2015, and is inviting U.S. citizens in the area to come join her for coffee and conversation from 7:45 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. in the restaurant of the Hotel Arcos.  Our new American Citizen Services officer, Karen Bettencourt, will also be on hand to take your questions.

New Worldwide Travel Alert

Please read the Department of State’s new worldwide travel alert, issued yesterday.

Useful Reminders of Upcoming Deadlines (many covered in more detail in the attached newsletter)

Today – Please enroll in STEP, if you are not already.

Today – Please check your passport expiration date immediately.  If you plan to travel for the holidays and find that your passport has expired or will expire during your planned travels, please make an appointment to renew your passport as soon as possible.

November 26, 2015 – Be thankful you are in Nicaragua, and take the opportunity to review your crisis preparedness with your family.

December 4, 2015 – Meet the new U.S. Ambassador and the American Citizen Services Officer for coffee at Hotel Arcos in Estelí at 7:45 a.m.

December 9, 2015 – Meet the new U.S. Ambassador and the Consul General in León at Hotel La Perla at 10:00 a.m.

December 30, 2015 – Last day extra pages can be added to U.S. passports.

January 1, 2016 – New Year’s Resolution:  If you are interested in assisting the U.S. citizen community in Nicaragua, consider volunteering to serve as a Warden.  Another way to assist fellow U.S. citizens would be to send us information about organizations you know that could help U.S. citizens in need in the country.

January 1, 2016 – First day many voting precincts in the United States will accept voter registrations for the 2016 U.S. elections.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100.  For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov.

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104.  Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment online.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad“, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.