COVID-19 Information

Updated April 8, 2020 View U.S. Embassy Athens’ Most Recent Alerts Enroll or unsubscribe in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) Flight Information: There are no direct flights from Greece to the United States.  The list below includes flights that are currently scheduled; however this information may not be exhaustive and is subject to change at any time by the airlines.  Contact the airlines directly for confirmation …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Current Status of Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Applications

Message to U.S. Citizens:  Current Status of Passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad Applications (April 8, 2020) Effective April 2, the Department of States ceased printing and shipping full validity passports (five year passports for minors under 16, 10 year passports for those aged 16 and older) and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – residency permits

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 6, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece – New information on applying for Greek residency permits International commercial flight options currently exist in Greece.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – stimulus checks

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece – Where to find information on COVID-19 stimulus checks International commercial flight options currently exist in Greece.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – extension of 90 days

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 2, 2020) Location:  Greece Event:  Daily COVID-19 update to U.S. citizens in Greece:  How to apply for an extension of your 90 day visa-free entry The Department of State continues to urge U.S. citizens abroad considering a return to the United States to depart immediately while commercial flight …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – departure flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece, March 31, 2020 Location: Greece Event: Daily message to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19:  Departure flights U.S. citizens intending to return to the United States should do so immediately. Aegean, Air France, Qatar, and Swiss Air operate flights departing from Athens that connect through cities with flights to …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – what the government can and can’t do in a crisis

Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event:  Today’s daily update to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19 and local conditions:  What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis Commercial flights continue to operate.  If you would like to return to the United States, possible flight options are available on our COVID-19 website.  …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – departure flights

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event:   Today’s daily update to U.S. citizens in Greece regarding COVID-19 and local conditions:  A list of airlines and possible flights options for your purchase and return to the United States.  Please be advised that there are no direct flights from Greece to the United States.  The list below …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – movement permits

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Location:  Greece Event: The U.S. Embassy in Athens will be sending a daily update to ensure that all U.S. citizens in Greece have the latest information on COVID-19 and local conditions in Greece. Greece has confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the country.  U.S. citizens who live in the United …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – do not travel

Location:  Greece   Event: On March 19, the Department of State issued a  Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19  advising all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of COVID-19.    U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  Travelers should be …

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece – emergency consular services only

Location:  Greece Event:  In keeping with Greek government guidelines on social distancing, only emergency American Citizen Services and emergency visa services will be available at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, and all consular services will be suspended at the Consulate General in Thessaloniki as of March 19. The  CDC advises travelers to avoid nonessential travel to Europe  and  State Department currently recommends U.S. citizens reconsider travel . See CDC information regarding  high-risk traveler categories.  See also the Global …

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Update on Travel Restrictions to the United States

Updated March 13, 2020 For the most current information regarding COVID-19, the March 11 Presidential proclamation, and its impact on travel to the United States, please visit  www.dhs.gov  and  www.whitehouse.gov /.  You will find information about President Trump’s March 11 proclamation regarding the travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen zone. The restrictions …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki 

Location:  Lesvos, Chios, Samos, and Evros land border Event:  Large numbers of migrants and refugees are gathered at multiple locations along the Greek-Turkish border.  Roadblocks and protests—including some violent clashes—have broken out and continue to occur on the island of Lesvos and the land border in the Evros region. The Embassy has received reports of …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 26 and 27, 2020

American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are available …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki

Location: Greece Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The State Department is advising U.S. citizens of heightened security risks worldwide. U.S. Embassy Athens reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security.  The Embassy will …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Location: Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, security measures in Greece remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe.  Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece Location:  Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia; in Thessalonki, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) in Thessaloniki with a march to the Consulate General. Event:  Large demonstrations with 10,000 to …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019 American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public sector transportation employees plan to strike beginning at 5:00 a.m. on October 2, 2019.  Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens metro, railways, and trains will strike 24 hours; buses and trolleys will not operate 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – midnight in Athens and reduced schedules in …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Karpathos on September 25 & 26, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Karpathos on September 25 and 26, 2019       Residents of the Dodecanese are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits services.  Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Location:  Expected gathering points include The Arch of Galerius (Kamara), Aristotle Square, Venizelos statue, the University campus, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki International Fair grounds (International Exhibition and Congress Center). Event:  Large demonstrations potentially reaching in the tens of thousands of participants are expected in Thessaloniki during the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) September 7-15 related to …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ferry Strike in Greece

Strike Alert:  One-day strike of the Greek Seamen Union (July 3, 2019) Locations:  Athens and locations throughout Greece with ferry service Events:  All ferries in Greece scheduled for Wednesday July 3 have been cancelled due to a strike by the Seamen Union.  According to information available to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, this strike will run twenty-four hours. Actions …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Chios on May 22, 2019

Northern Aegean residents are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, May 22 as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services.  Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, documenting children’s births in Greece to U.S. citizen parent(s), and providing limited notarial services. …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Expected gathering point is Eleftherias Park adjacent to the Megaro Mousikis with a march to the U.S. Embassy. Event:  A demonstration with hundreds of participants or more is expected to take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. today, Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Anarchist groups intend to protest U.S. policy on Venezuela. U.S. government personnel have been advised …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (May 1, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are at or near Syntagma Square with a possible march to or by the U.S. Embassy. Event:  Multiple demonstrations with up to 1,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Iraklio, Crete on April 3 and 4, 2019

  Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, 2019, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services at the Municipal building on 2 Androgeo Str., Iraklio.  Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Thessaloniki, March 20 and 21, 2019

  Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, March 20 and 21, 2019       American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 as they provide Consular, Immigration and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (February 14, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a possible march to the U.S. Consulate General continuing to the Port of Thessaloniki. Event:  Demonstrations with up to 1,500 or more participants are expected to …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (January 24, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are the U.S. Embassy, Eleftherias Park and Syntagma Square; in Thessaloniki, the White Tower, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street), and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a march to the U.S. Consulate General. Event:  …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (January 18, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are Syntagma Square and Athens University in Propylea, with staging points at the Katehaki metro and the Temple of Zeus. Event:  Large demonstrations with 150,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including, but not specific to, Greece.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. …

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Demonstration Alert-U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (November 16, 2018) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to  Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia; in Thessalonki, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) with a march to the Consulate General. Event:  Large demonstrations with 10,000 …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Thessaloniki, October 4 and 5, 2018

American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are available by …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 17, 2018) Location:     Announced gathering point is Venizelos statue (78, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. Consulate General Event:           A demonstration protesting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel is expected to take place May 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. Actions to Take:  Keep …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 15, 2018) Location:      Athens – Announced gathering point is Megaro Mousikis metro station followed by a march to U.S. and Israeli Embassies Thessaloniki –  Announced gathering point is Arch of Galerius – Kamara (142, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (April 30, 2018)

  Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (April 30, 2018) Locations: Athens – Announced gathering points are Syntagma Square followed by a march to U.S. Embassy Athens, Omonia Square, Klafthmonos Square, Archeological Museum, Areos Park, and Karaiskakis Square in Piraeus. Thessaloniki – Announced gathering points are Agias Sofias Square, Arch of …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens (April 17, 2018) Locations: Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square followed by a march to U.S Embassy Athens Announced gathering points are Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia St.) followed by separate marches to U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki. Events: Athens – A demonstration is expected to take …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 16, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Athens University (Propylaia- Panepistimiou Ave.) with a march to U.S. Embassy Athens. Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place today, April 16, 2018, beginning at 12 noon.  Greek leftist groups intend to protest U.S. coalition action in …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 13, 2018) Locations: Megaro Musikis station and park to the U.S. Embassy Downtown Thessaloniki – Venizelos Statue (78, Egnatia Street) Event: Athens – Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest possible U.S. action in Syria and military presence in the Aegean and Mediterranean starting at …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece with a march to the Israeli Embassy. Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on April 3, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Greek leftist groups and Palestinians living in Greece intend protest U.S. policy …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Hania, Crete

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Hania, Crete on March 23, 2018       Athens – Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Friday, March 23, 2018, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services.  Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Chios on March 15 and 16, 2018

Athens – Residents of Chios are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2018, as they provide consular, federal benefits and Immigration services in Chios. Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, documenting children’s births in Greece to …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018) Location:  March from Athens’ Syntagma Square up Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the U.S. Embassy Athens. Event: PAME (Greek Trade Union Front) and the Communist Party (KKE) have announced plans to protest U.S. government policies starting at 18:30, Tuesday, February 27.  Reports indicate the participants …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. Event: Large demonstration (upwards of 500,000 participants according to media reports) expected to take place on February 4 beginning at 2 p.m. The group intends to protest the use of the term ‘Macedonia’ by …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018) Location: Announced gathering point is Rigillis Square Square in Athens, Greece. Protesters will march to 131 Mesogion Avenue, political party Golden Dawn’s offices. Event: Demonstration by anarchists expected to take place on February 3 beginning at 6 p.m. The group intends to protest Golden …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and February 2

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and 2, 2018 * U.S. Embassy Athens was unable to send this message until now because of the budget uncertainty and federal government shutdown.  We plan to be in Thessaloniki again in late May (dates TBD).* American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. …

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Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Health and Safety Announcements

    U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health and Safety Announcement from Hellenic Food Authority on Possible Tainted Food December 20, 2017   The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) published an announcement concerning the claims of the Anarchist Group “Blackgreen Arsons” that it has poisoned specific brands and products in random …

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Worldwide Caution, December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide …

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Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, June 8 and June 9

Athens –    Residents of Northern Greece are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 as they provide consular, federal benefits and immigration services at the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki.  Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and …

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July 4th Voting Message, June 29, 2016

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections!  To vote in the November 2016 elections, U.S. citizens overseas must submit a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016 requesting an absentee ballot.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already voted absentee in past elections, you must complete …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Seminar on U.S. Tax Issues, January 20, 2016

SUNY Empire State College, and New York College in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service & the American Legion cordially invites you to attend a seminar by Mr. Bryan Larson, Commercial Counselor, Embassy of the United States of America, and Dr. Chris Holidis, U.S. Tax, Financial & Intl Business Advisor on “Investing in the United States …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Ferry Strike, November 2-4, 2015

*Please Note: The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation has extended its nationwide port strike effective at 6:00 am on November 2 to continue until 6 am on November 6, 2015. The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation has announced a 48-hour nationwide port strike effective at 6:00 am on November 2 to November 4, 2015.   According to information available to …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: IRS Webinar on Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers: May 24, 2016

May 24, 2015 On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will hold a free online, web-based information session to assist U.S. overseas taxpayers in understanding their filing obligations.  The following guidance is made available from the IRS.  For further information, please contact the IRS directly . The webinar for Greece will be held 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on …

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