U.S. Consul Will Visit Thessaloniki on January 12 and 13, 2015

Athens – On January 12 and 13, 2015, a U.S. consul will be in Thessaloniki to accept passport applications, register births abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s), and provide limited notarial services.

These services are available by appointment only.  You may book an appointment here:  https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=TES&appcode=1

Passports.  Please check the U.S. Embassy websitehttp://athens.usembassy.gov/passports.html for information about whether you need an appointment or can renew your passport by mail.

During the visit, the Consul will accept passport applications from children, those whose last passports were issued before age 16, first-time applicants, applicants whose passports expired more than five years ago, and applicants who have lost their passports, as well as applications to register the birth of children born abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s), and will provide limited notarial services.

Completing application forms ahead of time will speed up the process and minimize waiting time.  Applicants must fully complete all mandatory questions on the entire passport application in English.  No mandatory questions may be left blank.  Application forms and instructions may be obtained at http://athens.usembassy.gov.

Applicants who are eligible to apply for passport renewal by mail may also choose to drop off their renewal application and supporting documents at the Consulate, without making an appointment, on Friday, January 9 between 10:00 – 12:00 noon.

Completed passports are typically delivered within three weeks.   Anyone with immediate travel plans should make an online appointment to appear in person at the U.S. Embassy in Athens.

Social Security.  On these two days a representative from the Social Security Office will be available to answer questions without an appointment.  The representative will be present from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 12 and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 13.  Completing application forms ahead of time will speed up the process and minimize waiting time.  Social Security application forms and instructions may be obtained at http://athens.usembassy.gov.

Please note that fees for passport/citizenship services and notarial fees may be paid only by a bank check in euros.   Bank checks, made payable to the American Embassy, may be obtained from any major bank.  If you submit more than one application, one bank check may include the total amount.  Please review the current fees for consular services herehttp://athens.usembassy.gov/fees.htm.

For additional information, please e-mail AthensAmericanServices@state.gov or call 210-720-2421 or 210-720-2423 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  To contact the Social Security Office, please call 210-720-2426 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or send an e-mail viahttp://athens.usembassy.gov/inquiry_form.html.