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For U.S. Citizens Residing in Tunisia

Issue No.154, May 25, 2012

TRAVEL ALERT AND COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

On April 17, 2012, the Embassy issued an updated Travel Alert for Tunisia, see: Tunisia Travel Alert.  Please also review our general travel advice for Tunisia, referred to as Country Specific Information.  This is available at: CSI Tunisia.

U.S. EMBASSY- CLOSED – MONDAY, May 28, 2012 for Memorial Day, and WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2012 for Independence Day. We will be closed for routine services but as always, can assist U.S. citizens in an emergency.  Please call 71-107-000 in case of emergency.

U.S. MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT AMERICAN CEMETERY      

A ceremony commemorating Memorial Day will be held on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.  The event will be held at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage. The ceremony is open to the public but there will be limited seating available. The public is requested to be seated by 9:15 a.m. For more information on the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, visit their website at http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/na.php.

EMERGENCY SMS NOTIFICATION

As a reminder, Embassy Tunis has added broadcast SMS notification ability for emergency situations.  If your mobile phone information has changed or was not included with your initial registration, please update your registration at:  https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs so that we can contact you in an emergency.  If you are already registered, you may also update your mobile number by emailing us at consulartunis@state.gov.

REGISTRATION AND UPDATES TO REGISTRATION

We encourage you to confirm that your registration information is up-to-date.  The easiest way to do this is to submit your contact and registration information through the State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) at:  https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.  You can register online even if you’re already registered with us and we will update your registration with any data that has changed.  This online service allows you to register and update your contact information on the Internet at any time, making it easier for you to keep your information current.  The site also provides you with up-to-date travel information customized to your unique travel agenda and itinerary.  The data you provide is secured behind Department of State firewalls, accessed only by cleared personnel in Embassies, Consulates, and the Department of State, and can only be disclosed to third parties with your permission under the provisions of the Privacy Act.  Registration is a voluntary way of telling us that you, an American Citizen, are here with us in Tunisia.  We use registration data to make provisions in the event of a disaster or other emergency.  We do not share your data without your permission.  We do not sell your name or address and we do not provide others with information about you should they contact the Embassy.

IMPORTANT: If you live in Tunisia and register through STEP, you must still create a “trip” to Tunisia with start and end dates so that we will receive you registration information.

WORLDWIDE CAUTION – January 24, 2012

The Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution on January 24, 2012. It can be found at the following link: Worldwide Caution

VOTING OVERSEAS – 2012

November 6, 2012 is the General Election Day in the U.S.  For information on how to register to vote, update your voter registration, and receive and mail your absentee ballot, please go to: http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/overseas_voting/overseas_voting_4754.html. To fill out a voter registration card, please go to http://fvap.gov.  Official election ballot envelopes that bear postage-paid markings can be returned via U.S. diplomatic pouch or Diplomatic Postal Service free of charge. You can also print out and use an envelope with postage-paid markings that is available on the FVAP web site.

FILING IMMIGRANT VISA PETITIONS OVERSEAS

Effective August 15, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security announced changes regarding how U.S. citizens who reside overseas may file immigrant visa petitions (Form I-130).  For complete information please  visit our website’s immigrant visa section at: How to File a Petition | Embassy of the United States Tunis, Tunisia.

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

Other important links:

Libya Consular Information Sheet: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_951.html
Libya Travel Warning: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5566.html

Algeria Consular Information Sheet: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1087.html
Travel Warning for Algeria: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5564.html

Pandemic Flu Website: http://www.pandemicflu.gov
Avian Flu Fact Sheet: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_1181.html

ONLINE APPOINTMENTS FOR ROUTINE CITIZEN SERVICES

If you need to renew your passport, register the birth of a child, have a document notarized, or add extra pages to your passport, please make an appointment for service online at:  http://tunisia.usembassy.gov/acs-appointments.html  so that we can better serve you. 

                                 
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