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Archive for Month: September 2017

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U.S. Embassy Mexico City Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 7.1 Earthquake in Mexico

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Mexico that a 7.1 earthquake occurred in Mexico that has affected Mexico City, the state of Puebla, and other outlying areas. The epicenter was located near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. Some areas may be affected by power outages and the extent of damage is not yet known. There may be disruptions to other forms of transportation and services in the affected area. Once you are in a safe place, please contact your friends and family to let them know you are okay. For U.S. citizens facing emergencies, please contact the U.S. Embassy by calling 011-52-55-5080-2000. Please note, when in Mexico, you dial 55-5080-2000. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information forMexico. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Mexico D.F. 06500. The U.S. Embassy is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also call 011-52-55-5080-2000. Contact information for the U.S. Consulates General in Mexico can be found on the U.S. Embassy Mexico City website. Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except […]

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Increased Violence in the City of San Blas, Nayarit

There are recent reports of increased violence and cartel activity in the city of San Blas, Nayarit. Effective immediately, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travel within a 10km (6 mi) radius of the center of San Blas until October 1, 2017, at which time the Consulate will reevaluate the security environment. U.S. citizens should consider avoiding San Blas during this period and take security precautions when considering travel to the area. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mexico. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Contact the U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara in Mexico, located at Progreso 175, Col. Americana, Codigo Postal 44160, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and is openMonday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may also call 011-52-33-3268-2100 during normal business hours and after-hours. Contact information for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General in Mexico can be found on the U.S. Embassy Mexico City website. Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday throughFriday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm Norma

The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana cautions U.S. citizens that, as of 7:00 a.m Pacific Time, the National Hurricane Center is extending advisories for Tropical Storm Norma. There are no coastal watches in effect as of this time, but interests in Baja California Sur should monitor the progress of the storm. Swells generated by Norma will begin affecting portions of the coast of southwestern Mexico and Baja California Sur this weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. A Hurricane Watch or Tropical Storm Watch could be required later today for portions of the peninsula. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Norma is expected to become a hurricane by tonight. All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed. U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the following U.S. government websites for more information: Mexico Country Specific Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:” http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency Acapulco

The U.S. Consular Agency in Acapulco will be closed today, September 14, due to weather conditions related to Hurricane Max. Hurricane Max is expected to make landfall today, Thursday, September 14, near Acapulco. The government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Warning for the southwest coast of Guerrero, Mexico from Zihuatanejo to Punta Maldonado. Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Max is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 5 – 10 inches with maximum totals of 20 inches across portions of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca. These rainfall amounts may produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor local weather reports, the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed. U.S. citizens are encouraged to also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information: Mexico Country Specific Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:” http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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European Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. This travel alert expires on November 30, 2017. Recent, widely reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have …