US Embassy information for Expats in the Republic of Korea July 2009

swine_flu_0427U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Seoul
Consular Section, American Citizen Services (ACS) Newsletter
July 2009

The U.S. Embassy is transmitting the following monthly newsletter via its warden system as a public service to U.S. citizens in the Republic of Korea.  Please feel free to disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your organizations or to other Americans you know.

In this issue:

1. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, July 22-23
2. Influenza Outbreak Information
3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: Early Closing July 2; July 3
7. Embassy Contact Information

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1. Next Consular Services Visit to Busan, July 22-23
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Officials from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit will offer consular services in Busan on July 22–23.  Services will be provided at the offices of the American Presence Post in Busan.  A Consular Officer will be available on Wednesday, July 22, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. and on Thursday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m.–noon at the American Presence Post, Lotte Gold Rose Building (also known as the Job Center Building), #150-3, Yangjung-dong, Busanjin-gu, Room No. 612.

American citizens will be able to apply for U.S. passports, additional visa pages in their current passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, and Social Security cards.  Consular officers will also offer notarial services and provide information regarding voting, federal benefits, and registration with the Embassy.

Any questions about requirements, particularly for Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, should be directed by email t o seoul_acs@state.gov.  Please allow at least three days for a response.

If you plan to visit the ACS Unit in Busan, we strongly urge you to consult the website at http://www.asktheconsul.org for more information on our consular services and to ensure that you bring the proper forms (filled out in advance) and fees with you.  In addition to bringing original supporting documents (i.e., birth certificate, passport, Certificate of Naturalization), please bring photocopies of all documents you plan to submit.  There will not be a photocopier available on-site.

If you notify us prior to 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, we can add pages to your passport in Busan while you wait.  Please complete form DS-4085, which can be downloaded at:
http://foia.state.gov/FORMS/Passport/DS4085.pdf.  Write “Busan – Extra Pages” at the top of the completed form, include a copy of your passport’s personal data page (the page with your photo), and fax it to our office in Seoul at (02) 397-4101.  Alternatively, you can email us your request.  Be sure to attach clearly scanned copies of both your DS-4085 form and your passport’s data page.  Email it toSeoul_ACS@state.gov and put “RESEND: BUSAN EXTRA PAGES” in the subject line.  Please note that additional pages cannot be added to one-year emergency passports or to damaged passports.  There is no charge for this service.  Additional information about adding pages is available on our website: http://korea.usembassy.gov/add_pages.html.

The Busan APP’s website is: http://busan.usconsulate.gov.

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2. H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Information
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For up-to-date information about H1N1 flu (formerly known as swine flu), including steps you can take to stay healthy, please consult the
Department of State information at
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_pandemic.h
tml
, the United States Centers for Disease Control
website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/, and the World Health Organization website at
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has an English-language website at http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/.  The specific pages on H1N1 influenza are currently available only in Korean at: http://www.cdc.go.kr/kcdchome/jsp/diseasedic/dic/DISEDIC0001Detail.jsp?menuid=512088&contentid=9215&boardid=null&appid=kcdcdz01&pageNum=null&sub=null&tabinx=1&q_had01=A&q_had02=2009&idxType=0&idxNum=3.

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3. Korean Act on Treatment of Foreigners
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The Korean government has released an English translation of the Act on the Treatment of Foreigners in Korea.  For the text, please see the Ministry of Government Legislation’s website at:
http://www.moleg.go.kr/lawinfo/engLawInfo?pstSeq=47161&searchCondition=UsrDef2&searchKeyword=foreign.

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4. A Message to American Communities and Organizations in Korea
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The Embassy encourages all schools, business groups, churches, private companies, and other organizations with a nucleus of American citizens to make sure that the Embassy has a point of contact for your group.  Here is what you can do to ensure that your group is kept fully informed by the Embassy:
–Sign your group up at http://asktheconsul.org/ to receive this newsletter and Embassy warden messages through your group’s generic email address;
–If you have a group that will be in Korea for a fixed period of time, register them at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/pages/common/CreateAccountStart.aspx following the instructions under “New Organizational User”;
–Send a quick email to the Embassy at Seoul_ACS@state.gov giving us the name of your organization, a point of contact (even if the person is not an American), email address, phone number, and any other contact information.  The Embassy could use this information to contact your group in an emergency or if email systems are not working.  Just type “Group Contact Info” on the subject line of your email to us, and we’ll add the information to our database.

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5. Recent Travel Warnings and Alerts
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The U.S. Department of State has recently issued travel warnings or travel alerts for the following countries and regions:

H1N1 Flu Outbreak Information
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_4488.html

Mali    06/02/2009
Chad    06/02/2009
Lebanon    05/13/2009
Nepal    05/22/2009
Yemen    04/24/2009

For additional information about these travel warnings and alerts, please go to this site:

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

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6. Upcoming Embassy Holidays: Early Closing July 2; July 3
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American Citizen Services will close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 2.  If you plan to register the birth of your child or to get married on July 2, please arrive during the earlier part of the morning hours.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on:

July 3(Fri) Independence Day (Observed)

Please be advised that the days just before and after a holiday are usually exceptionally busy in the American Citizen Services Unit of the Embassy.  Do not be surprised at a significantly longer wait for consular services on those days.  If you visit us outside those times, you should have a shorter wait.

A complete list of all of our holiday closings for 2009 is available on-line at http://seoul.usembassy.gov/holidays.html.

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7. Embassy Contact Information
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American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Seoul
32, Sejongno, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-710, Korea

– or –

American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy, Seoul
Unit #15550
APO AP 96205-5550

Tel: 02-397-4114
Fax: 02-397-4101
DSN: 721-4114
English:  http://www.asktheconsul.org/
Korean:  http://www.usavisas.org/
E-mail
:  seoul_acs@state.gov

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