News from the American Embassy in Turkey

It is a very wise idea for my American comrades who are living or even just visiting Turkey, to register your whereabouts with the U.S. Embassy.  In fact, I encourage those traveling anywhere abroad to register.

This is easily done online.

The State Department now has a secure online traveler enrollment website which will allow you, as an American citizen, to provide foreign trip and residence information that the Department of State can use to communicate with you and assist you in case of an emergency. U.S. citizens around the world who travel or reside abroad can access this site either through a link located at Department of State Travel siteor directly at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

Doing so provides several benefits.  One of these benefits for those living in Turkey is that the “Ankara Warden” sends out regular email messages with warnings or information relevant to those living in or visiting the country.

The Embassy also publishes a monthly newsletter which is sent via email and may also be read online.  The January 2012 newsletter contains information on the following:

  • A message from the Ambassador, Francis J. Ricciardone
  • New Turkish Visa 90 out of 180 Days
  • New Names for “Warden Messages”
  • New iPhone App for Travelers
  • Turkish Residency Permit fees
  • Turkish Custom Regulation for Mailed Items
  • Recent Changes in Filing I-130 Forms
  • Diversity Visa Scam
  • IRS Offering Fee E-Filing to U.S. Taxpayers Abroad
  • Upcoming Primaries
  • Security-Worldwide Caution
  • Upcoming Holidays and ACS Office Closures
  • Contact Info

You can read the entire newsletter by clicking here.

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