US Embassy Asmara Resumes Limited Visa Services (Updated 4/9/10)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 10022564 (posted Feb. 25, 2010)"

Embassy Asmara Resumes Limited Visa Services

The U.S. Embassy in Eritrea has reopened for limited visa and all U.S. citizen services.

The extent to which visa services have been made available remains unclear; further information will be provided as soon as obtained by AILA.

Consular services were initially suspended in February in response to what the State Department characterized as the Government of Eritrea's flagrant violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

* Information courtesy of the Rome District Chapter (RDC). About the Rome District Chapter (RDC): We are the chapter of AILA members practicing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Comprising more than 100 active practitioners, our chapter places special focus on consular processing and global visa issues. All AILA members interested in these issues are welcome to join the RDC, regardless of geographic location; for more information, contact membership@aila.org.

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Consular operations, including visa services, at the U.S. Embassy in Eritrea have been suspended until further notice. According to Embassy Asmara, the closure is in response to the Government of Eritrea's flagrant violations of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. These violations include failing to notify U.S. consular staff of the arrest of American citizens, hindering the travel of Embassy officials to visit American citizens in distress, and interfering with the delivery of the U.S. Embassy's diplomatic pouches. The Consular Section will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.

Information courtesy of the Rome District Chapter (RDC)

 
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