Integrity Legal

4th August 2010

Every year, many Americans travel throughout Asia. As a result, these American travelers sometimes find themselves in need of services that can only be handled by an officer of the government of the United States of America. For example, an American Citizen who loses his or her passport overseas is well advised to travel to the nearest US Embassy or US Consulate in order to apply for a replacement passport. Unbeknownst to some, American Missions abroad generally close their facilities in observance of both American holidays as well as holidays observed in the host country. This author has personally traveled to the US Embassy Bangkok only to find the Post closed in observance of American Veterans’ Day. Hopefully, by posting Embassy and/or Consulate holiday closing schedules on this blog it will forestall futile travel to a closed Post. The following is directly quoted from the official website of the United States Consulate in Mumbai, India:

Holidays 2010

Date

Day

Holiday

American/Indian

January 01

Friday

New Year’s Day

American

January 14 Thursday Makar Sankaranti (for Ahmedabad USCS only) Indian

January 18

Monday

Martin Luther King’s B’Day

American

January 26

Tuesday

Republic Day

Indian

February 12 Friday Mahashivratri Indian

February 15

Monday

Washington’s Birthday

American

March 1

Monday

Holi

Indian

March 16

Tuesday

Gudi Padwa (for Ahmedabad USCS only)

Indian

April 2

Friday

Good Friday

Indian

May 27

Thursday

Buddha Pournima

Indian

May 31

Monday

Memorial Day

American

July 05 *

Monday

Independence Day

American

August 19 Thursday Parsi New Year Indian

September 06

Monday

Labor Day

American

September 10 Friday Ramzan-Id (Id-ul-Fitar) Indian

October 11

Monday

Columbus Day

American

November 5

Friday

Diwali (Laxmi Pujan)

Indian

November 11

Thursday

Veterans’ Day

American

November 17 Wednesday Bakri Id (Id-ul-Zua) Indian

November 25

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

American

December 24**

Friday

Christmas Day

American

* In lieu of July 4, Sunday
** In lieu of December 25, Saturday

Note: The American Citizens Services Unit will remain closed for services on every last Wednesday of each month for administrative purposes.

American Citizen Services (ACS) generally assists US Citizens, or Lawful Permanent Resident traveling abroad, with matters such as Passport issuance, Consular Report of Birth Abroad issuance, issuance of new visa pages, as well as notarizations. Those who may need to request the services of ACS are well advised to check the holiday closing schedule and also look to the official Consulate website in order to ascertain whether or not the Post provides online appointment scheduling. Scheduling an appointment online can greatly streamline dealing with ACS as Consular Officers are put on notice of requested services and can plan accordingly.


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