Appointments are available for passport services for the week of December 9 and December 16. Appointments are also available on December 30, January 2 and 3 and the week of January 6, 2014.
If you report a U.S. passport as lost or stolen to the U.S. Embassy or to the Passport Agency in the United States, then find it again, you should not attempt to travel using that document.
When traveling abroad, you should always check your passport carefully, to ensure that you always travel with your most recently issued passport. If you attempt to travel on a U.S. passport which has previously been reported as lost, your passport may be confiscated by Immigration officials.
The Schengen Borders Agreement permits people to travel freely within the Schengen area (consisting of 26 European countries), if the traveler otherwise qualifies to enter the Schengen area.
If you are traveling with your U.S. passport, your document must be valid for at least 90 days after your first entry into the Schengen area. For some countries this validity period may be longer, so we strongly recommend that you check with the Immigration authorities of the country where you intend to travel before you buy your tickets!
More information about the Schengen Borders Agreement and how you can use it to travel in Europe is available from the Department of State’s website – http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4361.html.
Remember, the United Kingdom is not part of the Schengen Area, so you may require a separate visa to travel to the UK. Information about UK visas is available from the UK Home Office website – http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration.
Are you a U.S. Citizen living in the UK, or thinking of visiting? Got a question about how the Embassy assists U.S. Citizens abroad? Are you thinking about traveling home to the United States for the holidays and need some passport information? Want to know about Notarial services? Then join us on Thursday, November 7, to ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare!
Please join our webchat on Thursday, November 7, 12 – 1pm GMT to learn more about U.S. Citizen Services!
If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog, or on our twitter feed using the hashtag #webchat. We will answer all questions at the time of the web chat. Remember, for Privacy reasons, we can’t answer case specific questions during this chat.
At this time, any U.S. government shutdown will not affect Embassy London operations. The Embassy and Consular section do not anticipate a disruption to services beginning October 1.
Latest information will be posted on the Embassy website – http://london.usembassy.gov/servicenews001.html
You may be aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has found section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. As a result, U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that they adjudicate applications for opposite gender spouses.