Message for U.S. Citizens: Notes from Embassy Kathmandu

Greetings from U.S. Embassy Kathmandu. Please take a moment to read through these important updates.

Be Mindful During Upcoming Local Elections

The upcoming local elections will certainly be historic. Nepalis are keen to exercise their right to elect local representatives for the first time in two decades. The political activity may lead to rallies or protests – which always carry the risk of becoming violent – before, during, or after the elections. As always, Embassy Kathmandu encourages American citizens to review their personal security plans, remain aware of their surroundings, and monitor local news sources. And, as always, we will pass any specific threat information on to all American citizens enrolled in STEP, the same listserve used for this email.

“Lettuce” Stay Healthy!

Cyclospora cases are being seen earlier than usual in Kathmandu this year due to recent rainy weather. Cyclospora is a parasite that is not killed by bleach or iodine and causes diarrhea, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Many medical professionals recommend that you abstain from eating raw leafy greens such as lettuce during the rainy season to minimize the risk of cyclospora. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/cyclosporiasis/gen_info/faqs.html.

Air Quality Monitoring

The State Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are working together to monitor air quality at U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. As part of this initiative, Embassy Kathmandu recently installed two air quality monitors; one located on the Embassy grounds and the other at the Phora Durbar Recreation Center in the Thamel area. The data is available around the clock at the EPA AirNow website: https://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.global_summary. Learn more at https://np.usembassy.gov/embassy/air-quality-monitor.

Got What It Takes To Be A Diplomat?

Embassy Kathmandu will host the Foreign Service Officer Test (FSOT) on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 9:00 am. Visit the Pearson VUE FSOT website to learn more, http://www.pearsonvue.com/fsot. Sign up for the test no later than Wednesday, May 31, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Findley at findleyba@state.gov.

Plan Ahead For Passport Renewal

Make a point to plan ahead for passport renewal for you and your family, especially during the busy summer months. We recommend that you renew your passport before your book has less than six months validity remaining, as many countries refuse entry if a passport has less than six months remaining validity. The best resource for all of the requirements – and the place to book a Tuesday afternoon appointment – is https://np.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/passports/.

Register To Vote!

If you use the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to register to vote, you need to send a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) each and every year. Re-register early to avoid delays. If you register to vote directly through your state election authority, you may or may not need to re-register every year. Learn more at http://www.fvap.gov (http://www.fvap.gov/) .

International Taxpayer Deadline: June 15th

U.S. citizens and resident aliens living outside the United States are subject to U.S. income tax on worldwide income. However, international taxpayers may qualify for certain foreign earned income exclusions and/or foreign income tax credits. U.S. citizens and resident aliens who live outside of the United States are allowed an automatic two-month extension until June 15 to file a return and pay any tax due. Find great resources for international taxpayers at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/international-taxpayer.

From The Consular Section

Routine consular services for U.S. citizens are offered by appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. For needs outside of that schedule, email consktm@state.gov or dial (+977)(1)423-4000 during working hours. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance outside of business hours, the Embassy’s emergency after-hours numbers are (+977)(1)400-7266 and (+977)(1)400-7269.

You have received this message because you are enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). If friends and family have not received this message, their STEP enrollment may not be complete. We strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nepal enroll in STEP at https://step.state.gov/step. If you are no longer in Nepal, we are happy to unsubscribe your enrollment. Please reply to this email with a short note.