Security Alert – October 24, 2019

Location: Barcelona Event:  A demonstration is expected today, October 24 at 6:30 pm beginning in Plaza Universidad and moving to Plaza Sant Jaume via Via Laietana. Other spontaneous demonstrations may occur and many have recently taken place in front of government offices. Similar demonstrations last week turned violent. Dozens of injuries occurred and arrests were made. …

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Demonstration Alert – October 16, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected to continue this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  Some protests on October 15 included violence. A protest is expected today, October 16, at 7pm at the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Carrer …

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Demonstration Alert – October 15, 2019

Location: Barcelona, Spain Event: Significant demonstration activity in Catalonia is expected this week in response to the verdict in the trial of 12 pro-independence Catalan leaders.  There are demonstrations anticipated in Barcelona, Lleida, Tarragona, Girona and other towns in the region.  Most demonstrations are planned around Spanish government offices, including a large gathering on October 15th …

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Security Alert 2– October 14, 2019

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain Consulate General of the United States of America Barcelona, Spain Security Alert – October 14, 2019 Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Demonstration activity continues to disrupt services and transportation around Barcelona’s El Prat airport. Roads leading to the airport in some cases have been blocked and some flights …

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Security Alert – October 14, 2019

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Demonstration activity has disrupted services and transportation around Barcelona’s El Prat airport, including closures of roads leading to the airport. There are reports of conflicts between demonstrators and law enforcement. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests. Monitor local media …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona (October 9, 2019)

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  The verdict in the trial of pro-independence Catalan leaders is expected to be announced soon.  Significant demonstration activity may take place throughout Catalonia after the verdict is made public.  In the past, demonstrations have disrupted public transportation and have included gatherings near government facilities. Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. …

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IRS Webinar: Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens

Thursday, October 10, 2019 This free 100-minute webinar is open to ALL. This webinar will cover the following: Provide background on United States citizenship by birth and relinquishing citizenship Discuss tax implications of relinquishing citizenship Describe the purpose and scope of the new Relief Procedures for Certain Former Citizens (“relief procedures”) Explain specific filing requirements …

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Demonstration Alert- U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations related to Catalonia’s political situation are expected to take place on October 1st.  Additional demonstrations at other locations in Catalonia may also occur. Please see our Demonstrations in Spain webpage for more information. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Exercise caution if in the vicinity of large gatherings or …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Tenerife with the Consul General

Embassy of the United States of America Madrid, Spain Consular Agency of the United States of America Islas Canarias, Spain Message for U.S. Citizens: Save the Date – Town Hall Meeting in Tenerife with the Consul General The Embassy is pleased to announce that the Consul General is planning to host a Town Hall meeting …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona Spain, September 18, 2019

Location: Gracia Neighborhood, Barcelona, Spain Event: Local police expect an anarchist protest to take place in the Gracia district of Barcelona in the aftermath of the expulsion of squatters from a building in the neighborhood. The demonstration is planned to begin at Fontana metro station at 7:00 pm and local police expect 250-300 anarchist protesters. …

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Upcoming Event – Consular Staff in Bilbao October 21 and 22, 2019

Location:  Bilbao, Spain  Event:  Consular staff from the U.S. Embassy will be in Bilbao on October 21 and 22, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens.  During the visit, consular staff will: Accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad Provide notary services Answer general questions  Actions to Take: For …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain (September 16, 2019) Location:  Spain. Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Madrid continues to monitor the ongoing public criminal investigation against Manuel Blanco Vela, an operator of several small tour companies based in Seville, Spain, who is alleged to have targeted U.S. citizen visitors for sexual assault.  Media reports indicate …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S Consulate General, Barcelona, Spain

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  Several demonstrations are expected to take place on Catalonia’s national day, September 11, 2019.  The largest is expected between 4pm and 9pm, beginning at Gran via de les Cortes Catalanes and ending at Plaza Espanya. U.S. citizens should expect traffic and public transportation disruptions throughout the day in downtown Barcelona.  Additional demonstrations …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General, Barcelona Spain, August 25, 2019

Location: Sant Sebastia Beach, Barcelona, Spain Event: Local police have cleared Sant Sebastia beach and cordoned off the area due to a possible explosive device. Actions to Take: Avoid the area around Sant Sebastia beach Monitor local media for updates Be aware of your surroundings. Notify friends and family of your safety  View updates from the …

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Health Alert: Listeriosis in Spain

Location: Spain Event: There have been over one hundred recently confirmed cases of listeriosis in Spain, largely in the Sevilla area.  As of August 23, regional health officials in Andalusia and the Spanish Ministry of Health have identified the suspected source as pork products produced by Magrudis company under the label “La Mecha” and other brands. …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: French-Spanish border from Hendaye to Biarritz in France and areas in and around Irun, Spain . Event: Large demonstrations by the “Gilets Jaunes” (yellow vests) and other political activist groups are expected in advance of and during the G-7 Summit in Biarritz, France on August 24-26. Demonstrations could turn violent. A large police presence is expected in the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Spain

Location:  Spain.  Event:  U.S. citizens should remain vigilant to the risk of theft and criminal schemes – including pickpocketing in major urban centers and flat tire or pull-over scams on roadways – across Spain. Distraction scams:  In one common scheme, thieves may wave your vehicle over to the side of the road to assist with a flat …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Event Alert – Consular Staff in Ibiza, May 16 and 17, 2019

Upcoming Event Alert – Consular Staff in Ibiza, May 16 and 17, 2019 Location:  Ibiza, Balearic Islands Event:  Staff from the Embassy in Madrid and the Consular Agency in Palma de Mallorca will be in Ibiza on May 16 and 17, 2019, to provide consular services and assist U.S. citizens. Actions to Take: For an …

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U.S. Consular Agent in the Canary Islands Met with Car Rental Company Representatives

The U.S. Consular Agent in the Canary Islands met with car rental company representatives and the Gran Canaria Tourist Board Representative, D. Pablo Llinares on March 11. They discussed collaboration among the different tourist offices, strengthening ties in an effort to better protect U.S. citizens visiting the Canary Islands.

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Spanish Experts Participate in an International Visitors Leadership Program on Air Quality Issues

A total of six Spanish experts, from the Ministry of Ecological Transition, Generalitat de Catalunya, R & D centers and consulting companies, participated in an International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on Air Quality Issues. The program’s agenda included more than twenty visits and meetings in Washington DC and the states of Vermont and Texas. Visitors …

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The Consul General Connected with Members of the American Women’s Club of Madrid

On February 15, 2019, the Consul General joined members of the American Women’s Club of Madrid at their clubhouse for an open session of questions and answers. She shared anecdotes about work in the Embassy and responded to a wide array of questions. Among the club members, pictured here with the Consul General was the …

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Celebration of the Military Colaboration between US and Spain

Ambassador Buchan and the president of  The Legacy , Eva García, offered a reception to recognize the strong collaboration between U.S. and Spanish military forces both now and throughout our shared history. The Ambassador emphasized that our two countries stand together in the defense of the freedom we share.  Not “YO SOLO”, as Bernardo de Gálvez declared …

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Weather Alert – US Embassy Madrid, Spain

Location: Mainland Spain and outlying islands Event: Hurricane Leslie is expected to impact portions of mainland Spain between 08:00 pm on Saturday October 13th through Sunday, October 14th. Spanish authorities are warning people to expect high winds, heavy rainfall and possible flooding. Please follow local weather updates for your location and check our website:  https://es.usembassy.gov For …

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Demonstration Alert – October 11 and 12, 2018

Location:  Barcelona, Spain Event:  A demonstration against toll road requirements is expected to take place on October 11 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, from the Port of Barcelona to El Papiol, along the B10, B-23 and A-2 highways. Other area highways may be affected.  U.S. citizens should expect traffic disruptions. Parades and demonstrations are also expected to take place in Madrid and Barcelona regarding the …

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