A few Questions and Answers

LAST REVISED: January 2005

U.S. Passport

Welcome to your new country of visitation!

I. What is "registration"?

Registration is simply the process of recording your arrival and some basic background data about yourself with the U.S. Consulate in your new host country. We recommend that you take a moment to register as soon as practical upon your arrival.

2. Why is it important?

It is a simple but important process because it allows you as a U.S. Citizen to more easily and quickly access the full range of services at your Consulate. It also is a way for others whom you have given permission to contact you in case of emergency and thus is a good safety precaution. In this regard, we suggest that you give written permission to the Consulate to release your information to one or two significant others in case of emergency.

3. Can you give an example in a host country?

Yes. For example, as concerns the country of Colombia, you can register at the U.S. Consulate in Bogota in person, or via e-mail, fax or regular mail, or through the State Department Website.

The contact information for the U.S. Consulate is:

U.S. Consular Section

American Citizen Services

Calle 22D-Bis, #47-51

Bogota, Colombia, S.A.

Tel: (571) 315-1566 Fax: (571) 315-2196


The U.S. Consulate's Website

4. Is my registration information private from third parties?

Yes. The information which you provide is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, and may not be disclosed to third parties unless 1) you have consented in writing or 2) the disclosure is otherwise authorized under the Act such as for routine administrative use by other State Department or government officials in the normal course and scope of their responsibilities.

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Gary G. Bala, USA Immigration Attorney.