Note: Last updated March 31 at 3:56 p.m. with the Israeli Consulate General’s Covid-19 Town Hall, set to take place April 2 at 3 p.m. on its Facebook page here.
Consulates in Atlanta, the physical outposts of foreign governments serving their nationals living in the Southeast U.S. from Georgia, face a balancing act as state and local governments issue “social distancing” directives to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
On one hand they’re obliged to follow recommendations of authorities to limit in-person contact. On the other, they have the well-being of their compatriots to think about — all at a tumultuous time of travel bans to Europe, limited social gatherings and a state of flux in U.S. relations with the rest of the world.
Many are using their social media platforms to keep their communities abreast of scheduling and availability changes and to circulate trustworthy information that will help people protect themselves during the public health crisis that is Covid-19. Most are working remotely, providing consular services in person only to those with urgent needs and by appointment only.
Below, Global Atlanta is compiling a dynamic list of changes, hours and useful links to help our readers from abroad navigate this time in partnership with their governments.
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Canada’s consulate general pointed citizens to the government’s resources on Covid-19:
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
For information on COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada’s official outbreak page and check our Travel Advice and Advisories. Make sure to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad to get the latest updates at your destination.
Please note: We are currently operating at reduced staff. For all concerns, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org | For 🇨🇦 citizens requiring consular assistance: we are here to serve you, but by appointment please. Please to above address or call 1-844-880-6519 🇨🇦🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/IFfzZrx2hC
— Canada In Atlanta (@CanCGAtlanta) March 16, 2020
Consul General Nadia Theodore is also active on Twitter and has been urging people to stay home:
— Nadia Theodore (@CGTheodore) March 15, 2020
We are temporarily reducing our on-site presence at the Consulate General. We will only handle emergencies and urgent consular matters. If you need an urgent appointment, please contact us.https://t.co/S42P1ekONS
— Belgium in Atlanta (@BelgiumAtlanta) March 16, 2020
More from the Belgian consulate:
We are focusing our resources on emergencies and urgent consular matters involving Belgian citizens. We are open and accessible to anyone who needs us here.
See the updated Consulate General of Ireland note on #COVID19, the latest Irish travel advice, U.S. travel restrictions and our consular assistance services https://t.co/gSZOeM5h01 pic.twitter.com/ggPwmfMBdb
— CG Ireland Atlanta (@IrelandAtlanta) March 16, 2020
The Netherlands Consulate General in Atlanta remains operational for assistance to our citizens and companies.
Provision by phone and email continuing as normal. In person assistance by appointment only.
Check our website for updates https://t.co/wdEz0DNvf9
— Ard van der Vorst (@NLinAtlanta) March 17, 2020
From the consulate’s website, which includes a list of Coronavirus updates:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: Changes to Consular Services
In light of the circumstances, admission to the consulate and the Consular Section will be possible only in urgent cases and with advance coordination by telephone or mail. However, in such cases where admission to the consulate and Consular Section is coordinated in advance, entry will only be permitted with a protective mask and gloves.
The consulate of @IsraelAtlanta is operating, we receive consular request over phone, mail and email.
Frontal assistance will be given only in emergencies.
Please update using our twitter, Facebook or website https://t.co/uvv2HONQrd
— Alex Gandler (@AlexGandler) March 17, 2020
Latest information on consular operations here
The British Consulate General in Atlanta’s staff is increasingly working from home, according to a new tweet from the consulate:
The British Consulate-General in Atlanta will be following local and UK guidance on health and safety, with personnel increasingly working from home. Essential consular services will be available on an appointment basis. Please call 404 954 7700 for further information.
— British Consulate-General Atlanta (@UKinAtlanta) March 17, 2020
Earlier posts issued the government’s guidance on the Covid-19 response and the latest on travel restrictions from the U.S. to the U.K.:
For comprehensive information on US/UK travel restrictions, please see the following thread: https://t.co/cgTV70lo4d
— British Consulate-General Atlanta (@UKinAtlanta) March 15, 2020
From the consulate:
Due to COVID-19, the Consular service in Atlanta will be limited to emergency services for German citizens and emergency visa processing. Appointments that have already been booked will be honored.
Please note that you are required to schedule an appointment for passport applications (for each family member) and visa applications as well as for all consular matters via our appointment systems. See all information here
UPDATE on visas 3/18: Due to COVID-19, general visa questions cannot be answered at this time. Visa applications will only be processed after entry restrictions for Germany have been lifted. If you have an extreme emergency and entry to Germany is not banned for you, please contact us via email. LINK
More on Twitter:
General visa questions cannot be answered at this time. Find visa info at https://t.co/QI8HO3LtyC. Applications will only be processed after entry restrictions for🇩🇪have been lifted. If you have an extreme emergency + entry to🇩🇪is not banned, contact us at https://t.co/WLOyTZov9I pic.twitter.com/nNozlqyBBC
— German Consulate General Atlanta (@GermanyAtlanta) March 18, 2020
View the consulate’s website, which under announcements includes the latest restrictions on travel into Japan as of March 10, including a sample questionnaire outlining travel history
Update Wednesday, March 18, from the Japanese consulate:
Our consular service hours remain the same, 9:00-12:30/13:30-16:00 Monday through Friday, while temporarily reducing our on-site presence at the Consulate General from March 19th to 31st.
Due to the reduced on-site presence, longer processing time should be expected. For those living in remote areas, please make sure to contact our consular section before deciding to send applications by mail.
Visit our website for more information at https://www.atlanta.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_en/index.html
Here you go 🙂 pic.twitter.com/y6Qvl6IWe7
— Swiss Consulate Atlanta (@SwissCGAtlanta) March 17, 2020
Nigeria has shut down consular services as of March 17, including passport/biometrics interviews, but it is still processing emergency travel certificates from a consulate in Atlanta that covers 15 states. View the latest on the website here and see the staff here.
“The Consulate General will continue to monitor the situation and announce resumption of services in due course.”
From the consulate’s website:
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, as of Monday, March 16th, 2020, the Consular Office of the Embassy of Greece in Washington DC will provide exclusively urgent service and only by appointment (tel. 202 939 1300).
The Consular Section will not be able to host you at our premises unless you have made an appointment and implement thoroughly all the CDC measures
In case of an emergency, please call (+1) 202 578 3361. You can also reach the Consular Section through email email@example.com
We thank you in advance for your understanding and your kind cooperation.
The health of visitors and staff, along with the safety of the community, are our top priority.
No specific information on the consulate’s website, but the Facebook page has a notice (in Spanish) on the closure of its borders and information on measures for fending off coronavirus:
Brazil’s consulate general is operating in “emergency mode” as of March 17, which means that all face-to-face services are suspended and visas are only being processed via mail. Details and emergency numbers can be found on the consulate’s website here. Follow the consulate on Twitter here.
More detail can be found on the consulate’s Facebook page, including more detailed posts in Portuguese:
The consulate recommends daily monitoring, as the situation is fluid and there is a chance it could shut down altogether temporarily:
There is a real possibility that the CG will temporarily cease to be operational. Daily monitoring of the situation is recommended by the CG’s website (http://atlanta.itamaraty.gov.br). Messages will also be published on the CG page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cgbrasilatlanta/).
The CG hopes to be able to function normally as soon as possible, always committed to seeking to serve the community in its area of jurisdiction in the best possible way (states of Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee).
Mexico’s consulate said on its website it will suspend all information sessions at the consulate and in a Facebook post that is attending to emergencies only:
The Guatemalan consulate posted this video message along with other notices on its Facebook page:
South Korea has been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus, but the consulate’s website shows little in the way of schedule changes. Its Facebook page includes information about donating supplies and funds to Korea via reputable sources, and the most recent post shows Consul General Young-jun Kim meeting with former Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and some say vice presidential hopeful) Stacey Abrams:
The consulate also has on hand a PDF update from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English on the Covid-19 outbreak, which shows the massive testing blitz has helped contain the outbreak.
The honorary consulate general of Hungary in Atlanta is letting citizens know about opportunities for repatriation to the country via Slovakia:
People who need help for travel in an emergency or for a compelling reason may contact the Consulate General of India in Atlanta.
The Consulate can be reached via email or, in the case of an emergency, the numbers below.
Emergency number: 404-910-7919
Alternate emergency number: 404-924-9876
Also, Miscellaneous Consular Services like attestations, power of attorney, PCC, birth certificates etc will be rendered through regular mail with effect March 13, 2020. Applicants are requested not to visit the Consulate for over-the-counter services till further notice. Any queries in this regard may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with cell number.
More details at www.indiainatlanta.gov.in.
The consulate also posted the latest travel restrictions on its Twitter and Facebook pages:
The Consulate General of India, Atlanta has taken the following decisions with immediate effect in light of the existing advisories associated with the coronavirus and movement restrictions in several States:
(i) OCI applications will not be accepted, including by postal mail, until further notice.
(ii) Passport applications will not be accepted, including by postal mail, until further notice. However, applicants requiring passports on emergency basis may kindly send an email to email@example.com explaining their emergency situation. Once the request has been approved, the applicant will be informed to complete the application process and send the papers by postal mail to CKGS for further processing.
(iii) Miscellaneous consular services shall continue to be accepted only by postal mail until further notice. Applicants should factor in that it may take longer and there could be delays in providing miscellaneous services due to the current situation.
Austrian Honorary Consulate
Kindly note that due to COVID-19 the Austrian Consulate in Atlanta offers limited public services until further notice. We do offer emergency consular services for Austrian citizens on an appointment basis (E Consulate@SeefriedProperties.
The consulate of Cyprus had this terse message on Facebook:
More information at the organization’s website: ttps://www.
View Global Atlanta’s full consulate directory here