Embassy of the United States of America Maputo · Mozambique American Citizens eNewsletter April 2010 U.S. Embassy EMBASSY CLOSURE AND CONTACT INFO Av. Kenneth Kaunda,193 Maputo, Mozambique The Embassy will be closed on Wednesday April Tel: +258 21 49 2797 7th for Mozambican Women’s Day. Fax: +258 21 49 0448 ConsularMaputo@state.gov maputo.usembassy.gov In the event of an emergency involving a U.S. citizen, please contact the Consular Section immediately In the event of an at 21 49 2797 or 21 49 0723 during non business hours. emergency involving an American citizen, please call +258 21 49 0723. Please remember that in case of an emergency, no matter what day or time, there is always someone available to assist you. Follow U.S. Embassy Maputo on: As a reminder, if you have family or friends visiting Mozambique please encourage them to register at http://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ If you move to a different city or province or change your email address or telephone number, please update this information in the system. You should also close out your registration once you leave Mozambique. NEW IRS WEBPAGE FOR OVERSEAS CITIZENS The IRS has created a new comprehensive tax page at http://tinyurl.com/3996cx which is directed to U.S. citizens who reside abroad. This page contains basic tax information that Americans overseas need to know and also includes links to more detailed topics such as the foreign earned income exclusion, foreign tax credit, reporting foreign bank accounts, Fulbright grants, state taxes, and a myriad of others. Rather than navigating through www.irs.gov, this page will provide "one stop shopping" for U.S. citizens abroad. The intent is to provide answers to most of their tax questions in one place. The site also provides information on how to contact the IRS to get additional assistance. UPDATED COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR MOZAMBIQUE The Department of State publishes Country Specific Information (CSI) on every country in the world. Mozambique’s CSI was last updated March 2010 and is available at www.travel.state.gov. HOLIDAY BORDER INFORMATION FROM THE CLUB OF MOZAMBIQUE The Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee has released information on the arrangements for the Easter peak operation period at the Mpumalanga border posts. The Ressano Garcia/ Lebombo border post will be operating at full-steam for 24 hours a day until the 5 May, and the operating hours for the Swaziland/ RSA border posts will all be extended by several hours. Extended Operating Hours: Ports of Entry Normal Extended Extended Extended Operational Operations: Operations: Operations: Hours Period Opening Time Closing Time *Lebombo (RSA/ 06h00 to 00h00 19 March 2010 to 24 hour operation 24 hour operation Mozambique) (Non-commercial 05 May 2010 Hours) *Lebombo (RSA/ 06h00 to 22h00 Normal hours 06h00 22h00 Mozambique) (Commercial hours) *Oshoek 07h00 to 22h00 25 March 2010 to 06h00 00h00 (RSA/ Swaziland) 05 April 2010 Mahamba 07h00 to 22h00 01 April 2010 07h00 00h00 (RSA/ Swaziland) to 02 April 2010 Jeppes Reef 07h00 to 20h00 01 April 2010 07h00 22h00 (RSA/ Swaziland) to 05 April 2010 2010 U.S. CENSUS, APRIL—JULY The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. Census information affects the numbers of seats your state occupies in the U.S. House of Representatives and people from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more. When you do the math, it's easy to see what an accurate count of residents can do for your community, including better infrastructure and more services. In fact, the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, public works and emergency services. Although the only census forms that are sent outside the United States are to Puerto Rico, overseas U.S. citizens can follow the process on Facebook or Twitter. Please encourage family members in the U.S. to take part in the survey. For more information: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/involved/index.php Easter Event and Pool Party! WHAT: EGG HUNT, EGG DECORATION AND CRAFTS WHERE: AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE WHEN: SATURDAY APRIL 10. 11:00-2:00 BRING: DISH TO SHARE ADMISSION: 50 MT PER CHILD THE MARINES WILL BE SELLING DRINKS RSVP: PLEASE RSVP TO THIS EVENT BY EMAILING CONSULARMAPUTO@STATE.GOV WITH THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO WILL ATTEND AND BRING 50 MT PER CHILD TO THE EMBASSY’S CONSULAR SECTION NO LATER THAN TUESDAY APRIL 6TH. ALL U.S. CITIZENS AND NON-U.S. CITIZEN SPOUSES MAY ATTEND, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO ENTER THE RESIDENCE.