December 5, 2018 – National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

Message for U.S. Citizens:  National Day of Mourning for
President George H. W. Bush


U.S. Embassy and Consulate Closure on Wednesday, December 5, 2018


As the nation mourns the loss of President George H. W. Bush, President Trump has taken official action to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our forty-first President of the United States.  The President has issued an Executive Order to close Federal offices and excuse all Federal employees from duty for the scheduled workday on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

The Department of State and all annexes, both domestically and overseas, will be closed for normal business on December 5, 2018; therefore, the U.S. Embassy in Astana and the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty will also be closed.  Applicants with appointments for visa and passport services currently scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 will be contacted by customer service agents to reschedule their appointment.  Visa applicants may also contact the Visa Information Center directly from Kazakhstan at + 7 7273 50-57-03 and 8 800 100 2554 or from the United States at +1-703-745-5472.  U.S. citizens with passport appointments may contact the American Citizen Services Unit at + 7 7172 70 23 03 or  U.S. citizens who require immediate assistance in an emergency while the Embassy is closed should contact the duty officers at +7 7172 70 21 00 (in Astana) or +7 7272 50 76 12 (in Almaty).



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U.S. Mission, Kazakhstan


Astana tel.: +7-7172-70-21-00

Almaty tel.: +7-727-250-49-01