Passport-related services are still being carried out by the US embassy in Luxembourg
The US government has been in a partial shutdown since 22 December, making it the second longest in US history. But has the shutdown had an impact on local consular services for Americans in Luxembourg?
On Monday, the US embassy in Luxembourg posted on its Facebook page that “due to the lapse in appropriations” its account would not have regular updates apart from “urgent safety and security information”.
The partial government shutdown--in its third week at the time of writing--began after President Donald Trump and Democrats were in a stalemate over the US-Mexico border wall, for which the president was requesting over $5 billion in funding.
Despite the shutdown, however, consular services in Luxembourg should not be impacted.
As an embassy spokesperson informed Delano on 9 January, “The lapse in government appropriations or ‘shut down’ of the government is not likely to have significant implications for US citizens here in Luxembourg. Our highest priority is the safety and security of American citizens abroad and we continue to provide the full range of support to US citizens”.
These services include those related to passports--such as renewals and replacement of lost or stolen passports--as well as the registration of US citizens born overseas and emergency assistance for US citizens in case of crisis.
“We are still conducting visa interviews in order to facilitate travel to the United States,” the spokesperson added.
For further information concerning the embassy’s consular services in Luxembourg, visit: lu.usembassy.gov