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Messages to U.S. Citizens
 

This page contains the most recent messages sent via e-mail from the U.S. Embassy's Consular Section directly to American citizens registered with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. If you are an American citizen and wish to receive these periodic messages directly, you must subscribe to our mailing list by registering online with the U.S. Embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) or by visiting the Embassy in person. Enrollment in STEP is for American citizens only.

There are currently no Travel Warnings or Alerts for U.S. citizens in Denmark.  However, please review the Department of State’s Worldwide Caution message.

Department of State Worldwide Caution, October 10, 2014

The Department of State has issued this Worldwide
Caution to update information on the continuing threat of
terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and
interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded
to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take
appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September 25,
2013, to provide updated information on security threats
and terrorist activities worldwide.

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated April 10, 2014.
The Department of State remains concerned about the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions against U.S. citizens and interests overseas....(See full text)

Planned Demonstrations for September 12 and 13, 2014

U.S. Embassy Copenhagen informs U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration across the street from the U.S. Embassy on Friday, September 12, 2014, from 1800-1900 hours. The Danish-Cuban Association will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the incarceration of five Cuban citizens arrested in 1998.  Local authorities anticipate the size of the protest to be approximately 50 people. 

There will also be a demonstration on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 1800-1900 hours at Sorte Plads in Norrebro.  The purpose of the demonstration is to protest the Islamic State of Iran and Syria.  Local authorities anticipate the size of the crowd to be anywhere from 100-1000 participants.

There is no indication that these demonstrations will be violent. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful may become confrontational and escalate into violence. U.S. citizens are urged to maintain situational awareness and avoid large gatherings.  Police will be present at both demonstrations.

Overseas Voting Assistance Event

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to invite interested U.S. citizens to a voter assistance event at the Embassy between 16:00 and 18:00 on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

U.S. citizens who have not yet registered to vote in the 2014 election cycle may come to the Embassy and use our facilities to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for registration.  Voting assistance volunteers will be on site to answer questions and offer assistance.  The Embassy will also accept completed FPCAs or other election-related materials, in U.S.-postage paid envelopes, and forward them to the appropriate election offices in the U.S.  Of course, it is not necessary to come to the Embassy to vote;  all steps to register, request a ballot and vote can be done from home via the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) at www.fvap.gov.


If you do need assistance, no advance notice or sign up is required -- simply stop by at the above mentioned time and date.  The process is quick and easy, and the volunteers will be happy to help and to answer questions. For identification purposes, however, please bring your U.S. passport.  Please note the security screening procedures at http://denmark.usembassy.gov/service.html.  To facilitate entry, please do not bring portable computers, iPads, eReaders, or large bags (back packs, suitcases, etc.).  All smaller electronic devices such as mobile phones will need to be left with Embassy guards, so please bring any notes or needed voting information on paper.

Please note that voter registration regulations vary from state to state, and we recommend anyone planning to attend our event to review the registration requirements for their state before coming to the Embassy.  Please be sure to have your U.S. voting address available (if you can't find it or are unsure which address to use, we'll be happy to help you).  Since driver's licenses are a common requirement, we recommend that everyone attending the event bring their license.  Please carefully review your state's requirements.

  

Returning your ballot by mail.  Place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope containing the address of your local election officials.  Drop it off at the Embassy and we’ll send it back home for you without the need to pay international postage.  The sealed voting materials can be dropped off in the “ballot box” at the Embassy entrance any business day between 08:00 and 17:00.  If you can’t visit the Embassy in person, ask a friend or colleague to drop it off for you.  If it’s easier for you to use Denmark's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.  If time is tight, you may want to use a private courier service (e.g., FedEx, UPS, or DHL) to meet your state's ballot receipt deadline.


Links to all state voting offices, as well as a wide variety of election-related materials, can be found at the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), www.fvap.gov.

 

We urge all eligible U.S. citizens to register and vote this year!  View Ambassador Gifford's video message to voters at http://youtu.be/USZwQYrFHhE.

Planned Demonstrations for August 14-15

U.S. Embassy Copenhagen informs U.S. citizens of a planned demonstration near the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, 14 August 2014, to advocate for the legal rights of a Danish citizen currently facing criminal proceedings in the U.S. The demonstration is scheduled to begin at 1700; it will take place across the street from the U.S. Embassy on Dag Hammarskjölds Allé, central Copenhagen.  It is expected to last until 1800.  Local authorities expect up to 100 protestors with flags and banners.

There will also be a demonstration on Friday, 15 August 2014, with demonstrators marching in support of Palestinian rights. The demonstration will begin at 1600 at the Svanemøllen Station and finish at the Israeli Embassy (Lundevangsvej 4, in Hellerup). It is expected to end at 1800. See the demonstration route here. Local authorities expect 100 to 500 protestors.

There is no indication that these demonstrations will be violent. However, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful may become confrontational and escalate into violence. 

Demonstration on Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Thursday, July 31, from 1630-1900, a demonstration will originate across the street from the U.S. Embassy to protest U.S. policy in the Middle East. Local authorities anticipate 300-500 people will attend. The demonstration is expected to travel along Dag Hammarskjölds Allé, Østerbrogade, Ryvangs Allé, to Lundevangsvej in Hellerup.  There is no indication that the demonstration will be violent.  Police will be present for the duration of the demonstration. 

Other demonstrations may occur during the next few weeks due to the current political environment in the Middle East.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Demonstration on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On Tuesday, April 15, from 1700 hours to 1830 hours, a demonstration will take place across the street from the U.S. Embassy on Dag Hammarskjölds Allé in conjunction with a world-wide annual demonstration in support of Palestinians.  Local authorities anticipate the size of the protest to be roughly 50 people.  There is no indication that the demonstration will be violent.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Demonstration on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a public demonstration will take place in Copenhagen.  Protestors will assemble across the street from the U.S. Embassy in advance of the 4:00 p.m. start time and march along the planned route:  from Dag Hammarskjölds Allé to Oslo Plads, Grønningen, Esplanaden, Store Kongensgade, Kongens Nytorv, Niels Juels Gade, Holmens Kanal, and Holmens Bro, and ending at Christiansborg Slotsplads (see a map at the bottom of this message).  This protest is for the stated purpose of demonstrating against mass surveillance of the internet.  Local authorities anticipate the size of the protest to be between 500 and 1000 people.  Police will be present during the demonstration and along the planned route.  The Embassy recommends that individuals avoid parking personal vehicles in front of the Embassy beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 11.

There is no indication that the demonstration will be violent.  Police will be present during the demonstration. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Demonstration on September 19, 2013

On Thursday, September 19th, from 1800 hours to 1900 hours there will be a demonstration across the street from the U.S. Embassy.  We anticipate the size of the protest, organized by the Danish-Cuban Association, to be approximately 100 people.  There is no indication that the demonstrations will be violent.  Police will be present during the demonstration. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Planned Demonstrations Across Street from U.S. Embassy

The Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the Federation of Iranian Associations in Denmark will hold recurring demonstrations across the street from the U.S. Embassy located at Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24, 2100 København. Continued demonstrations are expected for the foreseeable future and occur regularly from approximately 1300 to 1630. We anticipate the size of each protest to be roughly 20 people.

There is no indication that any of these demonstrations will be violent.  Police will be present during all the demonstrations. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Planned Demonstrations on August 30

The Embassy informs U.S. citizens that there will be multiple demonstrations today, August 30, across Denmark regarding potential international military intervention in Syria.  One demonstration will begin at 1600 hours in the area of Christiansborg in Copenhagen.  A second demonstration will be held from 1800 hours to 1930 hours across the street from the U.S. Embassy located at Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24, 2100 København.  Local authorities anticipate the size of the protest to be roughly 100 people.  Additional demonstrations will take place in Odense and Aarhus.

There is no indication that any of these demonstrations will be violent.  Police will be present during all the demonstrations. 

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Planned Demonstration on May 4th

On Saturday, May 4th, from 1500 hours to 1700 hours there will be a demonstration across the street from the U.S. Embassy at Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24.  Approximately 100 people are expected to protest in connection with the Boston bombings. Police will be present during the demonstration.

Although there is no indication the demonstration will be violent, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful may become confrontational and escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area of the demonstration. Large crowds can be unpredictable and, as in the case of the Boston bombings, can present an attractive target for a terrorist attack. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain situational awareness and exercise caution in areas where crowds tend to gather.

Demonstration on February 22

A demonstration will take place on Friday, February 22, from 15:30 to 16:30 across the street from the U.S. Embassy.  The Federation of Iranian Associations in Denmark organized the demonstration to protest the violation of human rights in Iraq.  We anticipate the size of the protest to be roughly 20 to 25 people. 
There is no indication that the demonstration will be violent; however, U.S. citizens visiting the area around the Embassy at that time should be alert to the situation.
Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.    

U.S. Citizen Traveling To Denmark?

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  • U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website, and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.

    The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

    We encourage U.S. citizens living or traveling in Denmark to register with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen through the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) , so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Denmark. By registering, U.S. citizens make it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.

    The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is located at Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24 in Copenhagen. Our phone number is (+45) 3341-7100; Fax: (45) 3538-9616; after-hours emergencies: Tel: (45) 3341-7400. Email: CopenhagenACS@state.gov. U.S. Embassy Copenhagen home page: http://denmark.usembassy.gov/.