Suspension of Routine Visa Services
In response to significant worldwide challenges
related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of
State is temporarily suspending routine visa services
at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and
consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and
nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20,
2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates
will continue to provide emergency and mission
critical visa services. Our overseas missions will
resume routine visa services as soon as possible but
are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available.
More information is available on each Embassy’s
This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program.
for more information.
Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa
appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable
Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa
appointment in the country where it was purchased
within one year of the date of payment.
Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel
immediately should follow the guidance provided at
the Embassy’s website to request an emergency