The U.S. Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020, U.S. Embassies and Consulates began a phased resumption of routine visa services.
Resumption of routine visa services will occur on a post-by-post basis. Services to U.S. citizens will be prioritized to be reinstated before visa services. In addition, visa services will be prioritized to those who have urgent travel needs, diplomats, and aids to the U.S. pandemic response. The time frame for full resumption of all services does not yet have a specific date and is conditional on the local COVID-19 situation. See each U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which services it is currently offering.
Applicants with an urgent matter who need to travel immediately should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to request an emergency appointment. Contact information is on the embassy or consulate’s website. Applicants can find instructions on how to request an emergency visa appointment at the Embassy or Consulate’s website.
WR’s own consular services expert, Avi Friedman, has created a webinar on the subject that can be viewed here.
Health and safety continue to be a priority, and embassies and consulates will continue to implement safeguards such as physical distancing, requiring masks, limited capacity, and frequent sterilization of high traffic areas.
Frequently asked questions can be explored here.