In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide urgent and emergency visa services.
- These Embassies will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
- Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was paid within one year of the date of payment.
- Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available. Please check the website of each embassy or consulate for more information.
In addition, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel.
- The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.