Presidential Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Effective November 8 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, all adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This does not affect visa issuance but does suspend the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants, including students.
Travelers must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including accepted vaccines as well as details on exceptions and waivers, is available at here.
Individuals seeking entry to the United States as immigrants are subject to separate medical examination and vaccination requirements as documented by our panel physicians.
The immigrant visa backlog is the result of several COVID-related delays, which prevented us from processing immigrant visa cases at pre-pandemic levels. We are committed to reducing the backlog of immigrant visa applicants waiting to schedule appointments at our Embassy, while keeping our staff and applicants safe. For more information, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/visa-services-operating-status-update.html
COVID-19 Testing Requirement for International Travel to the United States
Effective December 6, 2021, before boarding a flight to the US from a foreign country, all air passengers – 2 years or older, regardless of vaccination status – are required to present a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one (1) calendar day before departure to the United States. Note that this is measured in calendar days and not hours. As an example, if your flight departs at 10:00 PM on Friday, a test taken at 8:00 AM on Thursday would be acceptable. Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (in the last 90 days). Air passengers will also be required to submit an attestation form, confirming the information they present is true. Airlines may deny boarding to any passengers who fail to provide the necessary documentation. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Limited regular B1/B2 appointments
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, related health mitigations, and resource constraints, the U.S. Embassy’s consular services are limited in the ability to schedule interviews for regular B1/B2 (tourist/business) non-immigrant visa applicants at this time. The health and safety of our staff and customers remain paramount.
If you have already applied for a B1/B2 visa and paid your visa (MRV) fee, please note that your payment is valid through September 2023. If you have not applied, we encourage you to consider waiting until interview appointments become readily available unless you have an emergency need to travel. If you wish to renew a visa and meet the requirements (https://ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-visarenew.asp), we are still accepting and processing renewal applications from our drop box.
If you believe you have an emergency need to travel, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/bd/bd-niv-expeditedappointment.asp. Please note that if your expedited appointment request does not meet our criteria and is refused, you will not receive any refund of your MRV fees. You will, however, still be eligible for an interview when slots become available provided your MRV fee is valid.
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