Visa Update: Phased Resumption of Routine Visa Services

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As global conditions evolve, U.S. Embassies and Consulates have initiated a phased resumption of routine visa services. The resumption of routine visa services is on a post-by-post basis, in coordination with the Department’s Diplomacy Strong framework for safely returning our workforce to Department facilities. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. As post-specific conditions improve, our missions have begun providing additional services, culminating eventually in a complete resumption of routine visa services.

We are unable to provide a specific date for when each mission will resume specific visa services, or when each mission will return to processing at pre-Covid workload levels. See for information regarding operating status and which services it is currently offering. Our missions overseas continue to provide all possible services to U.S. citizens. More information is available on

Applicants with an urgent matter who need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided on our website at (Nonimmigrant Visa) or (Immigrant Visa) to request an emergency appointment.