Announcements

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

6 February, 2020

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.

To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the “Continue” option, and follow the system instructions under the “ reschedule appointment” action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.

New restrictions on travel to the United States for non-U.S. citizens

3 February, 2020

Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.

Important Information for Visiting U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados for your Visa Appointment

22 November, 2019

Please be aware that there is extremely limited standing and sitting space available for the public outside the Embassy to wait for their scheduled appointment.

Only visa applicants with scheduled appointments and parents of minor children will be allowed onto Embassy grounds and into the Consular Section waiting room. Those who are simply accompanying applicants and do not have their own individual appointment will be denied entry into the Embassy and will be without a public waiting area.

Arriving early for your visa appointment does not mean faster service. We do not operate on a “first come, first served” basis; instead, each visa applicant has a scheduled appointment time to allow for time and space constraints within the Embassy. Therefore, visa applicants will be allowed entry into the Embassy no more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment. If you arrive earlier than 15 minutes before your appointment time, you will be asked to leave and return closer to your appointment time.

Applicants should not bring electronics with them for their appointments if possible. Mobile phones, laptops, or tablets are not allowed into the Consular Section. All applicants must turn off their cell phones and go through security screening before entering the Embassy, similar to entering an airport. If an applicant must bring a mobile phone, then it must be checked with Embassy security personnel and retrieved upon departing the Embassy. Embassy security personnel will not secure items larger than a mobile phone. In order to speed up security checks and reduce time spent in lines, applicants should not bring suitcases, large bags, backpacks, or any other large or bulky objects, as there is no storage space available at the Embassy and these items will not be allowed into the Consular Section.

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.