Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

19 March, 2020

As of March 17, the United States Embassy in Quito and Consulate General in Guayaquil cancelled routine Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visa appointments.  From March 17 the U.S. Embassy and Consulate General are not accepting applications by Interview Waiver, Renewal for all visa categories.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The MRV fee is valid and may be used for a visa application in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at, email, or call 593 2 382 0600 in Quito, 593 4 380 5540, 593 4 390 2550 in Guayaquil, +1 703 249 4669 from the US or skype-ec_1 if you are using Skype to request an emergency appointment.

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus (UPDATED: 16 March 2020)

5 March, 2020

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and the subsequent proclamation issued March 14, 2020:

  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;
  • The Republic of Ireland;
  • The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland);
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran;
  • The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above listed countries 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 the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment 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.​

Presidential Proclamation 9645 and Presidential Proclamation 9983

21 February, 2020

On January 31, 2020, a new Presidential Proclamation (“Presidential Proclamation 9983”) was issued which added to the ongoing travel restrictions of P.P. 9645 by expanding them to the nationals of six additional countries. The restrictions only apply to immigrant visas and/or diversity visas, not nonimmigrant visas. More information is available at this link.

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.

Message from the Embassy of the United States in Quito and Consulate in Guayaquil

19 December, 2018

Did you know you can apply for a visa at the Embassy in Quito or the Consulate in Guayaquil? The requirements and process are the same, but wait times can vary significantly between Quito and Guayaquil. You can find our wait times here: Applicants can apply for a visa at the Embassy or the Consulate regardless of which province they live in. If you already filled out the DS-160 and chose one location as your application location, you can also request an appointment the other location without filling out a new DS-160. You will see the date for the first available appointment for each location when you pay your visa fee and can then select either Quito or Guayaquil when you schedule your interview. Just click the drop-down menu for Consular Section Location and choose the location with the earliest appointment.