Rescission of Presidential Proclamation 10014
26 February, 2021
President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled "Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak," on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamation-10014.html.
Suspension of Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market
26 February, 2021
PP 10052, which suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak, remains in effect. Specifically, the suspension in PP 10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas.
CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States
2 February, 2021
Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement, please refer to the country-specific information provided at the website links below:
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Trinidad and Tobago:
United Arab Emirates:
Questions and Answers regarding the “Negative Covid-19 Test Requirement”:
Q: What about American parents traveling overseas to complete international adoptions?
A: U.S. citizens completing adoptions overseas should review CDC’s guidance regarding travel into the United States, as it applies to both parents and children.
Q: Is the Department of State going to start requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or test for visa applicants?
A: We have no changes to visa requirements to announce at this time. Information regarding required vaccinations for immigrant visa applicants may be found on our website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/immigrate/the-immigrant-visa-process/step-10-prepare-for-the-interview/medical-examination-faqs.html.
Q: Given the CDC has begun requiring negative tests to enter the United States, will foreign nationals with a negative test or vaccine be able to get a visa/enter the United States even if they would normally be restricted by one of the Presidential Proclamations? If a foreign national obtains a National Interest Exception, will they be exempt from the negative testing requirement?
A: All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information regarding testing requirements, we refer you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Q: If your workforce is now getting vaccinated, are you going to restart full visa services at all posts?
A: The health and safety of both our workforce and customers remains paramount. U.S. embassies and consulates are working to resume routine visa services on a location-by-location basis, in accordance with public health data and local conditions. We will only resume all services worldwide when it is safe and appropriate to do so. See each U.S. embassy or consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which services it currently offers.
Our embassies and consulates have put in place safeguards to keep staff and customers safe, including implementing physical distancing in our waiting rooms, scheduling fewer interviews at a time, frequent disinfection of high touch areas, and following local health and safety regulations. These necessary safeguards have temporarily reduced the visa processing capacity at many of our posts, requiring them to prioritize the most urgent and mission-critical cases. In order to protect the health and safety of visa applicants, these measures will remain in place even after all of our staff have received COVID-19 vaccines.
Q: There are reports of foreign nationals traveling to Florida to receive vaccines. Is that permitted under the law?
A: Seeking medical treatment in the United States is a permissible purpose of travel for individuals holding a valid visitor visa; you may find more information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html. For questions regarding entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, we refer you to the Department of Homeland Security.
For questions regarding individuals' eligibility to receive the vaccine in the United States as part of a priority group, we refer you to local health authorities.
Q: What will happen to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who present forged or otherwise illegitimate negative COVID test results in order to try to enter the United States?
A: Per the CDC’s order, travelers must present a verifiable, documented test result to their airline in order to travel. Individuals found to have provided forged or otherwise illegitimate test results may be denied boarding and/or entry into the United States. We refer you to CDC, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Transportation for information on implementation.
Q: Will travelers be able to request CDC waivers (exemptions) from the testing requirement for emergency or humanitarian reasons at Embassies and Consulates?
A: Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited case-by-case basis when extraordinary emergency travel, such as emergency medical evacuation, must occur to preserve someone’s health or safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. Individuals who believe they meet the criteria will find information on how to request an emergency waiver on the website of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. There are no waivers available through this process for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.
Q: If I'm vaccinated, do I have to present a negative COVID test to fly to the United States? Why?
A: All passengers age two and older are subject to the order, even those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. For questions regarding the testing requirements, we refer you to the CDC, which has information on Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States and Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.
Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus
26 January, 2021
Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996 and 10041, the Presidential Proclamation issued on January 25:
- South Africa;
- 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 the above list of 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.
Please visit the following link for additional information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/presidential-proclamation-coronavirus.html
Rescission of Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983
22 January, 2021
On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled "Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States." This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Please visit the link for additional information: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/rescission-of-presidential-proclamations-9645-and-9983.html
U.S. Embassy Zagreb is only processing visa applications from Croatian nationals or those who have permanent residency in Croatia
2 January, 2021
At this time, U.S. Embassy Zagreb is only processing visa applications from Croatian nationals or those who have permanent residency in Croatia. Appointments made by third-country nationals who do not meet these requirements will be cancelled.
Limited Visa Services Available
2 January, 2021
Limited Visa Services are Available for Croatian Nationals and Residents for Nonimmigrant Visas.
The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is processing limited nonimmigrant visa interview appointments intended for emergency purposes for Croatian nationals and residents only due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who qualify under the below categories may apply for visa interview appointments. Applicants will need to request emergency appointments for travel that will take place in the next 30 days.
Emergency appointments may be approved for C1/D, F, M, J, E, I, O, P, H, and L visas with immediate planned travel. Limited appointments will be approved for emergency, mission-critical B1/B2 travel.
All other nationals who are not Croatian and who are not residents of the Consular district in Croatia, will not receive appointments at this time. If they do make appointments, emergency appointments will not be approved.
To apply for a visa interview you must register in the system, make payment and schedule the first available appointment. Next, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.
The procedure for E visa applications remains the same per instructions on the website.
Effective June 13, all visitors over the age of two years old to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb are required to wear a face covering during their appointment. The Consulate will not provide face coverings, and you will be denied entry if you do not bring a covering with you. Please plan ahead.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
Extension of Visa Fee Validity
30 December, 2020
The U.S. Department of State understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that U.S. Missions will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus
16 September, 2020
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Government has imposed restrictions and requirements that may affect travel to the United States. Please review the information below before scheduling or attending a visa-related appointment.
U.S. Visa and Travel Updates
For the latest information from the U.S. Department of State regarding visa issues and travel to the United States, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html.
14 August, 2020
The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce that, as of August 18, 2020, we will resume processing limited nonimmigrant B1/B2 visas for business or tourism purposes for Croatian nationals only. This is in addition to F, J (with an exception for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program), M, I, O, P and E visa categories. All other nationals or applicants who do not have residency in Croatia will not receive appointments at this time.
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt or call 01/7776538 to request an emergency appointment.
Effective June 13 all visitors over the age of two are required to bring a face covering to their appointment. The Embassy will not provide face coverings and you will be denied entry if you do not comply. Please plan ahead.
Resumption of Visa Services for Certain Categories of Nonimmigrant Visas
10 July, 2020
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce that, as of July 15, 2020, we will resume processing of certain categories of nonimmigrant visas such as: F, J (with an exception for aliens participating in an intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program), M, I, O, P and E. Although we are still not conducting routine visa appointments for all visa categories, we are encouraging visa applicants who qualify under these categories to apply.
If you want to apply for I, O or P visa you must register in the system, make payment, schedule the first available appointment and then request an expedited appointment.
The procedure for E visa applications remains the same as per instructions on the website.
If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt to request an emergency appointment.
Effective June 13 all visitors to the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb will be required to wear a face covering. All visitors over the age of 2 will be required to bring a face covering to their appointment in order to apply for a visa. The Consulate will not provide face coverings and you may be denied entry if you do not bring a covering with you. Please plan ahead.
VISAS: National Interest Exemptions for Certain Professional Athletes and their Essential Staff and Dependents
2 June, 2020
On May 22, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Wolf signed an order exempting certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues from Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996. This exemption only applies to certain professional athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents. Individuals who believe they may qualify under this exemption should ask their athletic league representative to contact DHS for guidance on whether they are exempted.
- If you have a valid visa and have questions about this order, please contact your athletic league representative to clear proposed travel with DHS.
- If your athletic league or group has been exempted by DHS and you require a visa to travel, follow the instructions on the website of your nearest Embassy or Consulate to complete your application and request a visa appointment.
- Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. Travel by individuals excepted by DHS under this order may qualify as mission-critical. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.
IW (Interview Waiver) Program Is Active
26 May, 2020
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is pleased to announce that the IW (Interview Waiver) program is again active from May 22, 2020. Although we are still not conducting routine visa appointments, we are encouraging all visa applicants who qualify under this program to apply for a renewal of their visas.
Covid-19 - Visa Services and Restrictions
21 May, 2020
In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State has temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates have canceled all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020, but will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html.
Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
26 March, 2020
As of March 18, 2020, the United States Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia is cancelling routine Nonimmigrant visa appointments. From March 18, 2020, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications by Interview Waiver, From Renewal by Mail, Drop Box, or Mail-in. 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 https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-hr/niv/information/faqs#need_earlier_appt or the phone no. 01/7776538 to request an emergency appointment.
Revised Reciprocity Schedule for Croatia
9 October, 2019
As of October 9, 2019, the reciprocity schedule for U.S. visas issued to Croatian citizens was revised. This change will increase the fee for the below categories commensurate to those imposed by the Government of Croatia on U.S. citizens. These fees will be collected at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy upon the conclusion of the interview with a Consular Officer. Note the old reciprocity fees and validities are in parentheses.
|E1||$395 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|E2||$395 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|F1||$285 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|F2||$285 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|H-1B||$170 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|H4||$77 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|I||$440 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|L1||$410 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|L2||$255 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|R1||$110 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
|R2||$33 ($0)||Multiple||60 Months|
The Department of State publishes the reciprocity schedule here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country.html.
3 July, 2019
Once a visa has been approved, the passport will be available for pick up within 3-5 work days in the selected DHL office. Passports will not be available for return before that. Please plan your travel accordingly. REQUESTS TO RETURN PASSPORTS TO APPLICANTS BEFORE NORMAL VISA PRINTING AND RETURN ARE COMPLETE MAY RESULT IN TERMINATION OF APPLICATION AND FORFEITURE OF FEE.