Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus

27 May, 2020

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 the subsequent proclamation issued May 24, 2020:

  • Brazil;
  • 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. 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.​

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:

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

24 April, 2020

On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants who present risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak. The proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23 and expires in 60 days, unless continued by the President. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and those holding valid immigrant visas on the effective date of the Proclamation, are not subject to the proclamation. No valid visas will be revoked under this Proclamation. Routine visas services have been suspended at U.S. posts worldwide, but as resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for applicants who are not subject to this presidential proclamation. The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at:

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

19 March, 2020

As of March, 18, the United States Embassy in Jerusalem and its Branch Office in Tel Aviv are cancelling routine Immigrant and/or Nonimmigrant visa appointments. [If applicable] From March 15, the U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications and/or follow up documents through Israel Post or Wassel for all visa types. 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, or contact by email Jerusalem:, Tel Aviv:, or by phone 03-9058062 to request an emergency appointment.

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.

Visa appointments are usually available much sooner in Jerusalem

22 January, 2020

Visa appointments are usually available much sooner in Jerusalem. Please check the appointment availability in Jerusalem before Tel Aviv. However, until February 28, 2020, applicants with mobility issues may have difficulty accessing the Jerusalem consular section because of construction projects.

Starting November 4, the parking lot at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will no longer be available to the public

16 October, 2019

Starting November 4, the parking lot at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will no longer be available to the public. Public parking in the surrounding area will continue to be available. If you choose to drive, please allow sufficient time to find parking and walk to the Embassy. You may also use public transportation, including buses or taxis. The following buses have stops near the U.S. Embassy:

Egged Bus 7-Alef
Egged Bus 78-Alef
Egged Bus 7
Egged Bus 78
South Bus 203
South Bus 204
South Bus 222
South Bus 224
South Bus 231

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.


18 September, 2017

If you are an immigrant visa applicant or Green Card holder residing in Gaza and require a permit to attend an interview, please follow the following steps:

  1. Contact us via email at to receive an appointment letter.
  2. We will schedule your appointment and mail you an appointment letter to Gaza via courier. Your letter will arrive more than 60 days in advance of your proposed appointment to allow time for the permitting process.
  3. Immediately apply for your permit to leave Gaza through the District Coordination office (DCO). You should present the appointment letter issued by the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem as evidence of the date of your appointment.
  4. The Israeli authorities at Erez will provide a shuttle service on the date of your interview directly to the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Consular Section at 14 David Flusser Street. Same-day return shuttle service is also provided.