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.

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.

Presidential Proclamation on Novel Coronavirus

20 February, 2020

On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who traveled to China within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in the United States. The proclamation is in effect as of Sunday, February 2. This action follows the declaration of a public health emergency in the United States related to the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Foreign diplomats traveling to the United States on A or G visas are excepted from this proclamation. Other exceptions include certain family members of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, including spouses, children (under the age of 21), parents (provided that the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is unmarried and under the age of 21), and siblings (provided that both the sibling and the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident are unmarried and under the age of 21). There is also an exception for crew traveling to the United States on C, D or C1/D visas.

The full text of the presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at:

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.


31 October, 2017

If you are an applicant residing in the Gaza Strip and require a permit to attend your non-immigrant visa interview:

  1. After completing your DS-160 at and creating a user account at, select the option stating that you reside in Gaza. Then, schedule a Consular Section appointment by selecting the specific date/appointment reserved only for Gazan applicants. Please choose a date over 60 days in advance in order to allow time for the permitting process.
  2. Apply for your permit to leave Gaza through the District Coordination Office (DCO). You may present a printout from this website as proof of the date of your appointment.
  3. A shuttle from Erez to be coordinated by the Israeli authorities will take you directly to the U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Consular Section at 14 David Flusser Street. Same-day return shuttle service will also be provided.

Note: This guidance does not apply to immigrant visa applicants or Green Card holders. Guidance for immigrant visa applicants and Green Card holders residing in Gaza is available HERE.