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.

Alternative access to Citibank Branch in Dar es Salaam

16 January, 2020

This is to inform applicants that the portion of Toure Drive, close to where Citibank is located in Dar es Salaam, is now closed for maintenances. Alternate routes have been put in place in order access the Bank.

Roadblocks have been put at the junction between Kurume Road and Toure Drive to restrict access and to only allow residents and bank clients to access the area via a gravel service road that has been constructed for temporary use while construction is in progress.

If you are coming from City Centre: Through Kenyatta Drive-go until you have reached Kenyatta Garden. Go ahead until the junction to Hill Road. Drive through Hill Road until Chaza Lane - keep right. Go forward until the junction with Toure Drive, turn left drive through gravel access road to the Bank.

For those coming from other places through Toure Drive and Kurume Road you can go until the junction between these two roads and enter through access Road provided by contractors at the road blocks.

Applicants are advised to exercise maximum caution and observe provided instructions when driving through Toure Drive.

Reciprocity schedule for Tanzania will be revised for several nonimmigrant visa categories

7 January, 2020

Effective January 13, 2020, the reciprocity schedule for Tanzania will be revised for several nonimmigrant visa categories, namely for F, H-1B, L1, among others. For updated reciprocity fees please refer to

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.

Prohibited Items At The Embassy

12 March, 2018

All Embassy visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering the buildings. For reasons of safety and security, visitors may not bring the items below into any Embassy facility. These regulations apply to all visitors including those seeking Consular Services.

**IMPORTANT NOTE -- As of 2 April 2018, the Embassy will no longer store any items. Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items secure storage**

The following items are NOT permitted and will not be stored by Embassy personnel:

  • Cellphones, computers, and other electronic devices including fitness trackers
  • Media devices such as CDs, thumb drives, SD cards, headphones, and speakers
  • Cameras or video equipment
  • Flashlights
  • Lighters and matches