Diplomatic and Government Officials

Travelers conducting diplomatic or official business are not eligible for Visa Waiver Program travel.

Diplomats and other foreign government officials traveling to the United States to engage solely in official duties or activities on behalf of their national government must obtain A-1 or A-2 visas prior to entering the United States. Diplomats, government officials, and employees who will work for international organizations in the United States need G visas. Officials and employees of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) who will work for NATO in the United States need NATO visas. With the exception of a Head of State or Government -- who qualifies for an A visa regardless of the purpose of travel.

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Overview

Official Travel-Hungarian Nationals

A and G visas may be issued to diplomats and other government officials for official travel to the United States. Generally, the type of visa required by a diplomat or other government official depends upon their purpose of travel to the United States. There are very specific requirements which must be met by applicants in order to qualify for A, G or NATO visas under U.S. immigration law. Most applications for diplomatic and official visas for Hungarian nationals must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy Consular Section through the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

Official Travel-Third Country Nationals

Third country national applications for diplomatic and official visas may be submitted directly to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section from accredited diplomatic missions in Hungary at our Diplomatic Window which is open Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A diplomatic note must accompany these visa applications. (See the procedure below).

G Visa Type Applicants- Employees of designated international organizations

Please note that G applications must be submitted to the U.S. Embassy by the Hungarian MFAT if the applicant is employed by the Hungarian affiliation of a designated international organization. If the applicant is not employed by the Hungarian affiliation but rather is a direct hire of the overarching international organization, is proceeding to the United States on behalf of that international organization, and thus eligible for a G4 visa, the applicant does not need to go through the MFAT. In this case, the applicant can submit the application himself/herself.

Applications for G visas may be submitted directly to our Diplomatic Window which is open Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All G-1 through G-3 visa applications must be accompanied by a diplomatic note. For those applicants who are direct hires of the international organization, an official letter requesting the issuance of a G-4 visa may be presented instead of the diplomatic note. (See the procedure below).

Procedure for third country national diplomats and G-4 visa applicants (direct hire employees of the international organizations):

1. Please contact the Visa Unit through the main number of the U.S. Embassy: 06-1-475-4400 or by e-mail: usconsular.budapest@state.gov.
2. The Visa Unit will inform you what documents will be necessary to obtain for your visa application and will provide a date for you to come to the Embassy to present your documents.
3. If the visa application is approved, you or your representative will receive your passport with the visa at the U.S. Embassy’s Visa Unit as soon as it is ready.

Diplomats on Non-Official Travel

As a courtesy to the diplomatic community, diplomats may apply for a B-1/B-2 (non-official business/tourism) visa at our Diplomatic Window which is open Monday-Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Individuals applying for a B-1/B-2 visa must come to the Embassy for an interview and biometric capture. You must bring your passport, a diplomatic note listing the names of all applicants, DS-160 confirmation page and a photograph.

Diplomats who apply for a B-1/B-2 visa with their diplomatic passports are generally exempt from paying visa fees. If the tourist visa will be placed in a regular or official/service passport, the application fee and any applicable reciprocity fees must be paid.

No personal appearance is required for applications for official travel. However, a personal interview by a consular officer and biometric capture are mandatory for applicants for diplomatic B1/B2 visas.

Procedure for third country national diplomats:

1. Please contact the Visa Unit through the main number of the U.S. Embassy: 06-1-475-4400 or by e-mail: usconsular.budapest@state.gov.
2. The Visa Unit will inform you what documents will be necessary to obtain for your visa application and will provide a date for you to come to the Embassy to present your documents.
3. If the visa application is approved, you or your representative will receive your passport with the visa at the U.S. Embassy’s Visa Unit as soon as it is ready.

Do not pay an MRV visa application fee through this site, as it will not be refunded.

Diplomatic personnel in active diplomatic service holding diplomatic passports are generally exempt from paying nonimmigrant visa fees. Official/service passport holders are not charged visa application fees for official (A or G) visas, but are required to pay visa application and reciprocal issuance fees, if applicable, for all non-official visas.

More Information

For more information, please visit this web page or consult with your government or agency's administrative office responsible for visa issues.

You can visit the Department of State website for additional information about qualifying for Diplomatic and Official visas and for more specific information about A visas and G visas.

Please note: The Embassy is closed during American and most Hungarian holidays. Please see holiday list here for holidays observed by the Embassy.

Reminder: We always recommend that individuals apply for visas well in advance of their proposed date of travel. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore, final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable ticket should not be made until a visa has been issued and you are in receipt of the passport.