Entry into the United States of noncitizens who are not U.S. lawful permanent residents and who were present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. Applicants with impending travel due to extreme humanitarian emergencies may contact ConsulMO@state.gov. All Centers for Disease Control orders pertaining to vaccination and testing requirements still apply. There are very limited exceptions for diplomats (A and G visa holders) and air and sea crew (C1/D visa holders).


On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Effective July 31st, 2021 US Embassy in Moscow discontinues acceptance of nonimmigrant visa application fees through the network of computerized Russia Post branch in Russia. There are no plans to resume acceptance of nonimmigrant visa application fees at this point of time. All fees purchased before August 1st, 2021 are valid until September 30, 2023. MRV fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to a different applicant or country of application.


Starting from July 12, 2021 domestic delivery services to applicant’s address would be re-introduced as a premium service. Applicants who would like to use this service would need to opt for it and update their profiles on www.ustraveldocs.com. Once documents would be ready to ship, applicants would be contacted over email and requested to pay a fee of 15 USD (in Russian Rubles at the applicable exchange rate)/per applicant online.


U.S. Embassy Moscow no longer offers non-diplomatic visa services due to the Russian government’s April 23 notification prohibiting the U.S. Embassy Russia from employing foreign nationals in any capacity. Russian nationals may continue applying for non-immigrant visas at any U.S. embassy or consulate where they can obtain an appointment. Due to the suspension of immigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, the U.S. Department of State has designated the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to process immigrant visas for residents of Russia. Please find additional information here. We are not processing boarding foils at this time. We regret that the actions of the Russian government have made it impossible for our office to continue offering non-diplomatic visa services in Russia. All consular services at the U.S. Consulates in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain in suspended status.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires 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 24 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 click here. 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.


The U.S. Mission to Russia 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 the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, 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. Please note that MRV fees are only valid for use within the country where they were purchased.


Effective June 1, 2021 provision of document delivery services is discontinued from 27 Russia post document delivery location in Russia. VFS Global document delivery locations will continue to provide the services. Please visit this page to learn additional information about the list of locations.


We would like to inform callers who are intending to schedule an appointment through our call center that our call center agents have the same access to appointment slots or scheduling as applicants have in their profiles. If there is no availability when applicants attempt to schedule an appointment, they will not encounter more availability through the call center. Applicants whose profiles are temporarily blocked will need to wait 72 hours before access to their profiles will be restored.


You will NOT be permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy with (a) electronic devices or accessories, including mobile phones, tablets (such as iPads), e-readers, smaller electronic devices such as smartwatches and electronic fitness devices, USB flash drives, cables, wires, and headphones; (b) any large bag or luggage; or (c) any sharp or flammable items (including perfume and other sprays), weapons, ammunition, or explosives. Prohibited items will not be stored by Embassy personnel. See the Security Regulations section for full information.


Applicants residing in Crimea: Please click here for important information.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Russia. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S. Consulates General in Vladivostok (Consular Services Suspended), and Yekaterinburg (Consular Services Suspended).

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Russia.