*For Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants: The Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Units of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public beginning Monday, January 31 through Friday, February 4, 2022. Please note, the visa delivery service and visa mail-in renewal submission locations will be open until January 29, 2022. If your visa application is approved and you do not receive your passport back by January 29, 2022, you will receive them by courier after the Tet holiday. Before mailing your passport to the Embassy or Consulate, please ensure that you will not need it during the Tet holiday. If your travel is urgent, you may wish to consider requesting an expedited appointment.
The NIV Unit will reopen to the public on Monday, February 7, 2022.

*For Immigrant Visa Applicants: The Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit of the Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public from Monday, January 31 through Friday, February 4, 2022. Immigrant visa applicants who have been asked to submit additional documents should not plan on doing so during this period. The IV Unit will continue conducting visa interviews through Friday, January 28, 2022. However, please expect a delay in the delivery of your visa due to the Tet closure. If you have an urgent need to travel, please notify our office at the time of your interview.
The IV Unit will reopen to the public on Monday, February 7, 2022.

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.

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 one day 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.

221(g) Mail-in Visa Applicants at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City
- Beginning December 24, 2021, the U.S. Consulate will be suspending processing of 221g applicants until January 17, 2022. The Consulate will resume processing 221g applicants on January 18,2022.
- From January 18,2022, you may come to the consulate for an interview anytime between 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, except holidays. The Consulate will welcome only a limited number of such applicants, so it is first come, first serve. If you submitted your mail-in visa application more than 6 months before the interview, then you will also need to provide a new visa photo.

As of October 4, 2021, delivery services are resumed with restriction in certain areas due social distancing regulations, please check here for the list of available document drop-off and pickup locations.

As of October 4, 2021, Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa interviews will gradually resume as staffing, safety guidelines, and local regulations permit. However, please note that applicants may continue to encounter significant scheduling delays.

Nonimmigrant visa applicants who are in an urgent need to travel should continue to follow the instructions here to request an expedited appointment.

Fiancé(e) and immigrant visa applicants who have questions about their specific case may contact the Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit here

Important Notices:
- You must wear a face mask when visiting the Embassy or Consulate.
- Please postpone your appointment with our offices and reschedule a new one after at least 21 days if you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Please check restrictions on inter-province or intra-province travel and entry to to the U.S. Embassy / Consulate General before your departure for your scheduled appointment, click here for more information.

Secretary Blinken, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 months were eligible for an interview waiver. The Secretary has temporarily extended the expiration period to 48 months. This policy is in effect until further notice. This change will allow consular officers to continue processing certain nonimmigrant visa applications while limiting the number of applicants who must appear at a consular section, thereby reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to other applicants and consular staff. Travelers are encouraged to review the website of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for detailed information on what services are currently available as well as eligibility information and instructions on applying for a visa without an interview.

The U.S. Mission to Vietnam understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of April 1, 2021. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020 or purchased between March 20, 2020 and March 31, 2021, the U.S. Mission extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, 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. Fees paid on or after April 1, 2021 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.

Attention:Nonimmigrant Visas Applicants should submit electronically the DS-160 online form before making an appointment. Update your profile with the DS-160 barcode number by selecting “Update Profile” on this website.  When scheduling your appointment, use the same barcode from your current DS-160.  If you have made an appointment with an invalid or previously used barcode, you must update your profile at least three (3) business days prior to your appointment date with the new/valid barcode. Otherwise, you will not be allowed in for an interview and will need to make a new appointment using the new/valid DS-160 barcode. Please bring printouts of your DS-160 confirmation and appointment confirmation to your interview.

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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Vietnam. 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 Hanoi and the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

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