Non-Emergency Visa Operations Suspended

Updated: April 02, 2020 09:00

Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:  As of 20 March 2020, the United States Embassy in Romania is suspending routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments. The U.S. Embassy is not accepting applications through Renewal by Mail for B1/B2 tourist visas.  We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at www.ustraveldocs.com/ro to request an emergency appointment.  You can send specific visa inquires to VisasBucharest@state.gov

At this time, Embassy Bucharest is accepting first time and renewal visa applications from the following visa categories: 

  • C1/D merchant marine crew members (not cruise ship members)
  • C1/D air crew members
  • B1 business travelers who are engaged in lightering, Outer Continental Shelf activity, wind farm activity, private air/sea crew and other similar crew member actives
  • H2A and H2B temporary workers who will be engaged in food production in the U.S. In addition, Embassy Bucharest has expanded the Interview Waiver (IW) for certain H2A and H2B Temporary Workers. Effective immediately, the Embassy will accept applications for renewals for H2A and H2B temporary worker visas through the IW when the prior visa expired within the last two years. To qualify for the IW expansion program, applicants must be a citizen or resident of Romania with an approved petition from USCIS. This expansion of the IW program ends on 31 December 2020
  • Foreign national government officials and their immediate family members on official travel.

Important! Visa applicants who have been refused under Section 221(g) of INA and have received a yellow letter stating “Your case requires a personal appearance” must not come to the Embassy until further notice, unless they are applying for one of the above visa categories.


Updated: March 19, 2020

The Consular Section at U.S. Embassy Bucharest has suspended non-emergency visa operations in the interest of public health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. All regular visa appointments have been suspended until further notice. This includes the suspension of appointments for B1B2 tourist visas, Summer Work Travel J-1s visas, and others, unless appointments fall into an exception noted below. The suspension also applies to applicants submitting renewal applications via courier through the Interview Waiver Program. In the meantime, please direct any specific visa inquiries to the consular mail box at VisasBucharest@state.gov.

Persons whose nonimmigrant visa appointments have been cancelled, including Summer Work Travel participants, may reschedule at a later date. Please visit www.ustraveldocs.com/ro regularly for more information on the availability of nonimmigrant visa services. There is no fee to change an appointment, and visa application fees are valid for one year.

Applicants who need to travel for emergency reasons may request expedited appointments via their www.ustraveldocs.com/ro  profile for expedited requests.  All emergency appointment requests must include documentation to support the reason for urgent travel and proof of flight bookings to the United States.  The Consular Section will consider requests for emergency appointments on a case-by-case basis.