Visas

Updated October 8, 2021:

Due to current local conditions and the rapid increase in COVID infections in Romania, we are unfortunately having to cancel appointments for Business/Tourism purposes.  We will continue to accept emergency appointments for essential travel.  We will not consider requests for appointments for holidays, vacation, family visits, routine business meetings, etc…  Essential travel is considered work in support of critical infrastructure in the United States, or a life or death health emergency.  Applicants who have already paid the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee should note that the fee is valid for one year from the date of payment or until September 30, 2022, whichever is later.  We understand the inconvenience and extreme frustration this causes.  We are doing our best to accommodate necessary travel while mitigating risk to our employees and applicants.  We will continue to focus on providing as many services as possible under the circumstances and will reevaluate/reopen as soon as we can.

Updated: September 24, 2021

In light of increasing numbers of COVID cases, the Consular Section is facing the need to reduce overall capacity for the safety of applicants and staff.  To maintain our ability to provide visa services in Romania, we regret that as a temporary measure, effective October 1, 2021 we are only able to provide visa services to applicants who are Romanian citizens or who have proof of legal residence in Romania (eg, permis de ședere).   We understand the inconvenience that this causes to applicants from outside of Romania who have previously scheduled visa appointments in Bucharest that are now cancelled.  Applicants who have already paid the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee should note that the fee is valid for one year from the date of payment or until September 30, 2022, whichever is later.  We hope to resume visa services to all applicants as soon as it is safe to do so and encourage non-resident applicants to watch for updates on our operating status.  Please note that we will not be able to accommodate emergency appointment requests from non-resident applicants.  

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus

On January 25, 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are not subject to the proclamations.

The full text of the January 25 presidential proclamation is available on the White House website at:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/25/proclamation-on-the-suspension-of-entry-as-immigrants-and-non-immigrants-of-certain-additional-persons-who-pose-a-risk-of-transmitting-coronavirus-disease/  

COVID-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. For further information on waivers to testing please visit the following page: Waiver Process for CDC Order on pre-Flight Testing. 

Please note: Travelers with a U.S. visa or a valid ESTA who are from, or currently are outside the EU are not permitted to transit Schengen Area airports on their way to the United States. Transiting the Schengen Area subjects travelers to travel restrictions regardless of their initial departure place.  Because guidance is frequently changing, we suggest you check travel.state.gov and consult with your airline for the latest information.  Please be aware that the decision to admit a traveler to the United States rests with the Department of Homeland Security and we are unable to advise visa holders on whether they will be granted admission. 

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • Telephone: For Visa Interview Appointments and Visa Information, call 03 17 800 260.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.