COVID related access requirements valid from January 18, 2022

Any individual seeking services from the Embassy should be prepared to present a valid digital or paper COVID-19 certificate showing that the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, or has received a negative COVID test result within 48 hours, or has recovered from COVID-19. Minors under the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement.

Recovery from COVID-19 can be proven by one of the following documents:

  • "Valid EU digital COVID certificate of recovery" is a document certifying by a PCR test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid in the EU for the period from the 11th to the 180th day from the date of the test entered in the document. The same is valid for 1 year in Bulgaria.
  • "Valid COVID certificate of recovery" is a document certifying by an antigen test that a person has suffered from COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 1 year.
  • "Valid COVID certificate for antibodies" is a document certifying by a test that a person has antibodies for COVID-19 which is valid only in Bulgaria for 3 months.
  • Apply for an Expedited Appointment

    On this page:


    Overview

    If you have an unforeseen travel need as per one of the criteria listed below, you may qualify for an expedited appointment depending on availability at the Embassy. It is important to ensure you meet all the criteria, because applicants are only allowed to create one expedite appointment request.

    Qualifications

    Before you apply for an expedited appointment, you must ensure that you have documentary evidence to prove the urgency. If it appears during your visa interview that you misrepresented the reasons for expedited travel, such facts will be noted on your case file and may adversely influence the outcome of your visa application. 

    All applicants requesting an expedited appointment are required to first pay visa fees for a regular visa appointment. Applicants who are granted an expedited appointment but are subsequently refused a visa or who missed their interview at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate will not be allowed to utilize this option to obtain another expedited appointment.

    Please note, that if your request for an expedited appointment is denied you wouldn’t be able to make a second request during the course of your visa application.

    You will have to attend the regular appointment you scheduled initially.

    Medical Needs

    Purpose of travel is to obtain urgent medical care, or to accompany a relative or employer for urgent medical care, or to visit a relative suffering from an immediate, life-threatening medical condition.

    Essential documentation:

    A letter from your doctor in Bulgaria describing the medical condition and why you are seeking medical care in the United States

    A letter from the physician or hospital in the United States indicating that they are prepared to treat your case and providing the approximate cost of the treatment

    Evidence of how you will pay for the cost of the treatment

    Funeral/Death

    Purpose of travel is to attend the funeral of or make arrangements for repatriating the body of an immediate family member (mother, father, brother, sister, child, grandparent, or grandchild) in the United States.

    Essential documentation:

    A letter from the funeral director stating the contact information, the details of the deceased, and the date of the funeral

    You must also present evidence that the deceased is an immediate relative

    Students or exchange visitors

    Purpose of travel is to begin or resume a valid program of study in the United States within 60 days when no regular visa appointments are available. This option is limited only to students and exchange students who are within 60 days of their start date. It is also limited only to applicants who have not been refused a visa within the last six months at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

    Essential documentation:

    Original Form I-20 or DS-2019 indicating start date of program within 60 days

    Evidence that you have paid the SEVIS fee (when applicable)

    Applying for an Expedited Appointment

    Step 1

    Pay the visa application fee.

    Step 2

    Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form.

    Step 3

    Schedule an appointment online for the earliest available date. Please note that you must schedule an appointment before you can request an expedited date. At the time you schedule your appointment, you will see an onscreen message showing the earliest available appointment date, which includes expedited appointments. Accordingly, you may find that it is not necessary to request an expedited appointment because there are no earlier dates available. If you wish to proceed with requesting an expedited appointment, then complete the Expedited Request Form or contact the call center to request assistance. Please be sure to note the type of urgency you believe qualifies you for an expedited appointment. Once you have submitted your request, please wait for a response from the Embassy, which will arrive via email.

    Step 4

    If the Embassy approves your request then you will receive an email alerting you to schedule your expedited appointment online. Please understand that the call center cannot schedule your expedited appointment for you, but agents are able to assist you if questions arise. After your emergency request has been approved you will need log in your profile and cancel your current appointment and reschedule for a new emergency slot. Should the Embassy deny your request for an expedited appointment, you will be notified of the denial by email and you should keep your existing appointment.

    Note: The email confirming or denying your request will come from no-reply@ustraveldocs.com. Some email applications have rules which filter unknown senders into a spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received your email notification, please look for the message in your junk and spam email folders.

    Step 5

    Visit the U. S. Embassy on the date and time of your visa interview. You will need to bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your Form DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months, your current passport, and the original visa fee payment receipt. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.