On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for additional information.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require 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 72 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.


On December 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market. This proclamation extends Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 10014 and 10052 through March 31, 2021. P.P.10014 suspends the entry to the United States of certain immigrant visa applicants, while P.P.10052 suspends the entry to the United States of certain nonimmigrant visa applicants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market during the economic recovery following the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the suspension of P.P.10052 applies to applicants for H-1B, H-2B, and L-1 visas; J-1 visa applicants participating in the intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel programs; and any spouses or children of covered applicants applying for H-4, L-2, or J-2 visas. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens who are or were inside the United States or those holding valid nonimmigrant or immigrant visas on the effective date are not subject to the Proclamation.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants required to appear at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia for an interview or other consular service must meet the following requirements: have no COVID symptoms in the last 14 days; be physically present in Georgia for at least 14 days; and comply with any Georgian Government quarantine and COVID testing requirements. Access may be similarly restricted for applicants who were physically present in the last 14 days in areas within Georgia of epidemiological concern for increased COVID risk. When in doubt, please contact us before making any travel plans.

The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia is not providing routine immigrant and nonimmigrant services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date.

While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent nonimmigrant visa matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided here to request an emergency appointment.  If you have an urgent immigrant visa matter, please email tbilisiconsular@state.gov and request an emergency appointment, providing your full name and date of birth, case number if known, and justification for an emergency appointment.


The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia 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 Embassy will extend 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. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.


Several Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus (9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, 10014, 10041, and 10052) are currently in effect that affect immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing and travel to the United States. For details about these Presidential Proclamations click here. In particular, PP 9996 suspends the entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (including but not limited to France, Germany, and the Netherlands) within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Georgia. 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 Tbilisi.

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