Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT, the CDC rescinded its Order requiring all airline or other aircraft passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 to board any aircraft destined to the United States from a foreign country. Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.


The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut has resumed limited routine visa services. Travelers may schedule appointments for the full range of visa categories on-line. While the Consular Section aims to process cases as soon as practicable, substantial backlogs of applications and limited capacity due to COVID-19 mitigation measures may continue to result in longer wait times for appointments. We understand that many nonimmigrant visa applicants paid a visa application fee (known as the MRV fee) and are still waiting to schedule a visa interview. The Department of State extended the validity of MRV fees until September 30, 2023 to allow applicants who were unable to schedule an appointment as a result of the suspension of routine visa services an opportunity to schedule an appointment. If you have an urgent immediate need to travel to the United States, please follow the guidance provided at ustraveldocs.com to request an emergency appointment.


As a result of the suspension of routine consular operations due to COVID-19 in early 2020 and the U.S. Department of State’s ongoing efforts to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible, the Department has temporarily extended the validity of visa application fees until September 30, 2023.  If you have not scheduled a visa appointment by that date, your fee will expire and you will forfeit the right to use the fee for a visa application.



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 (this is not currently available to B1/B2 visa applicants). 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 December 31, 2021. 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.


Please be reminded to NOT finalize your travel reservations until your U.S. visa is issued. Administrative processing time may delay your visa issuance and travel plans.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Lebanon. 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 Beirut.

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