On October 25, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” This proclamation, which took effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, ended the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations (P.P.) 9984, 9992, 10143, and 10199 as they relate to the suspension of entry into the United States of persons physically present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In place of these restrictions, the President announced a global vaccination requirement for all adult foreign national travelers. More information about this global vaccination requirement, including details on exceptions and waivers due to humanitarian concerns, is available at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Effective October 1, F and J student visa applicants who meet certain criteria may be eligible for interview waiver before December 31, 2021. Please click here to determine your eligibility.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires 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 within one day 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. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here.

Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days.


The U.S. Mission to Sierra Leone understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of October 1, 2021. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020 or purchased between March 20, 2020 and September 30, 2021 the U.S. Mission extended 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. Fees paid on or after October 1, 2021 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


The U.S. Embassy in Freetown will contact your petitioner by email or telephone when your case is ready to begin processing. Please, do not make any visa fee payments or schedule appointments unless you, or your, petitioner has been contacted by the U.S. Embassy and instructed to do so.

Kindly note that K visa applicants, and your derivatives, if any, will be instructed by the U.S. Embassy to make visa fee payments at a branch of Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) in Sierra Leone. After which, you will be able to schedule your appointments online at www.ustraveldocs.c/sl

Thank you for your kind understanding.



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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Sierra Leone. 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 Freetown.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Embassy in Freetown.