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 here for additional information


For Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants: The Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) Units of the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and the U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  Please note, the visa delivery service and visa mail-in renewal submission locations will be open until February 9. If your visa application is approved and you do not receive your passport back by February 9, you will receive them by courier after the Tet holiday.

The NIV Unit will reopen to the public on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

For Immigrant Visa Applicants: The Immigrant Visa (IV) Unit of the Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public from Wednesday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 17, 2021.  Immigrant visa applicants who have been asked to submit additional documents should not plan on doing so during this period.  The IV Unit will continue conducting visa interviews through February 9, 2021.  However, please expect a delay in the delivery of your visa due to the Tet closure.  If you have an urgent need to travel, please notify our office at the time of your interview.

The IV Unit will reopen to the public on Thursday, February 18, 2021.


Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers ages two years and older 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.


Beginning December 7 and 9 respectively, the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi have opened up a limited number of appointments for B1/B2 visas.  This visa is appropriate for short term visitors who want to travel to the United States for business or pleasure. 

As of July 15, the United States Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City have resumed certain nonimmigrant visa services, including: F, M, certain J categories (alien physician, government visitor, international visitor professor, research scholar, short-term research scholar, specialist, secondary school student and college/university student), C1/D, E, I, O, and P visas, and certain immigrant visas including IR1, IR2, CR1, and CR2.  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 matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/vn/vn-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.

Please note, you must wear a face mask when visiting the Embassy or Consulate.  If you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please postpone your appointment with our offices and reschedule a new one after at least 14 days.


The U.S. Mission to Vietnam 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 U.S. Mission 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.


The Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within 14 days in certain countries prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States, and the Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak remain in effect.  For details about these Presidential Proclamations click here.


Attention:Nonimmigrant Visas Applicants should submit electronically the DS-160 online form before making an appointment. Update your profile with the DS-160 barcode number by selecting “Update Profile” on this website.  When scheduling your appointment, use the same barcode from your current DS-160.  If you have made an appointment with an invalid or previously used barcode, you must update your profile at least three (3) business days prior to your appointment date with the new/valid barcode. Otherwise, you will not be allowed in for an interview and will need to make a new appointment using the new/valid DS-160 barcode. Please bring printouts of your DS-160 confirmation and appointment confirmation to your interview.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Vietnam. 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 Hanoi and the Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

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