Due to COVID-19, country and local conditions are changing, and travel information is often confusing. Below is a summary of issues that should be considered when returning to the United States. Individuals should also contact their airline to confirm if there are specific boarding requirements.



  • Country and Local Conditions: Conditions are rapidly changing. Check your local requirements, and your airline’s requirements, prior to travel. Click here for updated, country-specific information.
  • Visa appointments: A visa appointment should be scheduled right away. If a desired date is not available, an emergency appointment can be requested. However, emergency appointments are highly discretionary and are limited to residents applying for a visa in their home country. Appointments may also be cancelled by the consulates with little notice.
  • National Interest Exception (NIE): If granted, an NIE is valid for 30 days from the date of issue for one entry into the United States. An NIE may be requested only from outside of the United States. Most consulates’ processing times are 30-60 days.
  • *Other exempted individuals include, but are not limited to: Noncitizen nationals of the U.S.; noncitizen who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or LPR; any noncitizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or LPR, provided that the U.S. citizen or LPR is unmarried and under the age of 21; and any noncitizen who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or LPR, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21. Click here to view a full list.
  • **Information is based on current policies. Immigration and travel policies remain fluid, and COVID-19 restrictions are constantly changing .