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Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions for VISAS
January 13, 2022

Update on Safely Resuming Travel by Vaccine Requirement and Rescission of Travel Restrictions

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 takes effect at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time on November 8, 2021, will end 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 can be found here as well as these FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Testing for International Travel.

This new travel policy ended the need for National Interest Exceptions (NIE).  

Find out if you can board a flight to the U.S. and which documentation is required: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/travel-assessment/index.html 

The CDC’s website explains that, for purposes of entry into the United States, the accepted vaccines will include FDA approved or authorized (Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna) and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines (such as AstraZeneca-Oxford). Please see  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.

Important Announcement on Waivers of the Interview Requirement for Certain Nonimmigrant Visas  

Effective immediately, until December 31, 2022, citizens and permanent residents of Germany applying for individual petition-based H-1, H-3, H-4, L, O, P, and Q visas and for F,M, or academic J (secondary and university students, professors, research scholars, short-term scholars, and specialists only) visas, may apply for a visa by mail without an in-person interview, if they have held a previous visa of any class or traveled to the United States using ESTA. Detailed information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/important-announcement-on-waivers-of-the-interview-requirement-for-certain-nonimmigrant-visas.html   

For instructions on how to apply by mail, please visit https://ustraveldocs.com/de/de-niv-visarenew.asp 

You may contact the U.S. consular section in your area for any additional questions or concerns.