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COVID-19 Visa Operations

We encourage visa applicants to take advantage of the possibility to apply by mail if a personal interview or fingerprinting is not necessary.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.


Visa applications and appointments in Germany are handled by a third-party company, U.S. Travel Docs. Please visit their website for information on determining which visa type is best for you and how to apply.

U.S. Travel Docs is our official visa service provider and the only private company that the U.S. embassy and consulates in Germany authorize to provide visa information and visa application services.


Our Locations

U.S. Embassy Berlin

U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt

U.S. Consulate General in Munich