Answers to Common Visa Questions during COVID-19

Travel to the United States is suspended for travelers who were present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States.  Applicants with impending travel due to extreme humanitarian emergencies may contact visaslisbon@state.gov

No. The new Presidential Proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

The Proclamation does not apply to:

  • Any non-U.S. citizen spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR),
  • Any non-U.S. citizen who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or LPR child, provided that the U.S. citizen or LPR child is unmarried and under the age of 21,
  • Any non-U.S. citizen who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or LPR, provided both the non-U.S. citizen and the U.S. citizen or LPR sibling are unmarried and under the age of 21,
  • Any non-U.S. citizen who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or LPR, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications.

Qualifying family members do not need any preapproval from the Embassy or Consulates. Travelers should carry proof of the qualifying relationship (such as a birth or marriage certificate) when initiating travel to the United States.

Please note that we do not provide travelers with letters or other documents demonstrating proof of relationship issued by the Embassy or Consulates, and we do not determine what carriers will accept as proof of relationship.

All passengers two years of age or older travelling to the US, will need to present a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel. A negative test must be presented to the airline before boarding.

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Unvaccinated U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within ONE day of travel.

Starting November 8, 2021, non-vaccinated travelers ARE PROHIBITED from flying to the United States, with few exceptions:

U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents

Travelers under 18

Official and Diplomatic visa holders

Crew members

Travelers with an exception from the CDC. To request an exception, follow this link: CDC Waiver Request

Travelers from countries with low access to vaccines, as designated by the CDC

Only fully vaccinated travelers (defined as those traveling 14 days after the second dose in a two-dose series or 14 days after a single dose in a one-dose series) and inoculated with vaccines approved by the FDA or on WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) will be permitted to travel, provided they present a negative COVID test conducted within three calendar days of boarding.

For the latest information on vaccine and travel requirements please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html

If you have further questions, please contact your air carrier.

NIE annotations are no longer necessary as Presidential Proclamation 10043 is no longer in effect.