Traveling to the US? Expect the visa appointment to be longer, the Embassy says

New Delhi: The U.S. Embassy in Delhi has said there will be important appointment waiting times for some categories of nonimmigrant visas as it recovers from COVID-19-related disruptions.

“As of November 8, it is estimated that three million visa holders from India, with proof of vaccination, will be able to travel to the United States under the new international air travel policy,” the embassy said in a statement. tweet.

The United States will lift all travel restrictions for noncitizen and non-immigrant travelers entering from November 8, with only limited exceptions, and must be fully vaccinated and present proof of their Covid-19 vaccine. before embarking on a flight into the country, he had previously announced the White House.

Indians planning to travel by plane to the United States from November 8 must be fully vaccinated. Children under 18 will be exempt from it.

“Facilitating legitimate travel to support our strong and growing bilateral ties is our top priority. As we recover from COVID-19-related disruptions, we expect significant waiting times for some categories of nonimmigrant visas in our embassy and consulates, ”he said.

Facilitating legitimate travel to support our strong and growing bilateral ties is our top priority. As we recover from the interruptions related to COVID-19, we look forward to important appointment waiting times for some categories of nonimmigrant visas at our embassy and consulates.

– US Embassy in India (@USandIndia) October 30, 2021

The embassy thanked people for their patience as “we work to increase our capacity and maintain the safety of our applicants and staff.”

Thank you for your patience as we work to increase our capacity and maintain the safety of our applicants and staff. For additional information, visit https://t.co/qDtLHwHN4a.

– US Embassy in India (@USandIndia) October 30, 2021

Currently, travelers to the U.S. are required to provide a current negative Covid-19 test result before being able to board the flight.

Under the new protocol, airlines will require travelers to provide a vaccination test issued by an official source – for example, the fact sheet said the public health agency, a government agency – in the country where the vaccine was administered.

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