Visas

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is currently closed to routine services.  We are only providing emergency services as needed as we are complying with the Cuba’s COVID-19 reduction measures.

IMMIGRANT VISA – The U.S. Embassy in Georgetown, Guyana is resuming visa operations in phases. Immigrant visa services have resumed, giving priority to certain categories of visas. You may find additional information on the current status of operation at Embassy Georgetown here. Applicants awaiting appointments or in process must await instructions and refrain from travelling to Guyana unless they have secured and registered an appointment there. Before making any travel plans to Guyana, please read: https://cu.usembassy.gov/traveled-to-geo-without-an-appointment/ . Expired immigrant visa holders may find visa renewal information at the FAQs below.

Warning: DO NOT pay any visa processing fees to third parties. There is no additional fee to make an appointment. Visa processing fees are paid to NVC (Immigrant Visas), Scotiabank Guyana (NIV & Fiancé Visas) or in limited cases, directly to the Embassy’s cashier. Please e-mail us at FPUGeorge@state.gov if you are asked to pay any extra fees for an appointment.

Follow-up appointments in Havana have been also suspended until further notice and document review required by Embassy Georgetown at the time of the interview may be delayed while the current situation persists. To review some of the most frequently asked questions about immigrant visa processing during COVID19, please visit: https://cu.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/immigrant-visa-frequently-asked-questions/.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories  on usvisas.state.gov  to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Presidential proclamation 10014: President Trump signed a proclamation suspending entry into the United States of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak. The proclamation expires on December 31, 2020, unless continued by the President. You may read the full text of the proclamation here.

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.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

Location
Calzada e/ L y M, Vedado
Havana, Cuba

The entrance to the Consular Section is located on the south side of the U.S. Embassy building along Calzada Street.

Access to the Consular Section
The U.S. Embassy in Havana is only performing core functions. Specifically, the Consular Sections is processing a limited number of official and emergency visa applications. As a result, we must restrict access to our building to scheduled applicants (whose names appear on our daily visa appointment list), those who possess a written pass issued by the embassy or U.S. citizens who need American Citizen Services (ACS).

IMPORTANT: ACCESS WILL NOT BE GRANTED FOR PERSONAL INQUIRIES REGARDING VISA/PAROLE CASES.

Hours of Operation
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Havana is open:
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
8:00 AM – 3:30PM, Friday

The Section is closed on American and Cuban holidays.

To reach out to a customer service representative, please contact our Consular Information Unit at the e-mail address and phone number below:

The public inquiry phone line is open from 9:00 am to 11:00 am Monday through Thursday except on American and Cuban holidays.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

 Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.