Update on Visa Operations

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In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020, and that suspension continues at this time. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but is unable to provide a specific date at this time. 

Regarding student visa applications, we are working to ensure that aspiring and returning students will receive priority attention once routine visa operations can resume. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and Seychelles will publicize any announcement on the resumption of student visa interviews once information is available.

Please see these notices which contain detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information1.html

The temporary suspension of routine visa services does not affect the Visa Waiver Program, however, Presidential Proclamations remain in effect preventing entry to the United States for the majority of travelers with physical presence within 14-days, including transit, in Ireland, the UK, the Schengen Zone, China, Iran, and Brazil . See this website for more information: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ 

Emergency and limited routine services for U.S. citizens continue to be available through the U.S. Embassy in Mauritius and the Consular Agency in Seychelles.