On June 17, 2023, the application fee for U.S. visitor visas and other non-petition based NIVs such as student and exchange visitor visas will increase from US $160 to US $185. Petition-based (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) visa fees will increase from US $190 to US $205. E visa application fees will increase from US $205 to US $315. We recognize the critical role international travel plays in the U.S. economy. Visa fees are calculated based on the results of an annual study of the cost of service.  For more information, please click here.

Visa Appointment Operations

Every applicant is required to book an appointment online.

Mondays and Wednesdays:  ONLY for residents of Mauritius/Seychelles/Reunion (First timers and renewals).  A residence permit is required from third country nationals.
Thursday:  Third country nationals not residents of Mauritius/Seychelles/Reunion.

 **Important Visa Interview Appointment Information:
The U.S. Embassy in Port Louis is accepting and processing non-immigrant visa applications for interviews and renewals for citizens and residents of Mauritius, Seychelles, and Reunion (FR) on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For third country nationals who are physically present in Mauritius, who are not citizens or residents of Mauritius, Seychelles, or Reunion (FR), the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis is accepting and processing non-immigrant visa applications on Thursdays ONLY.  Minors below the age of 14 must have visa interviews booked online under their name and must be physically present on their interview day.  Non-resident applicants who schedule appointments on Mondays or Wednesdays will have their appointments cancelled without notice.  Please note that the Premium Visa issued is NOT a work/residency permit.  We cannot accept the Premium visa as proof of residency in Mauritius.

Applicants should expect a longer wait time for scheduling an appointment and should plan accordingly.

** Important Visa Renewal Information, Due to High Demand:

You may be able to renew your U.S. visa without an interview, please schedule an appointment online to submit your application package in-person at the Embassy. You must pay the visa fee directly at the U.S. Embassy in cash (U.S. dollars or Mauritian rupees).


Mail-in/Drop off: Drop off your complete application package on Tuesdays between 09:00 and 15:00 at the U.S. Embassy reception desk on the 4th Floor.  The envelope should be clearly marked with the “applicant’s full name” and “for visa renewal.”  Please visit the Embassy website at: to see if you are eligible for a waiver.  Please read all the instructions before submitting your application.

The Administration ended the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for international air travelers on May 11, 2023.  Noncitizen nonimmigrant air passengers will no longer need to show proof of being fully vaccinated with an accepted COVID-19 vaccine to board a flight to the United States.  For more information see the update on change to U.S. Travel Policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination for nonimmigrant travel.

 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 to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

The Visa Unit processes all categories of non-immigrant visas for foreign nationals wishing to travel to the United States. We do not process immigrant visas that are handled by U.S. Consulate General Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travelers in transit through the United States require valid C-1 visas,  unless they are eligible to transit visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

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.).

Please click here to schedule your nonimmigrant visa appointment online.  Appointments are scheduled via internet only.  We do not accept appointments by direct calls to the Embassy or the Consular Section.

Other Visa Questions:  Please visit our Visa Navigator

Consular Section

U.S. Embassy Port Louis

4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Avenue
Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius
Fax: (230) 208-9534;

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
  • 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.