Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States to present a negative COVID-19 test (a viral detection test for SARS-CoV- 2 approved or authorized by the relevant national authority), taken within 72 hours of departure. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers if they do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. This requirement is separate from the visa application process. All Presidential Proclamations restricting travel due to COVID-19 remain in place, and continue to apply to subject potential travelers regardless of their test results or vaccination status. Travelers holding a National Interest Exception also remain subject to all applicable pre-departure testing requirements. For more information on waivers to the testing requirement please click here

On January 20, 2021, President Biden signed a Presidential Proclamation titled “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” This proclamation ends the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamations 9645 and 9983 that had suspended entry into the United States of certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela, and Yemen. Click here for more information.

El secretario Blinken, en consulta con el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional, ha ampliado temporalmente la capacidad de los funcionarios consulares para dejar pasar el requisito de entrevista en presenciales para las personas que solicitan una visa de no inmigrante en la misma clasificación. Anteriormente, solo aquellos solicitantes cuya visa de no inmigrante vencía dentro de los 24 meses eran elegibles para una exención de entrevista. El Secretario ha extendido temporalmente el período de vencimiento a 48 meses. Esta política estara en vigencia hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2021. Este cambio permitirá a los oficiales consulares continuar procesando ciertas solicitudes de visa de no inmigrante mientras limita el número de solicitantes que deben presentarse en la sección consular, reduciendo así el riesgo de transmisión de COVID-19 a otros solicitantes y personal consular. Se recomienda a los viajeros que consulten el sitio web de la embajada o consulado de los EE. UU. Más cercano para obtener información detallada sobre los servicios que están disponibles actualmente, así como información de elegibilidad e instrucciones para solicitar una visa sin una entrevista. Para ampliar esta información diríjase al link

As of September 17, the United States Embassy in Panama resumed certain non-immigrant visa services, including the following categories: A,G, C3 (diplomatic), C1/D (crew member), E2 (investor), I (media), P (athletes), O (extraordinary abilities), F and M (students), J (students), H and L (work visas), and B1/B2 via authorized courier through the Interview Waiver only. As of September 1, some applicants applying for a tourist visa (B1 / B2) may be able to request the renewal of their visa. You can request the renewal by authorized courier under the Interview Waiver, for adults 18 - 79 years of age click here. For children under 14 years of age and adults over 80 years old, click here. All visa services are subject to relevant Presidential Proclamations and U.S. court orders as noted at this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html.  While the US Embassy Panama aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee (visa processing fee) is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at the following  link, or email Panama-Visas@state.gov to request an emergency appointment.

The U.S. Embassy in Panama aims to process immigrant visa cases as soon as possible, but there is an increased wait time for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. If you have been granted an appointment, please register your information for document delivery as explained in your interview letter. If you have doubts, please visit https://ustraveldocs.com/pa/pa-iv-documentdelivery.asp

The U.S. Mission to Panama understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission will extend the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023, to allow all applicants who were unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations an opportunity to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the already paid fee. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.

President Biden rescinded Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10014, entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” on February 24, 2021. Immigrant visa applicants who had been affected by this proclamation should review the instructions here.

Presidential Proclamation 10052, which temporarily suspended the entry of certain H-1B, H-2B, J (for certain categories within the Exchange Visitor Program), and L nonimmigrants, expired on March 31, 2021. Visa applicants who have not yet been interviewed or scheduled for an interview will have their applications prioritized and processed in accordance with existing phased resumption of visa services guidance. Visa applicants who were previously refused visas due to the restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 10052 may reapply by submitting a new application including a new fee.

Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus:

Entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within the following list of countries within 14 days prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 10143, and the Proclamation signed on April 30, 2021:

- India (applicable to nonimmigrants only);

- South Africa;

- Brazil;

- The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe;

- The Republic of Ireland;

- The 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Area (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland)

- The Islamic Republic of Iran;

- The People’s Republic of China, not including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

There are certain exceptions to the suspension of entry, including exceptions for U.S. lawful permanent residents and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, among other exceptions listed in the proclamations. If you reside in, have traveled recently to, or intend to transit or travel to the above listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country(ries). Additionally, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or believe you may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, you are strongly encouraged to postpone your appointment by at least 14 days. For questions about rescheduling a pending consular appointment, please contact us via support-panama@ustraveldocs.com, web site or Click here for additional information.


If you are not a resident of Panama and will be traveling to Panama for your visa interview, we strongly encourage you to travel with your appointment letter in your hand luggage in case the Panamanian authorities request evidence of why you are entering the country.