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 additional information


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.


As of October 1, 2020, the United States Embassy and Consulate General in Thailand resumed routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.  While Embassy Bangkok and Consulate General Chiang Mai aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to backlogs. The MRV 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 https://www.ustraveldocs.com/th/th-niv-expeditedappointment.asp to request an emergency appointment.


The U.S. Mission to Thailand understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment.  We have worked diligently and restored all routine visa operations as of October 1. For receipts valid on or after March 20, 2020 or purchased between March 20, 2020 and October 1, 2020 the U.S. Mission extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until December 31, 2021, 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.  Fees paid on or after October 1, 2020 are valid for one year from their date of purchase.


Starting from September 9, 2020, you may be able to renew your visa by mail, if you meet all the qualifications listed on https://www.ustraveldocs.com/th/th-niv-visarenew.asp. Please read all the information before submitting your application by mail.


U.S. Embassy Bangkok has also resumed processing most immigrant visa categories initially focusing on those applicants whose interview appointment was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Immigrant Visa unit will be in direct contact with applicants currently eligible to reschedule their interview appointment.


Please note that you must wear a face mask when visiting U.S. Embassy Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai. If you are feeling ill or have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not enter U.S. Embassy Bangkok and U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai buildings and reschedule your appointment.


The Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of foreign nationals who were physically present within 14 days in certain countries prior to their entry or attempted entry into the United States (Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, 9996, and 10041), and the Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of certain immigrants and nonimmigrants who present a risk to the U.S. labor market following the coronavirus outbreak (Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052) remain in effect. For details about these Presidential Proclamations click here.


Attention: Nonimmigrant visa applicants should submit electronically the DS-160 online form before making an appointment. Update your profile with the DS-160 barcode number by selecting “Update Profile” on this website. When scheduling your appointment, use the same barcode from your current DS-160. If you have made an appointment with an invalid or previously used barcode, you must update your profile at least three 3 business days prior to your appointment date with the new/valid barcode. Otherwise, you will not be allowed in for an interview and will need to make a new appointment using the new/valid DS-160 barcode. 

Note for applicants applying at Consulate General Chiang Mai: Please bring printouts of your DS-160 confirmation and appointment confirmation to your interview.


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Welcome to the U.S. Visa Information Service for Thailand. On this website you can find information about U.S. immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and the requirements to apply for each. You can also learn how to pay the required visa application fee, and book an interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok and the Consulate in Chiang Mai.

This is the official visa information website of the U.S. Mission in Thailand.