Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.
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 or nationality.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.
Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.
Urgent information for visa applicants regarding our current operations:
All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. Accepted vaccines include FDA approved or authorized vaccines and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. For more info, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#covid-vaccines.
All travelers on tourist and business (B) visas MUST demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, regardless of nationality.
While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is extremely limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interview appointments. For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the U.S. Embassy will extend the validity of your MRV visa fee payment until September 30, 2023.
All appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews (other than for diplomats and officials (A and G)) must be made through our appointment scheduling service. Expect significant wait times for interview appointments. Individuals renewing a recently expired full-validity visa in the same category may be able to renew their visa without an interview. Please use the appointment scheduling service to request a renewal appointment.
The Embassy provides emergency and mission-critical visa services for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel. If you have an urgent humanitarian, medical, or business matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the Urgent Information For Visa Applicants Regarding Novel Coronavirus , email email@example.com, or call +221 776 684 885 or +221 776 684 895 (from Senegal) or +1 (703) 831 3412 (from the United States) to request an emergency appointment.
For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms. If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.
Immigrant visas to the United States are processed at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar for citizens and residents of: