COVID-19 Requirements for Travel to the United States
All adult noncitizen nonimmigrants traveling to the United States must be vaccinated against COVID-19. This does not affect visa issuance but does suspend the entry of unvaccinated noncitizen nonimmigrants, including students. Those traveling on immigrant visas are subject to separate medical examination and vaccination requirements, as documented by our panel physicians.
All travelers must have proof of a COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of departure.
Requirements for travel to the United States change frequently. Visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Routine Tourist and Business (B1/B2) Visa Appointments
We are gradually opening more routine B1/B2 interview slots. Expect lengthy wait times as we continue to address a large waiting list of tourist visa applicants.
If you have held a U.S. visa, you may meet the requirements for an interview waiver. Read more about the criteria for drop box applications.
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.
What is a Visa?
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.).
To contact a customer service representative, please visit the website for full information or use contact information below:
- Within Bangladesh: 09610202040
Within the United States: 703-988-3466
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- Within Bangladesh: 09610202040
No inquiries will be accepted by fax or letter mail.
Customer Service Statement
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 http://travel.state.gov.
- 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.
Scammers Sending Fraudulent Messages!
U.S. Embassy staff has identified an increase in fraudulent phone calls, emails, and letters requesting individuals to pay “visa fees” through unauthorized mechanisms in an attempt to extort money from their targets. Our main line phone number can be spoofed so that calls and messages appear to be official correspondence. Government email addresses end in “.gov,” and any visa-related correspondence coming from an address that does not end with “.gov” should be considered suspect. The scammers behind these calls and messages are posing as U.S. government officials in an attempt to extract payment.
U.S. Embassy, Dhaka will never email or call you to request a visa payment. Visa interviews always take place in person, not over the phone, at the U.S. Embassy, and the Consular Section never processes visa fees via bKash, Nagad, Rocket, or similar platforms. Nonimmigrant visa applicants may only pay their fees at a branch of Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) after completing their DS-160 online.
More information about visa fees is available at our websites https://bd.usembassy.gov/visas/ and https://bd.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/fees/