Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States
We understand the current regulations regarding travel to the United States are complex. There are multiple Presidential Proclamations currently in effect that govern entrance into the United States. Please see Frequently Asked Questions published by the Department of State about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
President Biden signed a presidential proclamation on Monday, January 25, 2021, reinstating the travel restrictions previously imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who have been physically present in the countries identified in the proclamation in the 14 days immediately preceding arrival are prohibited from entering the United States. These countries include:
- 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 Federative Republic of Brazil;
- The Republic of South Africa
In addition to the Presidential Proclamation prohibiting travel from the countries listed above, the previous proclamations prohibiting travel from Iran and China remain in effect.
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 that you apply for. See the Department of State’s Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category is appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.
For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.
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.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad, they may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit. Contact the embassy of the country where you intend to travel to determine visa requirements for U.S. citizens.)
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE VISA SECTION IN MALTA
Mailing address: Ta’ Qali National Park, Attard, ATD4000, Malta
To report the death, serious injury, or arrest of a U.S. Citizen in Malta please call 2561-4000 and press 3.
Appointments cannot be scheduled by phone or email. For Nonimmigrant Visa Services inquiries e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. To serve you better, please indicate the subject of your inquiry on the subject line (e.g., student visa, visitor visa, worker visa, spouse visa, affidavit of support, etc.). E-mail inquiries will be addressed in priority order.
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 nonimmigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted onhttp://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.