Information About COVID-19 and Travel to the United States

Pre-departure Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. Lifted Effective June 12, 2022

The CDC order from December 2, 2021, requiring persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded, effective June 12, 2022, at 12:01AM ET.  This means that starting at 12:01AM ET on June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.   More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on the CDC’s website,  including information about accepted COVID-19 Vaccines and proof of vaccination.

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.

There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.  Applicants can reschedule a pending consular appointment here.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

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.)


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:  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.

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 on

• 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.