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US embassy slams door on visa appointments

Mar 19. 2020
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By The Nation

The United States embassy and consulate in Thailand are cancelling routine non-immigrant visa appointments starting on Thursday (March 19).

Embassy officials said in a statement that routine visa services will resume “as soon as possible”.

“If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://www.ustraveldocs.com/.../th-niv... to request an appointment.”

It also said people are barred from the US if they have been in the following countries anytime in the previous 14 days:

Britain, Ireland, 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, Switzerland, Iran and China (but not Hong Kong or Macau).

Excepted are lawful permanent residents of the US and “certain family members” of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

“If you reside in, have travelled recently to, or intend to transit or travel through any of the above-listed countries prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from the subject country or countries.

“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.”

For questions about rescheduling a consular appointment, go to https://www.ustraveldocs.com/th/th-main-contactus.asp.

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