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Non-immigrant visa applicant check for available interview appointments through our online reservation system. If you have a true life or death medical emergency and cannot find an appointment online, email ConsularHarare@state.gov request an expedite

Non-immigrant visa applicants can check for available interview appointments through our online reservation system. If you have a true life or death medical emergency and cannot find an appointment online, you can email  ConsularHarare@state.gov to request an expedite. Examples of cases that are not emergencies and therefore will not be expedited include attendance at a graduation, wedding, or other commemoration; or travel to help someone through a difficult time. We encourage visa applicants to schedule visa interviews well in advance of when they anticipate they may need to travel to the United States.

Students, exchange visitors (J visa applicants), and petition-based non-immigrant visa applicants can also request an expedited interview appointment if they cannot find an open appointment online before their start date. To request, please email your name, a brief summary of the reason for your request, and a picture or PDF of your I20, DS2019, or non-immigrant petition to prove that your start date is before the next available appointment. Emails that don’t include these will not receive a response. Send emails to ConsularHarare@state.gov.

COVID-19 Requirements for Travel to the U.S.

To reduce introduction and spread of new variants of SARS-CoV-2, CDC issued an Order effective January 26, 2021, requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 infection before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information on this testing requirement, see the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Additionally, foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.

  • The CDC has determined that for the purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include those FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). See cdc.gov for more details. Of vaccines available in Zimbabwe, only the Russia-produced “Sputnik V” does not meet this requirement.
  • Fully vaccinated air travelers will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States before boarding. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.
  • All travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States.

Please visit Travel.State.Gov for more details, including information about children travelers, and answers to frequently asked questions about the new proof of vaccination policy.

We are only accepting applications from people in Zimbabwe at this time. Only people in Zimbabwe can apply for a U.S. visa in Zimbabwe, and others should reach out to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate closest to their place of habitual residence.

Please check for open appointments at the NIV Appointment System Page of the U.S. Embassy in Harare.

Payment of visa fees can be made only in USD cash and is only done at the U.S. Embassy.

Visas that are approved are typically ready in three to five business days.

Applicants are responsible for knowing what supporting documents they need, as well as how much money they’ll need to pay, what type of photo is needed, and all other required supporting documents for their visa class. Requirements for all visa classes can be reviewed at the U.S. Visas page of Travel.state.gov.

The issuance of a visa is never guaranteed, and we urge applicants to not make travel reservations until they have received a visa.

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 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.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

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.

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