For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 travel restrictions, Presidential Proclamations, or visa related questions, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news.html
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.
Our Current Operating Posture
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely affect the ability of embassies and consulates around the world to be able to resume routine visa services. For more details on visa operating status worldwide, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/visa-services-operating-status-update.html
For more information on our current operational status, please visit: https://tr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulates/consular-operations-updates/
Fee Payment Extension
The U.S. Mission to Turkey understands that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment. At this time, we are only providing limited services due to health and safety concerns. In the meantime, rest assured that the U.S. Mission has extend the validity of your payment/fee until September 30, 2023. Please continue to monitor this site for information on when we will return to routine visa operations.
CDC Requirements for Entry into the United States
- Starting on December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any individual coming to the United States must show a negative pre-departure COVID-19 viral test taken the day before they board their flight to the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
- If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
These requirements are for all air passengers two years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States.
For more detailed information please visit the CDC website:
CDC C-19 Testing for International Air Travelers
Please note, all individuals are reminded that their admission into the United States remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry, and that they may be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Passengers are able to enter the United States at any port of entry. The Embassy is aware that valid visa holders have been denied boarding by airlines or denied entry into the United States by CBP. The Embassy cannot assist you in getting approval for boarding or entry into the United States. Questions regarding denial of boarding are handled via the DHS redress system – to access this system please go to https://www.dhs.gov/dhs-trip
U.S. Embassy Ankara and U.S. Consulate General Istanbul are currently not scheduling DNA test collection appointments for either U.S. visa or U.S. passport or citizenship services. This includes DNA testing cases referred from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We do not have an estimated timeframe for when DNA test collection appointment scheduling will resume so, please check this page regularly for updates.
- See our Directory of Visa Categories to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
- Appointment updates: https://ais.usvisa-info.com/, then select Turkey
- U.S. Mission in Turkey’s COVID-19 page: https://tr.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-2/
- Travel restrictions: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
- Please see the list of testing centers listed by each province in Turkey: https://hsgm.saglik.gov.tr/tr/haberler/yetkilendirilmis-covi-d-19-tani-laboratuvarlari.html
- CDC travel and entry updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/travel-assessment/index.html
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 GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:
- Telephone (From Turkey): +90 (850) 390-2884
- Telephone (From the U.S): +1 (703) 520-2490
Immigrant Visa Inquiries: (Returning Residents, Fiancée Visas, Family Based Visas, Employment Based Visas, Diversity Visas (Green Card Lottery), Following-to-Join Refugee and Asylum Cases (V92-93), Special Immigrant Visas): Please note Ankara processes all immigrant visas. Please send all your immigrant visa inquiries to Ankara.
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form
Nonimmigrant Visa Inquiries: Ankara and Istanbul process nonimmigrant visas, so please direct your inquiries to the location where you applied or intend to apply.
E-mail (Istanbul): Question Form
E-mail (Ankara): Question Form
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.