Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus:

As of February 25, 2021, the United States Embassy in Cameroon is providing immigrant visa services for all categories of immigrant visas as well as certain nonimmigrant visas, including F1, M1, and J1 visa classes not subject to Presidential Proclamation 10052, and E, I, O, P, and K1 fiancé visas. Interviews for all other nonimmigrant visa categories, including B1/B2, remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Cameroon will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa service for urgent humanitarian, medical, and business travel.

While the Embassy aims to schedule visa interviews as quickly as practicable, capacity is limited, and applicants should expect significant wait times for immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interview appointments.

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, the Department of State will extend the validity of your MRV payment until September 30, 2023. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at, email, or call +237 657 103 111  (from Cameroon) or +1 (703) 543 9351 (from the United States) to request an emergency appointment​.

Beginning November 8, adult foreign nationals (ages 18 and up) traveling to the United States by air, with limited exceptions, must demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and a negative COVID-19 test taken in the past three days. Accepted vaccines include FDA approved or authorized vaccines and World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listed (EUL) vaccines. For more info, see All travelers on tourist and business (B) visas MUST demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, regardless of nationality.

There are limited exceptions for Cameroonian travelers who are Lawful Permanent Residents, or who are traveling on student (F), diplomatic or official (A or G), or employment-based nonimmigrant visas. All unvaccinated travelers meeting these limited exceptions must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within one calendar day of their travel to the United States and should be advised of additional precautions that may require vaccination after entry into the United States, testing, mask-wearing, self-quarantine, and/or self-isolation. These measures are subject to change. We encourage all travelers to check the latest information and requirements prior to travel here: Children under the age of 18 are not required to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Children who are vaccinated or traveling with a fully vaccinated adult must show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within three days before departure. Children who are unvaccinated and either travelling alone or with unvaccinated adults must show proof of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of departure. Children under two years of age are excepted from the testing requirement, however the U.S. government recommends a pre-departure test for these children whenever possible.

Entry into the United States of noncitizens who are not U.S. LPRs and who were present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. Applicants with impending travel due to extreme humanitarian emergencies may contact All Centers for Disease Control (CDC) orders pertaining to vaccination and testing requirements still apply. There are very limited exceptions for diplomats (A and G visa holders) and air and sea crew (C1/D visa holders).

Diversity Visa Applicants: DV 2020 applicants who hold a valid immigrant visa have been granted a national interest exception (NIE) to the geographic COVID-19 Presidential Proclamations and may seek entry to the United States, despite the visa annotation “Entry Subject to PP 10014.”

Individuals whose DV 2020 visas have expired may not be issued replacement visas. In addition, DV 2020 applicants who were refused will not be interviewed, scheduled, or reconsidered for visas, as those applicants were only eligible for issuance of a visa through the end of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended on September 30, 2020.  

The embassy will notify DV 2021 applicants once their interview has been scheduled according to local conditions.

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.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

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, 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:

Visa Appointment Call Center:

+237 657 103 111

Hours: Monday-Friday, 09:00 to 17:00

Consular Section Email:

If calling from within the U.S. please dial: +1 703 543 9351.

GSS Website:

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
  • 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.