Urgent information for visa applicants regarding Coronavirus:
Entry into the United States is generally suspended for foreign nationals who were present in the 26 countries that comprise the Schengen Zone (including Slovenia) within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States, per Presidential Proclamation. U.S. Legal Permanent Residents, spouses of U.S. citizens, crew (C1/D visas), students (F and M visas), and diplomats (A, G, NATO visas) are permitted. New visa applications for certain specific immigrant and temporary worker visa categories are currently suspended to protect the U.S. labor market. Please see these notices which contain detailed information about visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. See also the Department’s announcement of National Interest Exceptions.
Travelers with existing valid visas or who are eligible to travel on visa-waiver (ESTA)
As noted above, crew members (C1/D visas), students (F and M visas), and diplomats (A, G, and NATO visas) with valid visas may travel directly to the U.S. from the Schengen zone without needing authorization from the Embassy. Spouses of U.S. citizens and U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) who have a visa or an ESTA should carry proof of relationship (marriage certificate) and proof of spouse’s U.S. citizenship (photocopy of passport) or LPR status.
If you currently have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) or visa in a different category, you may travel to the U.S. if you first spend 14 days outside the Schengen zone (and also outside Britain/Ireland, China, Brazil, and Iran) and then travel directly to the U.S. without transiting the Schengen zone. In addition, the Embassy may be able to grant exceptions for others to travel direct from the Schengen zone for:
- Emergency medical treatment in the U.S.
- Those working on the Coronavirus
- Academic professors/researchers (J visa)
- Investors & treaty traders (E visa)
- Certain business travelers
- Certain professional athletes
If you already possess a visa, or your travel is eligible under visa-waiver, and are seeking an exception to allow travel direct from the Schengen zone within the next 30 days, contact the U.S. Embassy at LjubljanaVisa@state.gov, providing:
- Full name
- Date of Birth
- Country of Birth
- Passport number
- a copy of existing visa (if applicable)
- purpose of travel
- travel dates
If your request is approved, it is valid for one entry within a specified 30 day window; any future travel to the United States will require another approval.
A negative Covid-19 test result is not required to enter the United States. Admission remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry and travelers must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines upon arrival, whether or not they took a Covid-19 test.
Travelers needing to apply for a new visa
At this time, the U.S Embassy in Ljubljana is providing only very limited visa appointments for residents of Slovenia only. The Embassy is accepting appointments for students/researchers (F/M/J visas), crew members (C1/D) and a limited number of others who qualify for an exception to the travel bans listed above. Those who have valid visas and are seeking to renew their visa should contact the Embassy at a later date closer to the visa expiration date. Those with urgent travel in the above visa categories may email LjubljanaVisa@state.gov noting the purpose of travel (and noting if you have been in any countries outside Slovenia in the past 14 days). For immigrant visa applicants: The designated panel physicians in Slovenia are not able to provide immigrant visa exams, as the Slovenian government has mandated that doctors must postpone non-emergency medical services; therefore the Embassy is not currently scheduling Immigrant Visa appointments.
For your appointment: Facemasks are required. If you experience any Covid symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough), have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid, have been to a hospital or nursing home within the past 14 days, or if you traveled outside Slovenia within the past 14 days, you should again email us prior to your appointment (at least one day in advance).
Although travelers will be issued full validity visas, the exception is valid only for only a 30 day window and is valid for a single entry to the United States. An individual who departs the United States and wishes to return must be re-assessed for a national interest exception. A negative Covid-19 test result is not required to enter the United States. Admission remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry and travelers must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines upon arrival, whether or not they took a Covid-19 test.
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 usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
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.).
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.