US Embassy cancels visa interviews set amid COVID-19 quarantine in PH

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday said it has canceled visa interviews scheduled this month until May 4th amid the enforcement of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine against the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is canceling all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled between now and May 4th due to the Philippines’ enhanced community quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” the embassy said in its Facebook post.

“We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time,” it added.

The embassy advised all affected applicants to reschedule their visa interviews after the enhanced community quarantine has been lifted.

“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,” the embassy said.

Affected applicants are advised to contact the embassy call center at (+632) 7792-8988 and (+632) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at ustraveldocs.com/ph.

The Philippine government earlier announced that the Luzon-wide community quarantine has been extended to April 30, from the initial end date of April 12.

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