Suspension of Routine Visa and Notarial Services

On Thursday, March 19, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and all Consulates in Japan will suspend routine nonimmigrant visa appointments and will stop accepting appointments for routine notarial services. This action does not apply to diplomatic/official visa applications or to immigrant visa applications. All services to U.S. citizens will continue, except for new requests for routine notarial services.

If you have a nonimmigrant visa appointment scheduled on or after March 19, your visa appointment is cancelled. Do not attend your previously scheduled appointment. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time. If you have previously attended a visa interview, but your case was refused for additional information, please submit the requested information so that we can continue to process of your application.

Although in-person visa appointments are cancelled, visa application fees are valid for one year from the date of payment and applicants will be able to reschedule once visa services resume.

Visa applications that do not require an in-person interview will still be processed. Applicants should check if they are eligible to apply for their visas by mail at the following links:

If you have an urgent need to travel to the United States immediately, please contact our Visa Call Center. Please note that our ability to process visas requiring an in-person interview will be extremely limited. Please see this online page for detailed guidance on circumstances that may qualify.

If you have an urgent need for notarial services, please contact the American Citizen Services Section nearest you.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. For updated information, please follow @USVisaTokyo on Twitter.