Important Information on Current Travel to the U.S.

Updated November 8, 2021.

New U.S. Travel Policy Begins November 8

On October 25 President Biden issued A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic which took effect at 12:01 am EST on November 8.  The proclamation requires foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.  The new policy will end the travel restrictions under Presidential Proclamation 10143 and the need for National Interest Exceptions (NIE).  All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test before travel.

More information about the vaccination and testing requirements is available on the CDC page Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States.  Answers to frequently asked questions about the new requirements for international travel to the United States are available at Travel.State.Gov.  

2021 Visa Appointment Availability

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in profound reductions in the Department of State’s visa processing capacity. Additionally, a range of Presidential Proclamations restricting travel in response to the pandemic have resulted in further constraints on visa issuances worldwide. Throughout the pandemic, U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe have prioritized services to U.S. citizens overseas. As a result, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen has a significant backlog for in-person visa appointment requests for all visa categories. Refer to the “Visa Appointment Availability” section below for visa categories currently open for appointments.

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is currently offering as many visa appointments as resources allow and is committed to working through the significant visa appointment backlog in place as a result of COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen has limited appointment availability left in calendar year 2021. Depending on your visa category, the next available visa appointment may be in November 2021 or later.

The Embassy will take appointments in the order in which they are received to work through the backlog in an equitable manner.

If you have a life-or-death emergency reason for travel to the United States and require a visa, please request an expedited appointment via our U.S. Visa Information Service website. All other expedite requests will be denied, including for F, M, or J students with a start date that takes place prior to your scheduled visa appointment. If you are an F, M, or J applicant, you may need to work with your institution or organization to request a later start date or postpone your program.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR VISA APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT RESIDE IN THE KINGDOM OF DENMARK

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is not currently accepting visa applications from individuals who do not normally reside in the Kingdom of Denmark. Please contact the Embassy or Consulate in the country in which you reside to schedule a visa appointment.

Visa services were suspended worldwide in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. On August 14, 2020 the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen resumed limited visa services in a phased, safe, and orderly manner.

The U.S. Embassy Consular team is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States and we are putting as many resources as possible towards meeting the nonimmigrant visa demand from applicants resident in the Kingdom of Denmark. In order to work through the current visa appointment backlog in an equitable manner, the Embassy will take appointments in the order in which they are received. All prospective travelers, and in particular visa holders currently in the United States who may be planning a trip home to Denmark, should prioritize their efforts to schedule a visa appointment as far in advance as possible.  Expedited processing will be considered for humanitarian, life-or-death related travel reasons ONLY. Refer to the section below for more on expedited visa appointment requests.

The U.S. Embassy recognizes the hardship and distress resulting from the visa backlog, and we regret the negative impact to travelers in the Kingdom of Denmark. We value the importance of legitimate travelers to the United States and remain committed to working through the backlog in a safe, orderly, and equitable manner. Thank you for your patience as we work through the visa backlog in safe, equitable, and orderly manner.

Summer 2021 Visa Appointment Availability: The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in profound reductions in the Department of State’s visa processing capacity. Additionally, a range of Presidential Proclamations restricting travel in response to the pandemic have resulted in further constraints on visa issuances worldwide. Throughout the pandemic, U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe have prioritized services to U.S. citizens overseas. As a result, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen has a significant backlog for in-person visa appointment requests for all visa categories.

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is currently offering as many visa appointments as resources allow and is committed to working through the significant visa appointment backlog in place as a result of COVID-19. The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen has limited appointment availability left in calendar year 2021. Depending on your visa category, the next available visa appointment may be in November 2021 or later.

If you have a life-or-death emergency reason for travel to the United States and require a visa to undertake that travel, please request an expedited appointment via our U.S. Visa Information Service website. All other expedite requests will be denied, including for F, M, or J students with a start date that takes place prior to your scheduled visa appointment. If you are an F, M, or J applicant, you may need to work with your institution or organization to request a later start date or postpone your program.

The Embassy will take appointments in the order in which they are received to work through the backlog in an equitable manner.

Visa appointment availability at U.S. Embassy Copenhagen currently is as follows:

Visa Application Fee: We understand that many visa applicants have paid the visa application processing fee and are still waiting to schedule a visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen. We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, we will extend the validity of visa application fee payments (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2022, to allow all applicants who have been unable to schedule a visa appointment as a result of the suspension of routine consular operations and subsequent backlog to schedule and/or attend a visa appointment with the current paid fee.

The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services for humanitarian, life-and-death related travel. If you believe you qualify for an expedited appointment, please visit our U.S. Visa Information Service website and follow the instructions to apply for an expedited appointment.

If you are applying for a visa in the same visa class and your prior visa expired less than 48 months ago, you may be eligible for our Interview Waiver Process (IWP). Please consult the “Qualifications” section of the “Renew My Visa” page our visa website to determine if you qualify for the IWP. Travelers who qualify may complete the visa renewal application process by mail, thus avoiding delays experienced due to the current visa appointment backlog.

Visa Applicants Resident Outside the Kingdom of Denmark: Due to significant visa appointment backlog, the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is not accepting nonimmigrant visa applications from applicants who are not ordinarily resident in the Kingdom of Denmark. We will accept nonimmigrant visa renewal applications from Danish citizens who reside in the United States.

Travelers who are in the United States should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office (USCIS) for questions about adjusting status or extending the authorized period of stay in the United States while physically present there.  USCIS has full jurisdiction over immigration matters for foreign citizens physically in the United States.

Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.  The CDC testing requirement also includes testing and self-quarantine guidelines you must follow after your arrival in the United States.

All individuals are reminded that their admission to the United States remains subject to a determination by Customs and Border Protection officers upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry.