Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Qatar in Light of COVID-19

The health and safety of those who work at and visit our embassy and consulate facilities is our highest priority. In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Qatari government’s call to increase social distancing, the U.S. Embassy in Doha will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services starting March 16, 2020, and until further notice. The U.S. Embassy and consulates will continue to provide essential consular services to U.S. citizens as well as emergency visa services. See below for more details.

American Citizens Services: We continue to offer routine services for U.S. citizens in Qatar. Check here for appointment availability at the U.S. Embassy in Doha. Click here to learn about the latest COVID-19 developments in Qatar along with precautions to take to protect your health and safety. We encourage all U.S. citizens traveling or living overseas to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which is available at this link:

Visa Services: Routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services will be suspended starting March 16, 2020, and until further notice. Applicants with appointments will receive cancellation notices by e-mail. We will continue to accept nonimmigrant visa applications on a very limited basis for emergency travel only. For information on requesting an emergency appointment, please see the following link: For case-specific inquiries for nonimmigrant visas, please contact us at For immigrant visa inquiries, please contact us at

We regret any inconvenience caused by the suspension of routine visa and other services and appreciate your support for our efforts to safeguard U.S. facilities and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Qatar. Please monitor our website for future updates: