Coronavirus: US suspend visa services in many countries

MARCH 11, 2020

The United States Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica has suspended visa and other consular service after one of its employees tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The employee recently returned to Kingston after travelling to the United Kingdom.

In the meantime, the embassy says it is in the process of sanitizing the premises to prevent further outbreak.

It said too that it is working with the local health authorities and is implementing all appropriate measures to help control the spread of COVID-19.

At the same time, the Embassy is urging U.S. citizens travelling to Jamaica to review and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.

The embassy says U.S. citizens who require emergency assistance should call 876-702-6000. 

MARCH 12, 2020

In Israel

The US Embassy in Jerusalem announced that an individual who visited the embassy’s Tel Aviv branch last week has tested positive for coronavirus.

The embassy and the Health Ministry have recommended that anyone who was in the waiting room at the same time as the individual should go into self-isolation.

The person was in the Embassy Branch Office Non-Immigrant Visa Section waiting room in Tel Aviv from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, the embassy wrote in a statement.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that all individuals entering Israel from abroad – citizens and non-citizens alike – will be required to spend 14 days in home isolation from their date of arrival, and that in the past few days, more than 11,000 foreign nationals have left the country.

In Albania

US embassy in Tirana announced on Thursday that all scheduled non-immigrant visa interviews are cancelled until April 3, 2020 and that it will process only emergency NIV. This action of US embassy has come in support of Albania Government’s effort to prevent further spread of Covid- 19 by limiting public gathering and increasing distance between persons.

Aslo this embassy has decided to postpone or cancel public events and gatherings until April 3.

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