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Consular Services and Appointments
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June 1, 2022

Current services at the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam include American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments, immigrant visa (IV) appointments, limited nonimmigrant (NIV) appointments, and DNA testing services. Additional information regarding each service category follows.

  • Nonimmigrant visas are being processed with a prioritization for requests from Tanzanian citizens or residents. Nonimmigrant visa appointments can be requested at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/niv. Individuals may be eligible for interview waiver appointments under certain conditions for the renewal of a B-1/B-2, C-1/C-2, or D visa that expired within the previous 48 months. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there are likely to be increased wait times for scheduling appointments due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment for payments made on or after October 31, 2021. 
  • Immigrant visas, including diversity visa (DV) and returning resident (SB-1) applications, are being processed. SB-1 applicants should contact us at drsiv@state.gov to request an appointment. All other immigrant visa applicants should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview by NVC or KCC.  
  • Individuals may inquire regarding DNA testing services by contacting us at drsdna@state.gov.

In the case of true emergency situation, please see here.

If you have any questions about consular services, please contact the American Citizen Services unit at drsacs@state.gov.

Visiting the U.S. Embassy
PLEASE NOTE THAT TO LIMIT THE RISK OF SPREADING COVID-19, VISITORS TO THE U.S. EMBASSY MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE EMBASSY COMPOUND AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHENEVER POSSIBLE. 

Visitors may not bring large bags, computers, or large electronics into the Embassy, and the Embassy cannot store these items.  VISITORS ALSO CANNOT BRING PHONES INTO THE EMBASSY. There is limited phone storage available only for visitors with an American Citizen Services appointment (U.S. passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or notarial service).  The Embassy is not responsible for any lost or damaged items held in storage.  Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items’ secure storage.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam does not provide parking facilities to members of the public seeking consular services. The Embassy strongly recommends that those seeking consular services plan to utilize public parking, arrive by taxi, or use the passenger drop-off point located in front of the consular entrance to the Embassy compound.

Traveling to the United States

Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States 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.

Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on this page of the CDC website.