Related to our post of March 16, specific to South Korea:
US Embassy Seoul: We’re told that despite being a Level 3 COVID-19 country with very active community spread for the past few weeks, has continued to do routine NIV visa services and is still doing routine NIV visa services. “Those from epicenter areas are able to walk in like anyone else. No temp checks or additional screenings! Guards are not allowed to turn visibly sick people away. Visa appointments are only down because people aren’t traveling as much. However you can still get an appointment easily for (F, M, J, B) This is also a visa waiver country.” (Note: South Korea is a CDC Level 3 country, and a State Department Level 3: Reconsider Travel country as of this writing).
It looks like the US Embassy in Seoul has now suspended its routine visa appointments effective March 19 (first outbreak of COVID19 in Seoul was reported in late January). On March 18, the State Department announced the suspension of routine visa services in Level 2-4 countries. There are some 108 countries currently on Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions Travel Advisory. There are also Level 1 countries like in Uzbekistan where posts have suspended their routine visa services; there are COVID19 cases in country and quarantine is in effect).
Below is an excerpt from US Embassy Seoul’s announcement:
“In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in all countries with a level 2, 3, or 4 U.S. Department of State travel advisory. Accordingly, the U.S. Embassy to the Republic of Korea will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 19, 2020. This does not affect the visa waiver program. Services to U.S. citizens will continue.”
Link to full statement below.
— Diplopundit STAY HOME Pls (@Diplopundit) March 18, 2020
In response to #COVID19, the U.S. Embassy in Seoul will cancel all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments as of March 19, 2020, until further notice. Services to U.S. citizens will continue. Visit https://t.co/ickLSwkqHI for more information. pic.twitter.com/GckxSSqbMN
— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) March 18, 2020
I just sent a message to U.S. citizens expressing support for ROK efforts to fight #COVID19 & to reassure them @USEmbassySeoul remains open & operational to meet their welfare and safety needs. Our Embassy & @CDCgov website have the latest updates. https://t.co/jl6rvUUVmc
— Harry Harris (@USAmbROK) March 18, 2020