Nonimmigrant Visas: Tourism & Visit

U.S. Embassy Libreville is currently experiencing an unusually high volume of requests for nonimmigrant visas for tourist travel to the United States.

Consular Affairs continues to identify innovations to reduce wait times for visa interviews.  For example, the Department of State temporarily authorized consular officers to waive the in-person interview for certain work, student and exchange visitor applicants.

Nevertheless, nonimmigrant visa appointment availability will continue to be subject to local conditions and resources.  We recommend you review the nonimmigrant visa wait time tool on travel.state.gov.  The visa appointment wait time feature of this website will be updated regularly as posts open more appointments for nonimmigrant visa interviews.

Finally, we recommend that you do not buy tickets or make any financial commitments for travel before you have a visa.

Nonimmigrant visas are generally for individuals seeking to travel to the United States for a temporary period.  Nonimmigrant visas are used for tourism and travel, temporary employment, business meetings, study and exchange, among other travel purposes.

In order to acquire an interview for a tourist visa, applicants must complete the DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Application) and schedule their appointment online.  Applicants who may be eligible for an expedite appointment must have already completed their nonimmigrant visa application and scheduled an appointment online.

U.S. Embassy Libreville does not accept diplomatic notes, mission orders, nor a letter of invitation to acquire tourist visa appointments.  All requests outside of the appointment system must be submitted to USVisaLibreville@state.gov.

Expedite Appointments

The Department of State is committed to facilitating legitimate travel to the United States by both immigrant and nonimmigrant travelers.  We are aware that as routine visa processing is re-introduced, applicants may face extended visa interview wait times.  We are committed to lowering those wait times as quickly and safely as possible, recognizing that visas for work and tourism play a critical role in the U.S. economy.

Should applicants be unable to acquire a timely appointment, applicants may request an expedited visa appointment for emergency travel purposes, but it is necessary to make the request online after having scheduled an appointment. Circumstances that may be considered for expedited appointments include:

  • An immediate relative’s death, grave illness or life-threatening accident taking place in the United States.
  • Urgent medical treatment for the applicant or their minor child.
  • An applicant for a student or exchange visitor (F/M/J) visa whose I-20 or DS-2019 has a start date within the next 30 days and is earlier than the first available visa appointment.
  • An unexpected visit that is of significant cultural, political, journalistic, sporting or economic importance that is occurring within 10 days after the first available visa appointment.

If you think your reason for travel falls into one of these categories, please contact us at USVisaLibreville@state.gov  with “EXPEDITE REQUEST” as the subject of your email.

Expedited appointments will only be granted at the Consular Section’s discretion. Applicants may only request an expedite once.