MANILA — The United States Embassy in the Philippines announced Sunday that all appointments for visa interviews will now be cancelled until May 31, and not May 4 as initially announced, following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in select areas in the country.
"The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is canceling all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through May 31... We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time," the embassy said in a statement.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday approved the recommendation of the Philippines' coronavirus task force to extend the lockdown until May 15 in areas considered at high risk of the spread of COVID-19.
The embassy said there will be no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.
"After the enhanced community quarantine is lifted in Metro Manila, all affected applicants should reschedule their visa interviews through the Embassy call center by phone at +63 (2) 7792-8988 and +63 (2) 8548-8223, or through the online appointment system at ustraveldocs.com/ph," the US Embassy said.