Appointments for US visas resumed in Guayaquil | Reports | News

The US Consulate General will be attending a limited number of visa interviews starting January 3, 2022

The Consulate General of the United States in Guayaquil has resumed interviews at this diplomatic headquarters to issue visas, “although the quantities are well below pre-pandemic levels.”

The diplomatic office responded to an inquiry for this newspaper via E-mail The US Embassy in Quito and the US Consulate General in Guayaquil are now conducting routine visa interviews.

In Guayaquil, interviews resumed last Monday, the first working day of 2022.

For the Embassy and Consulate General of the United States in Ecuador, it is too early to say how the omicron variant of COVID-19 affects visa processing, it is an issue under evaluation.

What happens to people for whom the system has set a date for 2023 in the midst of a pandemic, should they wait or can they request a date adjustment? We asked and the answer was: Applicants can advance their appointment if an earlier date is available. They should monitor the website of the US Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador for more details.

With respect to travel by citizens of the United States to Ecuadorean territory, on December 31, 2021, the travel advisor for that country was certified in Travel Notice Ecuador remains in Tier 3 (travel reconsideration) due to the high number of COVID-19 infections.

On December 31, it was alerted that since December 14, when the first case of the omicron variant was discovered in Ecuador, the number of infections is increasing, so it is recommended that American citizens reconsider a trip to this nation, and in particular the investigation of cruises.

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In 2020, the United States’ recommendation to its citizens was not to travel to Ecuador. That year, the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 was recorded in the Andean country.

Travel advice for the United States has moved the country from Level 4 to Level 3.

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