November 8 Townhall with Ambassador Tracy

Dear U.S. Citizen Community,

For those of you who couldn’t join the Ambassador’s town hall yesterday, we are including the key points from the meeting and a link to watch the recording.

Key points:

  • In the embassy, we continue to offer services on a limited basis. The American Citizen Services section continues to assist Americans to renew passports, document their American citizen children born in Armenia, provide notary services, and assist with special citizen services.
  • Our visas section continues to increase services but has not resumed regular visa services. For non-immigrant visas we are prioritizing students, people with humanitarian emergencies, and urgent business travel.  These people may request expedited appointments through our scheduling system if an appointment is not available before their expected travel dates.
  • On November 8, marked the beginning of the new travel requirements for non-U.S. citizen, non-U.S. immigrants travelling to the United States. These requirements are part of President Biden’s new international air travel policy that is stringent, consistent across the globe, and guided by public health.  Under this travel policy foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions.
  • The CDC has identified Armenia as a country with limited vaccines. This means that Armenians with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] are excepted from the vaccine requirement and may travel.  Nonvaccinated non-immigrant travelers will be required to attest that they are excepted from the requirement to present Proof of Being Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19.  Based on the category of the exception, the nonvaccinated traveler may further be required to attest that:
    • The traveler will be tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3–5 days after arrival in the United States, unless they have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days;
    • The traveler will self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test result to the post-arrival viral test is negative, unless they have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; and
    • The traveler will self-isolate if the result of the post-arrival test is positive or if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.

***The CDC will regularly review this status and it may change at any time.  Foreign nationals should check the CDC website before traveling to ensure they meet all current qualifications.***

  • All travelers, including fully vaccinated air travelers, will continue to be required to show documentation of a pre-departure negative viral test from a sample taken within three days of travel to the United States before boarding. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to show documentation of a negative viral test from a sample taken within one day of travel to the United States.
  • If you have questions about the new travel requirements or which vaccines are accepted for travel to the U.S., please visit the CDC website.

Link to watch the live recording:


U.S. Embassy Yerevan
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(+374-10) 464-700 (after hours)
1 American Avenue
Yerevan 0082, Republic of Armenia

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