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Diplomatic and Official Visas
August 4, 2023

The U.S. Consular Section in Vienna, Austria, will accept applications for official and diplomatic A and G visas only on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:00 am and 11:45 am.  No prior appointment required.
No entry into the Section after
11:45 am.

Applications may be submitted by courier; personal appearance is not required – except for applicants for A-3 and G-5 domestic employee visas. We do not charge visa fees for A, C-2/C-5 and G visa applications. Fingerprinting is not required – except for domestic employee applicants for A-3 and G-5 visas.

Diplomats, other foreign government officials, and persons traveling on official business on behalf of designated international organizations are not eligible for Visa Waiver Program (“ESTA”) and visitor visa (category B) travel.



Each applicant must submit all the following documentary evidence to the Consular Section. Please do not submit incomplete applications:

  • A valid passport, which may be diplomatic, official/service, or regular. We strongly encourage submission of national diplomatic, official/service and regular passports, rather than U.N. travel documents, such as United Nations Laissez-Passer (UNLP).
  • All applicants for diplomatic and official visas are required to first complete and submit the Apply for a Nonimmigrant Visa online. Please ensure you select the correct visa category for your proposed travel as form DS-160 input fields and questions change based on the purpose of travel initially selected by you.  Official business trips on behalf of foreign governments or international organizations are usually done on A or G visas – subcategories of the choice “Other” in the drop-down menu. For more information on classification codes, please see here.
  • One printed color passport photograph, see Digital Photo Requirements.
  • A, C, and G visa categories may only be issued upon receipt of an official diplomatic note from the appropriate foreign office, mission, international organization, or NATO authority – see below for individual requirements.


Individual Written Document Requirement:

All applications require an official note from the sending organization that includes the following information concerning the principal applicant:

  1. Name and date of birth;
  2. Position and title;
  3. Place of assignment or temporary visit;
  4. Purpose of travel;
  5. Brief description of duties;
  6. Travel date;
  7. Anticipated length of stay or tour of duty in the United States; and
  8. The names, relationships, and dates of birth of any dependents and other members of household who will be accompanying or joining the principal on dependent A, C, or G visas.

For any foreign government official, employee, or intern who will serve at a diplomatic or consular mission (including a mission to an international organization) or at a miscellaneous foreign government office in the United States for 90 days or more, the diplomatic note must be issued by the sending government’s foreign ministry, and not by a mission or miscellaneous foreign government office in the United States.

In the case of a foreign career official currently assigned outside of the United States, we will accept a note from the embassy or consulate outside the United States where the official is currently assigned, if the note certifies that the foreign ministry in their home country requests the visa application.

G-4 visas for officers and employees of the United Nations may be issued only upon receipt on an e-fax cable/note authorized by the U.N. Chief of Transportation Section at the U.N. Secretariat.

G-4 visas for World Bank officers and employees may be issued only upon receipt of an e-fax cable/note from World Bank Headquarters.

Attendants and Personal Domestic Employees of persons in A-1, A-2, and G-1 through G-4 status apply for A-3 and G-5 visas and must also submit an executed contract between the employer and employee. Please see the full list of requirements at Domestic Employee Visa information page. A-3 and G-5 visa applications must be submitted in person.


How to Apply:

Submit your visa application in person to the Consular Section, on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:00 am and 11:45 am. No entry permitted after 11:45 am:

Parkring 12A, 1010 Vienna, Austria

A and G visa applications may also be submitted by registered mail:

U.S. Consular Section/NIV
Boltzmanngasse 16
A-1090 Vienna, Austria

A and G visa applications submitted by registered mail must include a self-addressed and stamped envelope for registered return mail.  Austrian postage stamps in the amount of EUR 5.50 must be affixed.  We mail to Austrian addresses only.

Most official and diplomatic visas will be processed within one week, but certain visa applications may warrant further Administrative Processing.