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Diplomats and Government Officials Visas

Diplomats, foreign government officials, as well as employees of International Organizations traveling to the United States to engage in official duties or activities on behalf of their government or organization must obtain A or G visas prior to entering the United States. All transit to a third country (such as Canada) for official business requires an official C3 or G4 transit visa.

Officials cannot travel or transit using visitor visas (B1/B2) or the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) to engage in official duties or activities on behalf of their national governments.

Official Visa Office Hours

In order to facilitate the processing of visa applications for officials traveling to the United States of America, and/or the United Nations, our Consular Section accepts applications on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 11:00 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Passports are returned on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:00 p.m.  Please note that it takes a minimum of two business days to process an application, but in some cases a request can take up to two weeks.  For any questions, contact us at SuvaNIVDIP@state.gov

Visa fees and interview requirements

The interview and fingerprinting requirements are waived for diplomats and government officials traveling on official business to the United States. The processing fee is waived for diplomatic or official visas. This includes applicants who qualify for an official transit visa (C3 or G4).

How to apply for a Diplomatic/Official Visa at the U.S. Embassy in Suva:

To avoid any delays in the issuance of visas, we remind you that each official application must be completed online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ and that each file submitted to the Consular Section must consist of the following elements:


  1. The DS-160 confirmation page.


  1. A passport (diplomatic, official, or regular) valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry in the United States.


  1. A U.S. passport size photo on a white background taken within the last six months and different from the ones used for the previous visa application(s). Photos with glasses are not accepted.


  1. A signed Diplomatic Note, Note Verbale, or Transportation Letter (for UN travelers) drafted according to the regulations of the Department of State with the following information concerning the principal applicant:

(1)  Name and date of birth;

(2)  Position and title;

(3)  Place of assignment or 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.

For official visa applicants coming to Suva from other countries en route to the United States, please submit all of the above well in advance of your travel with the assistance of your country’s mission in Fiji. You may bring your passport to the Embassy when you arrive in Fiji.

Need Further Assistance?

Please visit our website at https://fj.usembassy.gov

Email us at SuvaNIVDIP@state.gov