June 17, 2020: Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Limited Consular Services

June 17, 2020

As global conditions evolve and U.S. states begin to reopen, the Department of State has resumed passport operations in phases.  For more information on updated passport operations in the United States, please click here.

The processing and shipping of new, full-validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs) have resumed on a limited basis during phase one of the Department’s reopening plan.  Please visit our website to schedule an appointment.  Customers should expect delays when applying for non-emergency passports and CRBAs.  We recommend U.S. citizens wait to submit passport applications as delays in processing and shipping will continue in phase one.

U.S. citizens with expired U.S. passports who wish to return to the United States and families with newborn U.S. citizens without passports may schedule a passport appointment online for a limited validity, emergency passport.  These emergency passports are issued at the Embassy and are intended for short-term use; their maximum validity is one year.  Please note that Kuwaiti residency cannot be transferred to an emergency passport.

Limited appointments are available for urgent notarial services only.  Visit our website to schedule an appointment.

The Consular Section has taken a number of safety precautions in an effort to keep Embassy visitors safe.  We have utilized proper signage and floor markers spaced six feet apart to ensure customers practice social distancing, placed hand sanitizers at every interview window, and spread out appointments throughout the day to avoid reaching the maximum occupancy limit under the CDC’s social distancing criteria.  For your safety and the safety of our staff, consular officers are providing services with a face mask on.  Customers are required to wear a face mask when visiting the Embassy for consular services; you will not be allowed to enter the Embassy without a face mask.  We ask that customers who are feeling ill not come to the Embassy and reschedule their appointments.