The US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico will temporarily suspend immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services, starting from March 18 for an indefinite period, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, VisaGuide.World reports.

The decision came after the Mexican government urged to increase social distancing.

“In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Mexican government’s call to increase social distancing, the US Embassy in Mexico City and all US consulates in Mexico will suspend routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services starting March 18, 2020, and until further notice”, the US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico statement reads.

According to the statement, the US Embassy and consulates will provide emergency visa services as well as essential consular services to US nationals.

The immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services will be suspended for interviews at the embassy as well as for processing at the Centros de Atencion a Solicitantes.

All the citizens who had appointments at visa services will receive emails with the explication of the visa cancellation process, except the emergency travel.

The US Embassy and Consulates in Mexico, in their statement, announced that routine passport and notarial services would also be limited, from March 18, 2020, while the appointments after March 18, 2020, will be rescheduled for a later date.

In Mexico, 93 people tested positive for the pandemic COVID-19, without any fatal case.

US Suspends Visa Services in All Highly Affected Countries

All the US embassies around the world are temporarily suspending their visa services in countries that are highly affected by the deadly virus, embassy in South Korea announced.

The new decision is applied in about 100 countries with a travel warning for coronavirus outbreak or war crimes.

“We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time,” the US Embassy in South Korea announced.

The US has restricted the entry of citizens who have travelled through China, Iran and Europe, and the UK in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

More than 204,000 people have been infected with coronavirus worldwide, while the number of deaths rose to 8,269.

China (80,894), Italy (31,506), Iran(17,361) and Spain (13,910), continue to be the most high-risked countries in the world.

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