Host Country Section

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The United States Mission’s Office of Host Country Affairs assures that the obligations of the United States to the United Nations Organization and to the UN community in New York are upheld.  The Office also serves a variety of important liaison functions between the world’s largest and most prestigious diplomatic community on the one hand and federal and local government agencies, businesses and private citizens on the other.

The health and safety of the members of the Permanent Missions and Observer Offices is of utmost importance to the United States Mission to the United Nations. In an effort by the Department of State to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Host Country Affairs Unit at the United States Mission to the United Nations will temporarily cease some services effective March 17, 2020. These include all visa and change of status related applications, ID card renewals, Employment Authorization requests and In-Person Domestic Worker Registration. The reception booth at the United States Mission lobby is closed until further notice. Additional information is below on our current status of operations:

  • Processing of visa renewal applications submitted before March 17, 2020 is halted and will resume when the Department of State authorizes employees to return to the building.
  • A valid U.S. visa is not needed to exit the United States. However, you will need a valid U.S. visa upon return to the United States to request re-entry at a U.S. port of entry. You may apply to renew your A or G visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate that provides visa services.

For any inquiries or assistance, please email the following as appropriate:

Domestic Workers:
General Host Country:
VIP Airport Departure Courtesies: email both &
Airport Arrival Courtesies: Please use EGOV or
Diplomatic Parking:

Any other matters:

Although USUN Host Country staff will be working remotely and monitoring this email box, response times may be longer than normal.

We will continue to provide updates regarding our operations by email as more information becomes available. You may also check for current information impacting travel to the United States.

As always we appreciate your understanding and patience.

Some of the Office’s most important services to the United Nations community include:

  • Airport arrival, departure and diplomatic “special” aircraft overflight and landing clearances
  • Accreditation and registration evaluation and assistance
  • Employment authorization program assistance
  • Legal and/or paralegal assistance
  •  Parking and other municipal or local issues assistance
  • Security, safety, and law enforcement coordination and cooperation assistance
  • Treaty obligations
  • U.S. representation on the U.N. Committee on Relations with the Host Country
  • Visa services for registered members of the official UN community in New York having valid visa status