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Country Information

Eswatini (Swaziland)

Kingdom of Eswatini
Do not travel to Eswatini due to COVID-19.

Do not travel to Eswatini due to COVID-19. 

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Eswatini due to COVID-19.   

Travelers to Eswatini may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within Eswatini due to COVID-19. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Eswatini.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Eswatini:

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.


Hague Convention Participation

Hague Adoption Convention Country?
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Intercountry adoptions from Eswatini to the United States are not currently possible. However, intercountry adoptions to Eswatini from the United States may be possible.

Hague Convention Information

Intercountry adoptions from Eswatini to the United States are not currently possible. However, intercountry adoptions to Eswatini from the United States may be possible.

Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with the Eswatini Central Authority for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.

Eswatini is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (“Convention”).  Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (“IAA”), the IAA’s implementing regulations, and all applicable legislation and regulations of Eswatini. Although the Convention entered into force for Eswatini on July 1, 2013, the Government of Eswatini announced in June 2013 that it planned to continue the existing suspension on all new intercountry adoptions while it focused on taking the steps necessary to implement fully the Convention. The Government of Eswatini has not informed the U.S. Embassy in Mbabane of an expected end date to the suspension.

The Department of State cautions adoption service providers and prospective adoptive parents that intercountry adoptions to the United States from Eswatini will not resume until Eswatini lifts its suspension and the Department of State determines that intercountry adoptions from Eswatini comply with the Convention. Adoption service providers should not advertise adoption programs in Eswatini until the Department of State notifies them that the Government of Eswatini has lifted its temporary suspension of intercountry adoptions and that its procedures meet the requirements of the Convention.

The Department of State will provide updated information on as it becomes available. 

Warning:  Do not attempt to adopt or to obtain custody of a child in Eswatini before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.

Contact Information

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
Department of Social Welfare
Gwamile Street, Mbabane
Tel: (268) 2404-2723/4
Fax:  (268) 2404-3770

Embassy of Eswatini in the United States
Address: 1712 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20009
Tel(202) 234-5002

U.S. Embassy in Mbabane, Eswatini
Physical Address: Corner of MR103 and Cultural Centre Drive, Ezulwini, Eswatini
Mail:  P.O. Box D202, The Gables H105, Eswatini
Tel:  (268) 2417-9000
Fax:  (268) 2416-3344

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:

USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1- 913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1-913-214-5808

For general questions about immigration procedures:

USCIS Contact Center
1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)

Last Updated: February 21, 2019

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Mbabane
Corner of MR103 and Cultural Centre
Drive PO Box D202
The Gables H106, Eswatini
+(268) 2417-9000
+(268) 7602-8414
+(268) 2416-3344

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