Security Regulations

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Overview

Visitors may bring small, hand-carry items such as a purse, diaper bag, a small backpack, or a small folder containing application documents.  Please take note of the prohibited items that will not be allowed into the Consulate and may result in you missing your visa appointment.

Prohibited Items (NOTE: DO NOT bring to the Consulate.  The Consulate cannot store these items. Visitors in possession of these items will be turned away from the Consular Section).

  • Firearms/Edged weapons;
  • Explosive devices;
  • Flammable liquids;
  • Any food or consumable.  Drinking water is available;
  • Other weapons/contraband;
  • Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages are also not allowed.
  • Computers/ accessories, including laptops
  • Other large electronic or electrical devices

Non-Dangerous Prohibited Items (Can be Retained at the Guard Checkpoint)

  • Small electronic devices (cellular telephones, Smart phones, BlackBerry units, PDAs, Bluetooth devices etc.);
  • iPods and MP3 players;
  • iPads and other tablet devices;
  • Handheld gaming devices;
  • Smartwatches;
  • Wearable electronic fitness devices;
  • USB/thumb drives;
  • Recording devices (includes smart watches and other non-traditional devices);
  • Still/video cameras;
  • Pocket knife with a blade of less than 2.5 inches
  • Other items deemed contraband by Consulate Regional Security Office

Access to the Consulate is limited and generally only applicants are permitted to enter and be present during visa interviews. On a case-by-case basis, applicants may be accompanied by ONE non-applicant assist the applicant during the visa application process if a special need is demonstrated. Please note: The Consulate has the right to refuse entry to any persons.

  • Special Needs Visitors: Applicants may bring one person to assist them if they are over 80 years of age, are a minor child, or are disabled and require assistance to complete the application process.
  • Due to waiting room size, the large volume of applicants and the time required to screen consular clients, persons not meeting the criteria above will not be permitted to accompany an applicant. Drivers, friends, and extra relatives, including the relatives of interpreters, must wait outside or return to meet the applicant after the interview has been completed.