Security Regulations

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Overview

You should arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to go through security. Upon arrival, applicants need to take a place in line according to their scheduled appointment time.

No luggage or large items are allowed on the consular premises. Applicants may only bring document files after a thorough security screening. It is a security risk to leave items on the street. Such items may be confiscated by local authorities.

The following items are not allowed inside the Consular Section:

  • Bags or purses, except diaper bags and wallets
  • Backpacks
  • Cell phones
  • Suitcases
  • Weapons
  • Electronics such as notebooks, iPods, PDAs, etc.
  • Cameras
  • Cosmetics
  • Food and drinks
  • Liquids
  • Documents in non-transparent folders. Only transparent thin folders are allowed
  • Medication (pills, sprays, syringes, etc.)

This list is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff.

If you use electronic medical devices (such as hearing aids, pace makers, etc.), please inform the consular guards about this as soon as you arrive for your interview.

There is no facility at the Embassy to store prohibited items. You must make arrangements to store these items before entering.

Due to security considerations, there is no information window for walk-in visitors at the Embassy. Only visa applicants with scheduled interviews will be admitted.

Parking or Waiting Outside the Consular Section

The Consular Section does not have a parking lot, and on-street parking is very difficult.

Because of traffic and narrow streets surrounding the Consular Section, waiting on the street is both inconvenient and potentially dangerous, especially for children.