Security Regulations

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Overview

You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy while carrying any of the following items:

  • Battery-operated or electronic devices such as mobile phones, digital diaries, digital watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, laptops, tablets or portable music players
  • Large shoulder bags/purses - only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted
  • Bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folders - you can only carry plastic bags containing application-related papers
  • Food items
  • Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind

 

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

If you arrive with a laptop or tablet, or any other prohibited item, you will not be admitted to the Embassy and you may need to reschedule your appointment.

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.

COVID-Related Safety Measures

Bring a mask or face covering to your interview and wear it the entire time you are on the Embassy premises. Practice social distancing and sit at least two seats apart from the other applicants while waiting for your interview.

If you feel sick prior to your appointment, reschedule your interview in advance. Do not come to your interview if you are feeling ill. This will not negatively impact your application.

Requirements for applicants:

  • You must wear a mask or protective face covering over your nose and mouth at all times at the embassy;
  • Maintain social distancing;
  • Use the hand sanitizers provided;
  • Sanitize your hands before touching the fingerprint scanner;
  • Cancel your appointment if you or one of your family members are sick. Don’t worry, you can reschedule it.
  • Regardless of your country of citizenship, if you have recently returned from international travel, you must wait 14 days from your return to Bulgaria before you may come to the embassy for an interview.