(Updated Nov. 10, 2020)

Security Regulations

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For security purposes and due to capacity limitations, the Consular Section does not allow third parties (such as friends, family or business contacts) to attend the Non-immigrant visa interview, with the exception of parents or legal guardians accompanying minors, elderly applicants, or applicants with special needs or disabilities. Escort animals trained to assist applicants with disabilities will be admitted.

All visitors and their belongings must pass through security screening before entering the Embassy. 

Prior to entering security, please remove any belts, coats, sweaters, and any objects inside your pockets.  Please place these items in the tray provided by security on the conveyor belt for x-ray screening.

The following items are prohibited inside the building: 

  • Electrical devices such as cell phones, tablets, smart watches, cameras or any recording devices. 
  • Headphones. 
  • Any device that requires batteries with the exception of hearing aids.
  • Cell phone chargers.
  • Large purses, handbags or backpacks.
  • Electronic car keys.
  • Food, excluding breast milk and prepared baby formula. The powdered formula will not be allowed in. 
  • Any type of liquids such as lotion, hand sanitizer (anti-bacterial gel),  lipstick, water, etc. (Note: There are several hand sanitizer dispensers available throughout our waiting rooms)
  • Cigarettes, cigars, matches, or lighters.
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pens, nail files, or razor blades.
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind.

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. 

The Consular facilities – which include outdoor and indoor waiting areas, service windows, and restrooms -- are completely accessible for those who use wheelchairs or other assistive devices. However, the new facilities are spacious and may require applicants to stand for periods of time and walk for moderate distances. Should your medical condition require a wheelchair or mobility assistance device, please bring it with you to your appointment.