Security Regulations

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Overview

All consular services applicants will be allowed entry to the Embassy on their scheduled appointment only carrying passports and documents related to the application.

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 watches, electronic car keys, cameras, compact discs, MP3s, laptops, or portable music/video players
  • Large shoulder bags/purses or diaper bags
  • Bags such as travel bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather, cloth bags, and zip folders. Sealed envelopes or packages
  • Medicine
  • Cosmetics
  • Food items or liquids
  • Cigarettes, cigars, match boxes, lighters, vapers or electric cigarettes
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind

This is not an exhaustive list. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff. You can only carry application-related documents. In case you need any medicine, baby food or other item while waiting for your interview, you are welcome to go back and use them, and will be allowed entry after storing them once more.

There is no facility at the Embassy to store prohibited items. However there are kiosks near the U.S. Embassy that offer said service. 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.

Who may accompany me to the visa interview?

Visa interviews are between the applicant and the interviewing consular officer.  Third parties, unless both parents accompanying a minor to the interview or assisting a physically or disabled applicant, are generally not permitted to enter the Consular Section. Should the interviewing officer require information from a third party pertinent to the applicant's qualifications, the applicant will be asked to provide any such additional information through established procedures at the visa interview.