Security Regulations

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

  • Electronic items including cell phones, cameras, audio and video players, laptops, pagers, MP3 players, and portable gaming devices.
  • Weapons, items that may be confused for weapons, and replicas of weapons including guns, knives, pepper spray, explosives, metal razors, nail clippers, and scissors. 
  • Lighters
  • Sealed envelopes (all envelopes must be opened)
  • Large bags including travel bags, backpacks and briefcases (bags containing medicine or baby supplies will be allowed)

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

The Embassy has very limited storage available for holding applicants’ cell phones on the day of their interview, but there is no facility at the U.S. Embassy to store any of the other above listed prohibited items. Applicants should make arrangements to store these items before entering.

The Embassy is a restricted zone.  Only applicants and, in the case of minors or individuals in need of physical assistance, their companions or guardians, will be allowed to enter. 

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, children under the age of 14 do not need to attend the interview or be present for fingerprinting.  Because of space restrictions, we strongly encourage you to leave your children at home if they do not need to attend the appointment.

Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes early to your appointment, as there is no waiting area outside the Embassy.

Please be prepared for the weather.  You may find yourself waiting in an uncovered space – so please bring your umbrella, rain coat, sunglasses, water, etc. to protect yourself from the elements.

There is no parking at the Embassy.  We strongly advise that applicants use public transportation or a taxi to get to the Embassy.   There is a taxi line that runs from the Embassy, which you can use to get you wherever you need to go after your appointment.