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, or portable music players
  • Large shoulder bags/purses
  • 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.

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

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.