Security Regulations

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You are not allowed to enter the U.S. Consulate 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.
  • Melbourne Applicants Only: Personal Electronic Devices such as mobile phones and digital watches are allowed. All other electronic devices, including laptops and iPads, are not permitted. Bluetooth needs to be turned off while in the Consulate. Audio/video recording of any kind is prohibited. 
  • Large shoulder bags/purses - only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted (smaller than 12x10x6 inches or 30x25x15 cm)
  • 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 and beverage 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
  • Strollers will be determined on a case by case basis
  • Helmets of any types

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

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

Please arrange storage for personal and or prohibited items before your arrival.

DISCLAIMER: This material is informational and does not constitute an endorsement by the United States Government.  Changes in pricing and service may occur after publication.

Due to security considerations, there is no information window for walk-in visitors at the Consulate. Only visa applicants with scheduled interviews will be admitted.