Security Regulations

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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. Only bags that can be carried by hand will be permitted
  • 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 enter the Embassy.

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 into the Embassy.

A parent may choose to accompany their minor child under 17. One parent must accompany a child under 14 years of age. Applicants with health issues or those who have difficulties moving may be accompanied by a family member who can assist them.

For further information, please visit the U.S. Embassy, Ouagadougou's website.