Security Regulations

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Overview

For security purposes and due to capacity limitations, consular sections at U.S. Embassies do not allow third parties (such as friends, family, attorneys, or business contacts) to attend the visa interview, with the exception of parents or legal guardians accompanying minors, elderly applicants, or applicants with special needs or disabilities.  Escort animals trained to assist applicants with disabilities will be admitted.

All visitors and their belongings will need to pass through security screening before entering the Embassy.  

Prior to entering security, please remove any belts, coats, sweaters, and any objects inside your pockets.  Please place these items in the tray provided by security on the conveyor belt for x-ray screening.

The following items are prohibited inside the building:

  • Electrical devices such as cell phones, tablets, smart watches, cameras or any recording devices.
  • Headphones
  • CDs or USB drives
  • Any device that requires batteries with the exception of hearing aids
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Large purses, handbags or backpacks
  • Electronic car keys
  • Food, excluding breast milk and prepared formula.  Powdered formula will not be allowed in.
  • Any type of liquids including lotion and lipsticks
  • Cigarettes, cigars, matches, or lighters
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pens, nail files, or razor blades
  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kinds

There is no facility at the Embassy to store prohibited items. 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.