Security Regulations

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In accordance with security regulations, the following items are prohibited inside the American Institute in Taiwan: 

  • Weapons or explosive materials of any kind
  • Sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives, or nail files
  • Laptops or larger electronic devices
  • Cameras or video recorders
  • Remote controls
  • Any bags, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, leather bags, cloth bags, or shoulder bags larger than 18 x 14 x 8 inches
  • Food items, including bottled water (*baby formula/food may be excepted)
  • Cigarettes (including electronic cigarettes), cigars, match boxes, and lighters
  • Sealed packages 

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

The American Institute in Taiwan cannot store prohibited items for you. You will not be allowed to enter AIT with prohibited items. All visitors must make other arrangements to store prohibited items before entering AIT.  Failure to follow these guidelines may result in significant delays or cancellation of your appointment.  

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) are not allowed inside the Consular waiting room.  PEDs include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Tablets
  • Pagers
  • Portable music players
  • Smart watches and other electronic fitness devices
  • Hand held video game players
  • USB drives
  • Audio/video cassettes and CDs
  • Headphones or other listening devices (*hearing aides are permitted) 

Due to security considerations, there is no information window for walk-in visitors at the American Institute in Taiwan.  Access to the Consular Section waiting area is limited to the following: 

  • Applicants
  • Parents or legal guardians of applicants under 18 years old
  • Aides of disabled applicants 

Visa appointment holders must have an appointment confirmation page and may not be admitted more than 10 minutes before or after their appointment.