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Security at the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General
American Citizen Services

What can you bring?

What can you bring with you when visiting the U.S. Embassy?

For security reasons American Citizen Services customers and visa clients are not allowed to bring any luggage, large bags, cell phones, laptops, tablets, or other electronic devices, or any items that are not relevant to your business with the embassy (with the exception of one small purse, backpack, briefcase or items to care for babies).

Personal laptops and larger electrical/electronic devices are prohibited. You will not be permitted entry if you are in possession of a laptop or larger electrical/electronic device.

If you have prohibited items with you, you will not be allowed to enter the Embassy and may need to reschedule your appointment.

The following items are NOT permitted in the Embassy:

  • Cameras
  • Cell phones*
  • Laptops
  • Any other electronics, such as MP3 players, iPods, etc.
  • Large bags
  • Luggage
  • Tools of any size, such as a leatherman, or Swiss army knife
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Drinks
  • Food

All visitors to the Embassy are subject to airport-type screening.  When planning your visit here, bring only what is needed for your business with the Consular Section to speed security screening.  All items are subject to inspection and your wait time at the Embassy depends on the items you and other visitors bring.  We do not have storage facilities at the Embassy.

*Cellphones may be kept by security guards upon entering the customer screening area. They will be returned upon your departure from the Consular Section.

We appreciate your cooperation in making your visit to the Embassy as smooth as possible.

Applicants Only:  Only persons seeking consular services  who have made an appointment will be admitted to the Embassy or Consulate.   All requests to add names of persons for appointments (witnesses, persons accompanying a disabled person etc.) must be submitted prior to your visit.