Access and Security

Getting to the U.S. Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez

There is no parking at the Consulate.  We strongly advise that applicants use public transportation or a taxi to get to the Consulate.

Access to the Consulate

The Consulate is a restricted zone.  Only applicants and, in the case of minors or individuals in need of physical assistance, their companions or guardians, will be allowed to enter.

For nonimmigrant visa applicants, children under the age of 7 do not need to attend the interview or be present for fingerprinting.  Because of space restrictions, we strongly encourage you to leave your children at home if they do not need to attend the appointment.

Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes early to your appointment, as there is no waiting area outside the Consulate.

Please be prepared for the weather.  You may find yourself waiting in an uncovered space – so please bring your umbrella, rain coat, sunglasses, water, etc. to protect yourself from the elements.

Security Procedures and Prohibited Items

You will pass through several security checks. Please follow all security instructions given by the security personnel. To speed up the process, we encourage you to limit the amount of jewelry and metal items you bring with you.

The following items are prohibited, and trying to enter the Consulate with one of them may result in the loss of your appointment. These lists are not all inclusive and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of any item(s) determined to be unsafe or a threat to security.

  • Electronic items (Items operated by a power source of any kind) including cell phones, cameras, audio and video players, laptops, pagers, MP3 players, toys, memory storage devices and portable gaming devices.
  • Weapons, items that may be confused for weapons, and replicas of weapons including guns, knives, pepper spray, explosives, metal razors, nail clippers, powder or liquid substances, and scissors.
  • Lighters , matches, or any other flammable or explosive material
  • Large bags including travel bags or backpacks

The Consulate does not provide any kind of storage for personal items and does not take responsibility for any items you chose to leave with other individuals.