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Prohibited and Permitted Items

We strongly recommend that all visitors arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.  Due to workload volumes and the need to promptly serve others, some office locations may not be able to accommodate visitors who arrive more than 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment time.

All Consular section visitors and their personal belongings (at all of the the Embassy, Consulates, and Consular Agencies) must pass through security screening before entering into the building.  For reasons of safety and security, visitors may not bring these prohibited items into our office facilities (these lists are not all inclusive and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of items determined to be unsafe or a threat to security):

  • Cellphones, computers, and other electronic devices
  • Media devices such as CD’s, thumb drives, SD cards, headphones, speakers, etc.
  • Cameras or video equipment
  • Flashlights
  • Lighters and matches
  • Weapons or any item which can be used as a weapon
  • Knives and other sharp objects
  • Purses and bags larger than 18” x 18”
  • Liquids, gels, aerosols, oils, lotions, or powder (exceptions below)

The following items are permitted:

  • Declare medical devices before security screening
  • Small quantities of make-up
  • Small quantities of baby formula, baby food, milk
  • Small quantities of diapers
  • Belts
  • Watches
  • Keys
  • Non-liquid medication
  • Baby Carriers and baby strollers that can be folded small enough to pass through an x-ray machine.