Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus
6 February, 2020
Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone their appointments by at least 14 days. There is no fee to change an appointment and visa application fees are valid for one year in the country where the fee was paid.
To postpone your appointment, please sign in to your user account, select the “Continue” option, and follow the system instructions under the “ reschedule appointment” action. If you require further assistance please refer to our "Help" section at the bottom of the page.
New restrictions on travel to the United States for non-U.S. citizens
3 February, 2020
Entry of aliens who were present in China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days prior to their arrival at the port of entry in the United States is suspended, per Presidential Proclamation. If you reside in China, have traveled to China recently, or intend to travel to China prior to your planned trip to the United States, we recommend you postpone your visa interview appointment until 14 days subsequent to your departure from China.
SECURITY AT THE CONSULAR SECTION - U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI, KENYA
11 September, 2019
All visitors to Embassy facilities are subject to search before entry.
Effective September 23, 2019, no luggage, electronic or photographic equipment is permitted in our waiting room or on other Embassy premises, nor are we able to hold these items for you. Mobile phones will be held at the gate while visitors are on Embassy grounds.
FORBIDDEN ITEMS AND ENTRY REGULATIONS:
Embassy security procedures require that all visitors receive a security inspection. You will be allowed to check one cell phone at the Embassy gate but the US Embassy and the Embassy guards are not liable for any loss or damage to your cell phone while it is checked. You will NOT be allowed to enter the U.S. Embassy for your appointment carrying any of the following items:
- Any other battery-operated or electronic devices such as computer tablets, digital diaries, pagers, cameras, MP3s, laptops, or portable music players and wearable devices such as Google glasses or body cameras.
- Any oversize shoulder bags or purses.
- Any oversize handbags and travel bags, large back-packs, briefcases, or suitcases. Applicants can only carry in clear bags containing papers needed for their appointment.
- Any food item.
- Sealed envelopes or packages.
- Cigarettes / cigars / match boxes / lighters, e cigarettes, liquid vaping devices.
- Any sharp objects such as scissors, pen knives or nail files.
- Weapons or explosive materials of any kind.
The list provided above is not exhaustive. Other items may be prohibited at the discretion of security staff. Other than the one allowed cell phone, the US Embassy will not accept the storage of any of the above prohibited items. You will have to make alternate arrangements to store these items before you enter the Embassy.
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
29 August, 2019
Due to the directive of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) that 1,000 shilling notes of the old design will no longer be legal tender on October 1, 2019, the U.S. Embassy’s consular section will not accept old KSH 1,000 notes after September 12, 2019. Please note that older bills of lesser denominations (500, 200, 100, and 50) will continue to be legal tender after October 1, and will be accepted by the consular section.