Enhanced Security Regulations for Visiting The Embassy

30 September, 2019

Beginning October 1, 2019, U.S. Embassy Port of Spain will restrict items our customers can bring into the Embassy, in order to speed security checks and reduce time spent in lines.

The below list of prohibited items will no longer be allowed. Please leave these items at home or make arrangements for their storage before your arrival. The Embassy has no capacity to store these items. Those arriving with a prohibited item will be turned away and asked to make a new appointment.

The new security guidelines will increase the speed of our screening process and result in shorter wait times.

The following items are prohibited at the U.S. Embassy:

  • Weapons of any type and sharp objects such as scissors, penknives, or nail files.
  • Bags, including purses, backpacks, brief cases, diaper bags, and luggage.
  • Battery-operated or electronic devices such as cellphones, cameras, laptops, iPads, thumb drives, digital diaries, smart watches, pagers, cameras, audio/video cassettes, compact discs, MP3s, floppy disks, or portable music players.
  • Liquids and food items (with the exception of baby formula).
  • Cigarettes, cigars, matchboxes, lighters.

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

The following items are allowed at the U.S. Embassy:

  • One small, clear plastic Ziploc-like bag (standard, not freezer, size) or a clear plastic folder with your documents (no larger than 10” x 10”).
  • Umbrella

Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports

12 June, 2019

As of June 7, 2019 the Department of State recognizes that previously issued Venezuelan passports and “prorrogas” have been extended by decree of interim Venezuelan President Guaido for an additional five years past their printed date of expiration. Passports rendered valid by this decree will be accepted for visa and other consular services.

Supreme Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (December 4, 2017)

11 December, 2017

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Government’s motions for emergency stays of preliminary injunctions issued by the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Hawaii and Maryland, which prohibited the enforcement of certain sections of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P). Nationals of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Venezuela are subject to the restrictions and limitations. More information is available at this link: