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”).
Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports
12 June, 2019
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: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/presidential-proclamation-archive/2017-12-04-Presidential-Proclamation.html.
Attention: Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in People's’ Republic of China passports
28 November, 2016
As of November 29, 2016, Chinese citizens with 10-year B1, B2 or B1/B2 visas in Peoples’ Republic of China passports are required to update their biographical and other information from their visa application through the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before travelling to the United States. This update must be done every two years, or upon getting a new passport or B1, B2, or B1/B2 visa, whichever occurs first.
EVUS enrollment is available at www.EVUS.gov. There is currently no fee for EVUS enrollment. Until a fee is implemented, travelers can enroll in EVUS without charge. The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will keep visa holders informed of new information at www.cbp.gov/EVUS.