Prohibited Items At The Embassy
12 March, 2018
All Embassy visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering the buildings. For reasons of safety and security, visitors may not bring the items below into any Embassy facility. These regulations apply to all visitors including those seeking Consular Services.
**IMPORTANT NOTE -- As of 2 April 2018, the Embassy will no longer store any items. Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items secure storage**
The following items are NOT permitted and will not be stored by Embassy personnel:
- Cellphones, computers, and other electronic devices including fitness trackers
- Media devices such as CDs, thumb drives, SD cards, headphones, and speakers
- Cameras or video equipment
- Lighters and matches
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.
Important Reminder on the Visa Waiver Program/ESTA and Travel to the United States
30 March, 2016
The U.S. Consulate wishes to remind all nationals who are able to travel to the United States via the Visa Waiver Program that as of 01 April 2016, to the U.S. via the Visa Waiver Program that as of 01 April 2016, they must have a valid electronic passport. This rule applies even to those who possess a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The U.S. Consulate strongly recommends that all travelers check to ensure their passports are valid electronic passports before they make arrangements to travel to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program.
You can check if your passport is valid for travel under the VWP by carefully reading the following page:
Any traveler who does not have a valid electronic passport is still eligible to travel to the United States with a valid nonimmigrant visa issued by a U.S. embassy or consulate. Such travelers will be required to appear for an interview and obtain a visa in their passports at a U.S. embassy or consulate before traveling to the United States. Information on visa applications can be found at: