Prohibited Articles at the US Embassy or Consulate-General

February 3, 2011

Hand Stop.jpgThe immigration lawyers at Fong & Aquino prepare hundreds of visa applications annually. We handle visa applicants from the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, China, Japan, Canada, México, El Salvador, Argentina, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, South Afrika, and dozens of other countries.

Under some circumstances, our clients, whether they are here in Los Angeles or elsewhere, must leave the USA to obtain their visas from the US Embassy or Consulate-General outside the USA.

Because of heightened security concerns at US posts abroad, many everyday articles MAY NOT be brought into a US Embassy or Consulate. The obvious ones are: fire arms, ammunition, sharp weapons. But other prohibited items include:

Electronic Devices
photographic cameras
video cameras
mobile telephones
two-way handhelp radios
portable radios
portable DVD players or "Game Boys"
laptop computers
magnetic diskettes
memory sticks or thumb-drive USB memories
any electronic cables

Metallic Objects
pocket knives
metallic scissors
metallic ball point pens
belts with metallic buckles
pencil sharpeners

Personal Articles
cigarettes, cigars
lanyard or cord for ID pouch

Cosmetic Articles
eyebrow clippers
eyelash curlers
metallic nail files
any aerosol products
glass containers (e.g., perfumes, mascara, etc.)

Some of these items seem silly, but because of incidents that have happened at some US posts, you should not bring any of these things to a consular appointment. If you do, you will be forced to leave the item behind -- and the US posts DO NOT have any facilities to check personal belongings -- which could cause you to be late for or miss your appointment! --jcf