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Your Visit to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv

For many years, visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv had to stand in long lines outside in the heat or rain before passing through security screening. At the end of 2007, the Embassy instituted new procedures designed to minimize the discomfort of our visitors.  These procedures have reduced the wait time before entering the Embassy from two or three hours to only fifteen or twenty minutes. The key to this success is that we now prohibit visitors from carrying into the building most objects other than paperwork, a credit card, and cash. Not having metal objects, wallets, purses, bags, containers, luggage, backpacks, cell phones, etc. means that visitors can move directly from outside through the security screening procedure almost without pause.  Please note that rings, watches, coins, pens, newspapers, books and magazines are allowed.

In order to make this new procedure work, visitors must either leave non-permissible items at home, have a relative or friend hold on to them outside the building, or find a place to store them near the Embassy. The U.S. Embassy does not have any storage facilities for visitors.  For your convenience, you can utilize nearby independent storage facilities. The U.S. Embassy is not associated with and has no responsibility whatsoever for the quality of their services.

This procedure has been very successful in reducing the time people wait to receive services from Embassy staff and has also helped to reduce our overall waiting time for visa appointments. Thank you for your cooperation.

For information on security screening processes and what is permitted to bring to your appointment, please go to: