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Copyright Information

Links to are welcomed. Unless a copyright is indicated, information on the Consular Affairs web site is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. State Department as source of the information is appreciated.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.  For photos without captions or with only partial captions, hold your cursor over the photo to view the "alt tag" for any copyright information. Please note that many photos used on this website are copyrighted.  Please note that the U.S. Government has an international copyright on Country Commercial Guides.


For site management, see Privacy and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Notices.

This web site,, launched in February 1995.

Links to External Web Sites

Links to web sites outside the U.S. Federal Government or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names within the State Department web sites are for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the U.S. State Department of any private sector web site, product, or service. In order to comply with OMB Policy 3: Establish and Enforce Agency wide Linking Policies, an interstitial page will appear after any link that will take users to external web sites to inform them that they are leaving contains hyperlinks to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Such links should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.


 State Department officers continually review the external links for their ongoing value to the issues and topics presented within State Department websites. The process for adding an external link is the same as for clearing information for public dissemination, as described in the State Department’s Information Quality Guidelines:

"Clearances on information for dissemination generally are obtained from any office within the Department or any other agency within the U.S. Government that has a substantive interest in the information."


The State Department provides external links solely for our readers' information and convenience. When readers select a link to an external website, they are leaving a site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website. The State Department:

  • Does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
  • Does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or the views they express or the products/services they offer.
  • Cannot and does not authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. NOTE: uses many copyrighted photos so users must check captions/ALT tags to determine source of photos. Only State Department photos are in the public domain.
  • Is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.
  • Does not guarantee that external websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Every effort has been made to provide accurate and complete information. However, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. Neither the U.S. Government or the State Department assumes any legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein, or represents that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site is strictly prohibited and is subject to prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and Title 18 USC Sec.1001 and 1030.

Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the thousands of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee that there will be no errors. With respect to documents and information on the current and archive State Department web sites, neither the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of State, nor their employees and contractors make any warranty, expressed or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to documents available from State Department web sites. Additionally, the U.S. Government, and the U.S. State Department assume no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein and do not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

Please read the State Department's guidelines pursuant to the Data Quality Information Act before submitting inquiries under this Act.

If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on State Department web sites, or if you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact the public information staff in the Bureau of Public Affairs:
Public Communication Division, PA/PL
U.S. Department of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
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