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Airport Escort Screening Courtesies FAQs

Q. Who is eligible to receive Airport Escort Screening Courtesies?

A. Foreign officials who are considered to be the functional equivalents of members of the Cabinet of the United States, their accompanying spouses and children under the age of twelve are eligible for the services provided under the Airport Escort Screening Courtesies.

Q. How do I apply for Airport Escort Screening Courtesies?

A. Foreign embassies, missions to the Organization of American States (“OAS”), the OAS Secretariat, missions to the United Nations (“UN”), and the UN Secretariat may request Airport Escort Screening Courtesies by submitting a completed form DS-4138, Request for Escort Screening Courtesies, to the Office of Foreign Missions  at 

Q. Can I still apply for Escort Screening Courtesies if the first departure is less than three business days away?

A. OFM requires that all Escort Screening Courtesy requests are submitted three business days prior to the first departure. Late submissions will be considered and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Q. Can immediate and extended family members receive Airport Escort Screening Courtesies?

A. Airport Escort Screening Courtesies are for the approved primary traveler, the accompanying spouse, and their children under the age of twelve. Other family members are not eligible; but the names of any accompanying travelers should still be listed in the mission’s request.

Q. Can I submit a request for Escort Screening Courtesies if a foreign dignitary is visiting our consulate outside of Washington, D.C.?

A. All requests must be made by the dignitary’s embassy no matter the location of the visit. OFM does not accept requests for Airport Escort Screening Courtesies from a consular post.

Q. Who do I contact with additional questions?

A. You can contact OFM at (202) 895-3500 x 4 or

(content revision date 03/12/2013)


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