Lapse in U.S. Government Appropriations
The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period.
Scheduled passport and visas services, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, will continue at the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and our Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.
The American Centers and EducationUSA advising offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public during the lapse in appropriations. All schedule programs are also postponed until further notice.
We will not update this account until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.
Please visit travel.state.gov for updates.
The American Center, part of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, is a one-stop source of up-to-date information about all aspects of the United States, its people, and its policies.
The American Center is open to the general public free of charge and welcomes visits by government officials, academics, journalists, students, and others interested in information about the United States.
Books: About 4,000 book titles on a variety of subjects for adults, young adults, and children. Click here for the online catalog.
Periodicals: A small collection of magazines and journals in hard copies.
Audios/Videos: 500 CD/DVDs on a wide range of fields such as English language teaching, documentaries, movies, TV series, soft skills training. CD/DVDs are for onsite use only.
Reference: AC staff can assist in your research project on the U.S., its people and its policies with information from online commercial databases, news agencies and wire services from around the world.
Speaker programs, trainings, clubs practicing American English, debate and book discussion, MOOC courses, film shows, exhibitions and music performance are often organized for the general public free of charge. Please click here for the event calendar.
The American Center welcomes groups of teachers, college and high school students, or researchers to visit the AC. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance with your request to email@example.com. If we can accommodate the group, we will request you to send us in advance the list of participants.
School and Language Centers
Our regular programs last 90 minutes, and they are not appropriate for children under 14 years old, especially for popular programs with a large crowd. To ensure the quality of our programs, we reserve the right to ask groups to leave.
Parents and Children
We welcome you to bring your children to the American Center, but we require an adult to student ratio at 3:1. Please supervise your children at all times.
- 9 computers (PCs and MACs) with Internet access
- 10 iPads
- 12 portable DVD players
- CNN News channel with high-end wireless headphones
Visit us at 1st Floor, Rose Garden Tower, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi (a photo ID card is required for entry).
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Hours of Operation
Monday: 13:00 – 19:00
Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 – 19:00
Closed on weekends, American and Vietnamese holidays.
As of August 1, 2017, all visitors to the American Center in Hanoi must undergo additional security checks of their personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, fitness trackers, etc.). These new procedures are being implemented worldwide to enhance the security of U.S. Embassy buildings. Please note that these new security screening requirements, which includes powering on the equipment in front of the guards, will lengthen the wait times for guests entering the American Center. Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time. The American Center has ordered 30 laptops for visitors’ use, which we expect to arrive in the Fall. We recommend you consider using the U.S. Embassy’s equipment and leaving your devices at home to shorten the screening time for all guests. In the meantime, if you plan to bring this or other electronic equipment to the American Center, please allow more time for these new screening procedures. Thank you for your assistance and patience.