The Organizers shall not be held responsible for visa or ESTA application procedures nor for delays in the process or if the corresponding visa/ESTA was denied or not granted on time.
The content in this section is provided for general information only. We recommend contacting the US Embassy or Consulate closest to your place of residence for further orientation.
Before traveling to the U.S., please take a look at this information
, whether you are U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident, an International Visitor or if you are under the Trusted Traveler Programs or coming through a land border Port of Entry and have a Ready Lane-eligible
Keep in mind that, beside a valid passport
and depending on your country of origin, you will need a visa or an ESTA
(Electronic System for Travel Authorization) to enter the United States
VISA and ESTA to enter the USA
Citizens from 38 countries can enter the United States without a visa when the purpose of their trip is to do tourism, business or receive medical treatment under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
United Kingdom (only England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)
- Dual nationality and VWP:
People that were born and currently live in a country not included in the VWP but that also hold a valid passport from a country included in the VWP, can travel to the USA without a visa if the purpose of the trip is to do tourism, business or receive medical treatment.
However, if a person with dual nationality applied for the visa with their national passport and it was denied or if a previous visa had been cancelled or revoked, they can’t use the other passport to travel to the United States without a visa.
- What is ESTA?
ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an electronic authorization that allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa for a maximum of 90 days, which cannot be extended and when the purpose of the trip is to do tourism, business or receive medical treatment.
- Basic requirements for ESTA application:
Hold a valid passport from a country included in the VWP.
The purpose of the trip must be tourism, business or medical treatment.
Never having had a denied visa application.
Arrive to the USA by air on a commercial airline.
Have an electronic passport with digital photography and chip.
- Cases in which the visa is mandatory:
People under the following circumstances cannot travel without a visa despite having a passport from a country included in the VWP and must apply for a B-2 visa:
Those that have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011.
Those that have dual citizenship with Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan, regardless if they had previously obtained an ESTA.
- Canadian citizens. Border crossings:
Canadians can enter the United States without a visa as tourists for a maximum period of six months.
Non-US or Canadian citizens entering through a land border need an I-94 admission record to verify immigration status. You can find this I-94 admission record at CBP.gov
Entering the USA
When arriving from other countries, passengers must clear passport control before entering the United States. Some countries offer preclearance from certain airports. Precleared passengers don't have to be cleared again.
When you arrive at a port of entry to the U.S., you will be subject to an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Don’t forget to take a look at the list of prohibited and restricted items
, as well as other information
about the clearance process.
To make the migratory control in airports faster, citizens from VWP countries can use the APC system
(automated passport control), available in selected airports.
Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Members enter the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports
While this program’s goal is to speed travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States.
To find out more about the Global Entry program and to apply, you can click on this link
or download a PDF brochure
Travelers that are not under the Global Entry program will need to fill out a paper Customs Declaration Form to be presented along a valid passport. This form should be placed into the front cover of the passport.