Know Before you Go

As with any travel, it is essential to do your research before heading to the airport. International travelers should review passport and visa requirements and learn about any travel advisories before confirming travel arrangements. U.S. residents should review the REAL ID fact sheet and make sure they are compliant before the May 7, 2025, deadline.

U.S. Visa Requirements

According to U.S. Department of State guidelines, all members of the “working media, press and radio” should apply for an I visa, including those from Visa Waiver Program countries.

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ESTA (VWP Travelers)

Those eligible to travel from a Visa Waiver Program country must complete the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to be approved for travel to the United States.

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Global Entry Program

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers upon arrival in the United States. Visit the CBP website for a list of countries eligible to participate in the Global Entry program.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Preclearance is the strategic stationing of CBP law enforcement personnel overseas to process travelers prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. Preclearance is available in select airports in Canada, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Aruba, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.

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e-Passport Requirement (VWP Travelers)

As of April 1, 2016, all those traveling under the VWP must have an e-passport. An e-Passport is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip.

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REAL ID (effective May 7, 2025)

Beginning May 7, 2025, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require all Americans to present REAL ID-compliant licenses (or acceptable alternatives such as a U.S. passport) to board a domestic flight. International delegates will not be affected, as valid passports are compliant. The U.S. Travel Association encourages all Americans to start planning now.

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