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 October 1, 2020, deadline.

Travel Advisory: Coronavirus—Get the Facts

U.S. Travel Association is in frequent contact with federal government and public health authorities as well as officials at several U.S. airports regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As you plan for IPW 2020 in Las Vegas, U.S. Travel offers resources to help you stay aware of the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. Neither organization currently advises restricted travel to countries other than mainland China.  

While the immediate risk of this virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, all travelers are encouraged to exercise healthy habits to prevent germs from spreading:

•    Wash hands often
•    Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
•    Stay up to date on vaccinations
•    Avoid contact with people who are already sick

See more on U.S. Travel’s website.

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 program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers upon arrival in the United States. Citizens of Argentina, India, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan and Mexico are eligible to participate in the Global Entry program. McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has Global Entry kiosks.

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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 October 1, 2020)

While REAL ID does not go into effect until after IPW 2020, the U.S. Travel Association encourages all Americans to start planning now. On October 1, 2020, 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.

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