Important: Give yourself as much time as possible to apply for and obtain your visa. And see below for updates on which Visa Waiver Country nationals must now apply for a visa.
Traveling to the United States (US) involves additional advance planning. Please determine whether you will require a visa to enter the US and plan ahead. The following guidelines will assist you in obtaining a visa:
Official Invitation Letter
- Generate an official OTC electronic invitation letter to assist you in the visa process.
Please note: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to the US. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit OTC to assist you in obtaining a visa. OTC will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can OTC contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.
Applying for a Visa
Review visa wait times and then visit your local US embassy or consular office website where you will apply for your visa. There you can find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees, and any other instructions.
Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, a quick fingerprint scan should be expected. Applicants who need additional screening are informed during the application process.
Prior to your scheduled interview date, you can complete the visa application online.
Visa Waiver Program
For those traveling to the US without a visa from the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, an electronic passport (e-Passport) is required. Learn which countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on or after 1 March 2011 (with limited travel exceptions for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Sudan or Syria.
ESTA is Required
The Department of Homeland Security is now enforcing compliance of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requirement for VWP travelers. A valid ESTA approval is required for all VWP travelers who are entering the United States by air or sea.
Authorization via ESTA does not determine whether a traveler is admissible to the United States. US Customs and Border Protection officers determine admissibility upon travelers’ arrival. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, though it is recommended that travelers apply as soon as they begin preparing travel plans or prior to purchasing airline tickets.
Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Members are encouraged to proceed and use a Global Entry kiosk on their arrival into the US.
All passengers eligible to apply for the US CBP Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network Program are highly encouraged to do so.
US citizens, US lawful permanent residents, and citizens of select countries are eligible for Global Entry membership. Find out which countries are eligible.
Additional Tips for Your Flight and Arrival
- Please check if your departure airport is one of 10 international airports where electronic devices larger than a smartphone will not be allowed as a carry-on item into the US. See which airports are affected. These devices must be placed in a checked bag.
- For visitors arriving to the US via Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), take advantage of our dedicated OTC line in the Immigration Hall. Look for OTC directional signage on-site.
Please note that the aforementioned information is a general guideline for travel to the US. Because travel requirements may change, OTC recommends that attendees contact their local embassy to ensure they have proper documentation.
US Commercial Service International Buyer Program
With export credit insurance, you can obtain financial due diligence on foreign buyers, agents and distributors you meet at the event, and because the insurance covers you against nonpayment by foreign buyers, you can offer credit terms up front and close the deal faster!
If you’d like to meet with our EXIM Representative during Showtime Regional Export Counseling Meetings at OTC 2017, please click here.
Showtime Regional Export Counseling Meetings
Showtime REGIONAL Export Counseling Meetings allows participating companies the opportunity to meet with our U.S. Embassy and Consulate oil and gas industry specialists from the same geographic region at OTC17. Participating companies will receive export counseling from the country(ies) they choose. A regional approach allows for more comprehensive counseling from markets within the same geographic area.
These oil and gas specialists from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, Iceland, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Montenegro, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, UAE and Ukraine will be on-hand to discuss trends and opportunities for your business in their markets. They can help your company to expand its international reach. Additionally, representatives from the United States Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank of the United States and U.S. Commercial Service Industry and Analysis will be available for meetings.
Date: Tuesday, 2 May 2 and Thursday, 4 May
Time: 30-minute meetings scheduled from 0900 to 1700 hours on Tuesday, 2 May and 0900 to 1300 hours on Thursday, 4 May
Location: NRG Arena, Second Level, Room 3.
Cost: Complimentary to registered OTC exhibitors and attendees.
Register: To register for this free program, click here
**Open to US-based companies with US-made products or services with at least 51% U.S. content**