Visiting the U.S. in 2019
A foreign national traveling to the United States for tourism needs a visitor visa (B-2) unless qualifying for entry under the Visa Waiver Program. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda generally do not need visas for tourism.
Here is a list of countries eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. In other words, if you are a citizen of the U.S., Canada, or one of the following countries, you do not require a Visa. However, travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom**
Based on information from the U.S. State Department, if you require a Visa to visit the U.S., please make sure you've submitted the application by July 7th, 2019. This is 60 days before the start of the conference.
The U.S. State Department's goal is visa delivery no more than 30 days from the time of application in most cases, although cases that require administrative processing could take longer. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of application. Here is a link to our visa Law and Policy.
Here is the URL for electronic Visa application.
If you plan on attending State of the Map US and are not a resident of the U.S., please make sure you know your rights. As far as we understand, anyone is subject to potential screening and questioning upon entry into the U.S., no matter what country you are traveling from or where your citizenship is from.
This page tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated.
REMEMBER: It is illegal for law enforcement officers to perform any stops, searches, detentions, or removals based solely on your religion, race, national origin, gender, ethnicity, or political beliefs. However, law enforcement officers at the airport and at the border generally have the authority to search all bags and to ask you questions about your citizenship and travel itinerary.