Visa and Travel

Seattle skyline at night
Seattle Skyline

VISAS and TRAVEL questions

Do I need a Visa to visit Seattle?
Depending on your country of origin, you may be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). To check if you need a Visa or how to enter under the Visa Waiver Program, click here.

I know I need a Visa, but what do I need to do next?
To travel to the United States and Seattle, you need to apply for a Visa by preparing the necessary evidence to demonstrate your eligibility. These documents should be submitted as part of your Visa application. Please refer to the official U.S. Visa guide to find out which documents you need to provide and the associated Visa fees. If you need a letter of invitation for a conference or event in Seattle, we can issue one for you after you’ve registered and paid your registration fees. Please contact us via email to request a letter of invitation.

When can I apply for a Visa, and how long does it take to receive a decision?
It is advisable to check the Visa processing times in advance to ensure that you submit your application on time.

I need a letter of invitation for the event in Seattle.
If you require a letter of invitation to support your Visa application for an event in Seattle, please let us know. We can provide one for you once you have completed your registration and paid your registration fees. Please email us to request a letter of invitation.

What goods can I bring to Seattle?
You can bring most everyday items with you when you visit Seattle. The regulations for bringing items may vary depending on whether you are traveling from within or outside the United States. For more information, you can refer to the U.S. Government’s guidelines on importing goods.

Can I bring medicine?
Yes, you can bring your personal medications with you. If you are carrying medicines for your personal use, you typically do not need to declare them to U.S. Customs. However, it’s a good idea to have a letter from your doctor confirming your need for the medication in case any issues arise in Seattle or abroad. Always carry medicines in appropriately labeled containers as provided by the pharmacist. There may be restrictions on the quantity of medications you can bring into the country, so it’s advisable to seek advice from U.S. Customs and Border Protection before your travel.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Seattle?
No, you do not require any vaccinations to visit Seattle.