Just over one in ten of the attendees at SXSW last year were from outside the United States (which means that the international delegation last year was larger than the total attendances at some of the early SXSW Interactives…). We here at The Baby! are expecting similar sorts of numbers this year as well, so we want to remind all of you who are going to be passing through the International Arrivals Hall to check two things?
Do you need a Visa?
Except in exceptional circumstances, anyone performing a showcase is going to need to apply for a visa. You should have details in your invitation from the SXSW team, but don’t delay – if you’ve not started the process, get going now. Residents of some countries will always need a visa to enter the US, so check the Customs and Border Patrol website to be sure.
Do you need to fill in an ESTA?
If you are resident in a country which is part of the Visa Waiver program, and you aren’t under one of the exception categories (such as performers, but there are others), then you can skip the Visa process. That doesn’t mean you can walk straight in without filling in a form – you’ll need to register with the ESTA program before you travel.
Head over to the website to register OR to check your existing ESTA is valid.