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30 April–3 May 2018     ///     NRG Park     ///     Houston, Texas, USA

International Attendees

Allow sufficient time to apply for and obtain your visa

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 information will assist you in obtaining a visa.


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. Offshore Technology Conference 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.


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).

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.

If approved, the authorization is good for two years and can be renewed. Travelers no longer have to fill out an I-94W form before each trip.

Notice: Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of or who have traveled on or after 1 March 2011 to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. These individuals will still be able to apply for a visa using the regular immigration process. Learn more about this new change and to determine if you are affected.

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.

Global Entry

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.

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.


Dep of CommerceOTC is a proud participant of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP).

Through the US Commercial Service’s network of offices in US Embassies and Consulates worldwide, the IBP recruits pre-screened foreign buyer delegations and brings them to selected trade shows, connecting US companies with international buyers.

Commercial Service trade specialists located in your local Embassy or Consulate can assist you with show registration, help you locate the products you are looking to purchase at the show, and setting up meetings with you and US businesses.


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For details, please visit the IBP home page or download the International Buyer Program Flyer:

IBP Flyer (English)
IBP Flyer (Spanish)
IBP Flyer (Portuguese) 
IBP Flyer (Chinese) 
IBP Flyer (Russian)


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 OTC 2018. 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 Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Congo,* Egypt, Ghana, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Norway, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates 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 (SBA), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (ExIm), Industry and Analysis (I&A) and United States Agency for International Development - Power Africa (USAID Power Africa) will be available for meetings.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Time: 20-minute meetings scheduled from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: NRG ARENA, Second Level, Room 3 
Cost: Complimentary to registered OTC exhibitors and attendees
To register for this free program, click: HERE  

**Open to US-based companies with US-made products or services with at least 51% US content**


Visit the Center for International Trade (CIT) in the NRG Arena, Second Level, Room 2, for more information on our on-site programs, international buying delegations attending OTC 2018, and to receive on-site export counseling! 

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