All visitors to the United States require a passport and an entry visa. All visitors should contact the United States consulate nearest to their place of residence well in advance of the contemplated departure date for the United States. It should be noted that, under normal circumstances, the United States immigration authorities require at least 25 working days to process visa requests.
There are no special immunization requirements for entry into the United States. However, we urge delegates to check their own requirements with the health officials at the United States consulate nearest them.
All articles brought into the United States, including gifts for other persons, must be declared to United States Customs at the time you enter.
Personal Exemptions: The following articles may be brought in free of duty if for personal use; personal effects: one liter of alcoholic beverages; 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 3 pounds of smoking tobacco, or proportionate amounts of each.
Gift Exemption: In addition to the above exemptions, articles up to US$100 in total value for use as bona fide gifts to other persons may be brought in free of duty and tax if this gift exemption has not been claimed in the past 6 months. Up to 100 cigars may be included in this exemption.
Special Requirements: Some items must meet certain requirements or may be prohibited entry, including:
- fruits, plants and vegetables and their products;
- meats, poultry and products thereof;
- firearms and ammunition;
- hazardous articles (e.g., fireworks, toxic or poisonous substances);
- narcotics and drugs: if you require medicine containing habit-forming drugs, you should have a prescription from your physician stating that the medicine is necessary for your physical well-being.