International Attendees


Dê as boas-vindas!

IFT extends a special welcome to those of you who are traveling from outside of the U.S. to join us in New Orleans. We look forward to seeing you!

To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.

Visa Invitation Letters
During the online registration process you will have the opportunity to request a Visa Invitation Letter. You must register to attend the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in order to receive an official visa invitation letter.

Visa Information
The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the United States. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure. For information on U.S. visa policies and procedures visit

Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of 27 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business without obtaining a visa. VWP travelers must present a machine-readable passport (MRP) at the U.S. post of entry to enter the U.S. without a visa. To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website at

Visiting New Orleans
Learn what to expect in terms of the weather, recommended attire, and more.  

If you have specific questions, please contact us.