As international markets expand, the staff at the International Dairy Foods Association hopes you and your colleagues will come and be part of a growing and important community where you can establish solid relationships with counterparts in other countries and stay up to date on innovations that are emerging around the world. To make your trip go as smooth as possible, please take some time to review this information regarding visas, transportation, insurance, embassies, and delegations. If you need assistance, please contact IDFA and we would be glad to help in any way we can.
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This year we have developed a delegation program for our international guests. Whomever organizes a delegation of 10 or more company officials (excluding spouses) to attend the show, we will give the delegation leader complimentary housing (room and tax only) for four nights and free admission to the show and educational sessions. Contact IDFA at +1-202-737-4332 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about delegations.
If you are unsure on how to find the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Your Country please visit the list of U.S. Embassies at http://usembassy.state.gov to find the U.S. Embassy and Consulate(s) in your country. Download a list of all foreign consulates in Chicago
We want to make sure that the registration and Visa application process will not slow you down. Before you do anything, make sure you secure your Visa! Read more about Visas and traveling to the U.S.
Medical care in the United States can be very expensive. All visitors should carry adequate health insurance valid for the duration of their stay in the United States.
Visitors who wish to rent cars must have a major credit card and a valid driver’s license from their own country. In some cases, an international driver’s license may be required. Contact the car rental company directly for specific information.
Visitors staying in the United States longer than six months must notify the U.S. government of any change in their residential address within ten days or face serious consequences. Address notification should be made directly to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) using their required form.
Federal law requires that all non-U.S. citizens carry evidence of their lawful status with them at all times. This is especially important for all travel, international or domestic. It is advisable to keep copies of all pages of the passport, Visa, I-94 Arrival-Departure card, and supporting documents such as DS-2019 forms, in a safe place in case of loss of the original documents.
If you or your delegation will require translation services or interpreters, they can be secured through the vendor listed here:
Get tips on activities and sights to see, the weather, currency exchanges, and download a visitor’s guide. Visit the “About Chicago” page on this site with information from the Chicago Visitor’s Bureau.
Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a Visa from the U.S. Department of State. Visit travel.state.gov for more information.
If you require a letter of invitation from the International Dairy Foods Association, please submit the following information to email@example.com:
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative now requires that travelers from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Mexico and Canada have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. Read more
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) provides travelers with all they need to know before boarding a plane to or within the U.S.
The U.S. Visit Program manages the collection of biometrics required for all international travelers (with limited exceptions) entering the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency charged with the management, control, and protection of U.S. borders at and between the official ports of entry. The CBP sets restrictions on commercial and personal items that can be brought into the United States. Read more