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International Attendees

Every year, foodservice professionals from over 100 countries come to Chicago to experience the largest annual foodservice trade show in the United States — and the world. Find information specially tailored to our international guests, including brochures in multiple languages, information about obtaining a visa and much more.

International Brochures

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Russian









Obtaining a Visa

  • Overview
  • Visa Waiver Program
  • Application Process
  • Obtain Letter of Invitation
  • Resources and Links


Applying for a United States visa can be a lengthy process, and while we have no influence or role in the approval or denial of visas, we want to help make the process as quick and hassle-free as possible.

We recommend beginning the application process three to four months prior to travel to maximize your chances of gaining admittance into the U.S. to attend the show.

Visa Waiver Program

The United States has a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows eligible citizens of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for a period of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. An approved ESTA is required to enter the United States and is generally valid for two years, or until the passport expires, and allows multiple entries into the U.S. VWP travelers are screened at the port of entry into the United States, and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security's US-VISIT program.

Detailed information about admissions and entry to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program can be found on the DHS Customs Border Protection website at Visa Waiver Program and Admission to the United States.

Application Process

When applying for a visa to enter the United States, it is highly recommended that travelers apply early to allow enough time for the screening processes at their local U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Consular Services suggests travelers begin the visa application process at least three to four months prior to the date of travel; however, it is also recommended that travelers contact the Consular Services of their local Embassy to fin out how long the wait is for an interview.

Obtain a Letter of Invitation

Acquiring a letter of invitation from the National Restaurant Association is a good idea. The letter of invitation should be presented to the Consular Officer during the visa interview as a supporting document. The National Restaurant Association cannot assist you with the interview process, nor can anyone representing the national Association call the embassy or consulate on your behalf to provide support granting a visa.

If you are denied a U.S. visitor visa, you may reapply if there is new evidence to overcome the basis for the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officers are not required to re-examine such cases.

Follow these simple steps to obtain a Letter of Invitation from the National Restaurant Association.

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Resources and Links

Want to find more information on traveling to the United States? Use any of the links below to search for more information on the process of obtaining a visa.

Please note: The National Restaurant Association does not officially endorse these sites and cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

Regional Travel Partners

Partner Details

Get help planning your international trip with our regional travel partners.

iEvento Promoções e Turismo
R Dr Renato Paes de Barros 696 cj 24
Sao Paulo 04530-000, Brazil
Telephone: +5511 3071-2277
Contact: Jairo Klapp

ESA Voyages
8 Rue de Malabry
92350 Le Plessis Robinson
Telephone: + 33 1 41 28 13 01
Fax: + 33 1 46 32 66 21
Contact: Yves Grandjean

Fairtime! Touristik GmbH
Bodenseestr. 6
D-82194 Gröbenzell, Germany
Telephone: +49 8142 4186123
Fax: +49 8142 4186633
Contact: Rosina Winkler

Lagraff Reisen
In den Mittelweiden 2a
Urmitz-Rhein 56220, Germany
Telephone: +49 2630 96370
Fax: +49 2630 963717
Contact: Klaus Menges

Advalue Travel Limited
Flat C, Room 03, 4/F, On Shing Ind Bldg
2-16 Wo Liu Hang Road
Fo Tan, N T Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 2866 9783
Fax : +852 2866 9797
Contact: Benny MOK

Form Travel Ltd
10 Hollybrook Road
Dublin 3, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 833 5000
Fax: +353 (1) 833 5655
Contact: Fergus Roche

Forum Travel and Events Ltd./ Expotour
POB 50438, Tel Aviv 61500,
Telephone: +972 3 510-2150
Fax: +972 3 510-2151
Contact: Orly Glassman

Texas 33
Col. Napoles 03180 Mexico City,
Telephone: +52-55 56 82 72 42
Fax: +52-55 56 82 74 60
Contact: Rafael Fernandez

Business World Travel
Level 5, 187 Broadway
P.O. Box 99-088
Auckland, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 9 529 3700
Fax: +64 9 529 2855
Contact: Grant Bevin

Exposé Viagens & Turismo Lda.
Urbanização do Mercado Novo Loja 19
Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-650, Portugal
Telephone: +351 289 501 835
Fax: +351 289 502 260
Contact: Teresa Cordeiro

Go 2 Holiday & M.I.C.E Co., Ltd.
10 Soi Ladplakao 24, Kaset-Navamin Road
Jorakebua, Ladprao
Bangkok 10230, Thailand
Telephone: +66-2-949 4863-5
Fax: +66-2-949 4863
Contact: Pornpimol Polyeam

Meet Travel
Cayirbasi cad 29 Zafer ap d 3 Sariyer
Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: +90 212 218 18 00
Fax: +90 212 218 18 01
Contact: Levent Oztunc

International Buyer Program

Program Details

The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year to expand business globally.

Traveling to the show with an official International Buyer Program delegation allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Complimentary NRA Show registration

  • Access to the International Trade Center

  • International Reception

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