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International Visitors

For international participants of the show, this section features your Letter of Invitation, VISA application form and links to locate your U.S. Embassy or Consulate.


The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo is proud to be a world class tradeshow and welcomes its international visitors.  If you are an international visitor to the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, be reminded that the United States government has instituted new, tighter visa requirements for non-immigrant applicants.  This may lengthen the amount of time it takes to process your visa application.  As a result, get an early jump on your visa application process by obtaining all the necessary documentation.

Whether you are an attendee or exhibitor at the 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, you must do several things in advance to prepare for your trip.

What You'll Need To Know

During the online registration process you will have the opportunity to request a Visa Invitation Letter. You must register to attend the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo in order to receive an official visa invitation letter.

The turnaround time for most VISA applications is 30 days, but in some cases may take considerably longer. It is recommended to apply for your VISA two to three months before your scheduled trip in order to avoid delays in processing. You may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for current wait times. 

Appropriate documentation, such as an Invitation Letter, can help demonstrate the purpose of your trip is to attend and/or exhibit at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo and that you intend to return home. 

  • International visitors may access the Letter of Invitation through the registration system once they have completed the registration for the show.
  • Only International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo attendees and exhibitors qualify for the Letter of Invitation
  • At the end of the registration process, go to the MyEvent dashboard and click on the Visa Invitation Letter.  Your information will pre-populate the fields and you will be able to download the Letter of Invitation
  • You may print your personalized letter and attach a copy of your 2017 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo registration confirmation to use in your visa interview as supporting documentation from the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo and/or Informa Exhibitions U.S. Construction and Real Estate.
  • Emailed copies may be accepted but it is recommended that you review your U.S. Embassy or Consulate's website for specific requirements.

If you require a VISA Letter prior to our registration system opening or if you need assistance please contact us directly at (972) 536-6350 or Help@PoolSpaPatio.com and we will be happy to process your request.
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 travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.
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 travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html.
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo extends a special welcome to those of you who are traveling to Orlando from outside of the United States. We are looking forward to meeting you! 

Industry professionals from more than 50 countries around the world will be joining us for this year's event. Plus, exhibitors from more than 30 countries will be showcasing the latest innovations. It's truly a global view of the backyard world!

Event Basics


Language

Sessions at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo are conducted in English.

Venue
Our 2017 event will be held at the Orlando, FL.

Weather
Prior to traveling to Orlando for the Expo, you may wish to check the Orlando10-day weather forecast.

Exchange Rate
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.

Tipping
Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for services you receive.

Etiquette
Become familiar with American etiquette for private, public, and business interactions.

Time
Orlando is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Electricity
Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adapters that may be required are: 
Two flat blades or two flat blades with a round grounding pin

plugs

Telephone
  • U.S. country code: +1
  • Orlando area code: (407)
  • U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven digit phone number (e.g., 407.555.1234)
  • To make a call, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number
  • To call internationally from Orlando, dial "011" + country code + area code + number

Internet

Most hotels offer high-speed Internet connections and Internet caf├ęs are plentiful.

Emergencies
Dial 911 from any phone.

Business Hours
Standard business hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Attire
Attire at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended. Also, you may wish to wear comfortable shoes, as walking distances within the Orlando, FL can be long.

Orlando City Highlights
Orlando is a city rich in culture and cuisine that welcomes visitors from around the world. Spend some time before or after the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo exploring this exciting destination city. Consult the Convention & Visitors Bureau for ideas and resources.

If you have specific questions in the meantime, please contact us.

All travelers transiting the U.S. are subject to the U.S. customs/immigration laws. Visitors traveling to the U.S. are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in the U.S. Click for more information about passports and documents required for foreign travelers.
 

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