International Travel

Each year, thousands of people travel to SXSW from outside the United States. We know international travel can be tricky, so we've gathered some information and links for you.

Want more information about Austin? Go to the City of Austin's official website.

VISA Information

Need a visa? Check out the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affair's Visa Page and our VISA FAQ page.

IMPORTANT NEW REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS TO THE UNITED STATES:
Effective March 1st, 2010, individuals applying for a non-immigrant visa* at the U.S. Embassy will be required to submit a new electronic application form, known as the DS-160 Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application.
Information about the DS- 160 Non-Immigrant Visa Electronic Application Form:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_4230.html

Forms and information are available on the visa forms page at http://travel.state.gov/visa/forms/forms_1342.html

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/esta/

US VISA Waiver Program

Travelers historically provided this same information via simple forms on board their flight or at US immigration but it is now required in advance of your travel. Most applications (99.5%) are instantly approved. But the few who are denied must apply for visas (which takes time).

For Visa Support Letters from SXSW please e-mail with the subject line: VISA Support Letter for [Name of Panelist, Film or Band]:

SXSW Interactive- interpanels@sxsw.com

SXSW Music - music@sxsw.com

SXSW Film- film@sxsw.com

Have questions? Contact our International Reps

Flight Information

Several carriers have domestic flights directly into Austin but most International travelers will need to catch a connecting flights from the larger hubs around the US. For flights from the UK, Australia or New Zealand see the below agents who can work to find you the best rates and travel options.

Transatlantic Air Travel Media Travel, our recommended travel vendor, offers great Transatlantic airfares from London with add-ons from other cities in the United Kingdom and Europe. See www.mediatravel.com.

Contact Miss Gill Joseph by email gill@mediatravel.com or phone +44 20-7627-2200

Australia/New Zealand Air Travel
Entertainment Travel Partners is SXSW's preferred air travel provider from Australia and New Zealand. Visit them at www.travelpartners.com.au.

Contact Brad Thomas by email bradt@travelpartners.com.au or phone +61 2 9280 3767