Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States of America. It is located between Virginia and Maryland on the north bank of the Potomac River. Over half a million people call Washington D.C. home, and the city attracts over 20 million visitors annually. It was founded in 1790, after the American Revolution resulted in independence from Great Britain, and established by the Constitution to serve as the nation’s capital. It is thus most notably home of the American federal government. Congress, the Supreme Court, and the White House are also some of the major tourist attractions of D.C, alongside the Library of Congress, the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museum, the National Gallery of Art and the National Academy of Science.


IMPORTANT: We strongly advise you to give yourself plenty of time for your visa application to the United States.

It is important to determine if you require a visa to enter the United States and plan ahead as the process can be lengthy. The information below will assist you with this application. However, please also contact your local US embassy to ensure you have the proper documentation.

Applying for a Visa

Delegates are responsible for ensuring they are aware of their own visa requirements depending on their passport type. To find out what visa you require to enter the USA, please see:

Visa Waiver Program

You may be eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. For more information on what countries are eligible to apply via this program please visit: