Welcome International Attendees

Travel and Visa Information

  • U.S. entry requirements
  • Get an invitation letter
  • Resources and Links of Interest

U.S. entry requirements

Now is the time to start planning your visit to the National Restaurant Association Show. Please be aware of possible COVID-19 requirements that may be in place for the May 21-24, 2022 show. For current information on the requirements for entry to the United States, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. In addition, a visa may be required.

Although we have no influence or role in the approval or denial of visas, we want to help make the process as easy as possible. Be advised, current visa services and operations vary by country. Check your local U.S. Embassy and Consulate’s website for information regarding operating status and which visa services it is currently offering.

If you’re a citizen of one of the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program, you may travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Get an invitation letter

Acquiring an invitation letter from the National Restaurant Association Show is a good idea. The invitation letter will be presented to the consular officer during the visa interview as a supporting document. The National Restaurant Association Show cannot help you with the interview process, nor can any of its representatives call the embassy or consulate to provide support for obtaining a visa.

In case of a visitor visa to the United States that is denied, you may reapply if there is new evidence to discard the basis of the refusal. In the absence of new evidence, consular officials are not required to reexamine such cases.

The invitation letter for the 2022 Show is now available when you register for the Show.

Attend the 2022 Show

Whether you’re hungry for fresh takes on staffing issues or hot new equipment, you’ll find what feeds you — and keeps guests coming through your door — here.

Exclusive Benefits for International Delegations

To help you make the most of your trip to Chicago, the National Restaurant Association Show offers assistance to international guests before and during the Show. International groups receive benefits, discounts, and other incentives when they attend the National Restaurant Association Show 2022 through the International Delegation Program. There are three types of delegations—you can attend as part of a U.S. Commercial Service delegation, with NASDA or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or by creating your own delegation. Benefits range from free hotel rooms to complimentary passes and exclusive VIP seating at select events at the Show.

  • TEPP
  • Create your own

U.S. Commercial Service Delegations

The National Restaurant Association Show is a proud participant of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Trade Event Partnership Program (TEPP). Through the Department of Commerce’s network of U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) offices in U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide, USCS trade specialists recruit pre-screened foreign buyers delegations and brings them to selected trade shows in the United States, connecting them with U.S. companies. USCS trade specialists can assist you with show registration, help you locate the products you are looking to purchase at the show, and assist in setting up meetings with U.S. exhibitors at the Show. Traveling to the show with an official USCS delegation allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Complimentary Show Registration (Exhibit Hall)
  • Access to the new International Trade Center
  • Invitation to the International Reception

Contact Anjia Nicolaidis at anjia@mdg.agency to learn more about the USCS delegation program and connect with a delegation organizer in your country.

U.S. Commercial Service

NASDA & USDA/FAS Delegations

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), together with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS), has sponsored the American Food Fair pavilion at the National Restaurant Association Show for more than 20 years, where you can find 100% real U.S. made products such as ingredients, meats, seasonings, beverage mixes, bakery products and bourbon, in the American Food Fair Pavilion.

For more information about attending with a NASDA delegation or featured U.S. food companies, please contact your country’s NASDA contact. You can find a complete list of contacts here.

Bring your own delegation

Bring a group of 5+ or 15+ people and you and your group can be eligible to receive exclusive benefits, ranging from a complimentary hotel stay, complimentary registration and reserved tickets to special events.

Creating your own delegation is easy!

Onsite Interpretation

Onsite interpreting services will be available during the Show. Reservations for interpretating services will be available in early 2022.


For any questions or information about the Show, delegations or promotional opportunities, for more information, contact Anjia Nicolaidis at anjia@mdg.agency

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