Foreign travelers coming to the United States to conduct temporary business—for example, business meetings and consultations, attending conventions and conferences, or negotiating contracts—need a nonimmigrant visitor visa unless they qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Program.
The U.S. Government’s Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet all requirements.
Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program and which countries participate. Note: Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.
Foreign Citizens Requiring a U.S. Visa
If your country of citizenship does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program and you require a visitor visa to enter the United States, you are encouraged to check current requirements and apply early. U.S. regulations now require security checks for most visitor visas, resulting in a process that may take three months or more to complete. Please visit the U.S. State Department's website to learn more about the type of visa you will require and the visa application process.
Letters of Invitation
Foreign travelers wishing to participate in GlassBuild America 2020 can generate personalized letters of invitation. For questions regarding Letters of Invitation, please contact Kathy Swaak, Projects Administrator, or call 703/442-4890 ext. 183.
McCarran Airport is a short drive (one mile) from the Las Vegas Strip, 3.5 miles from the Las Vegas Convention Center and 5 miles from Downtown Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Airport is ranked among the 12 busiest airports in the world.
The Las Vegas Monorail stops at seven points on the Las Vegas Strip: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate, and Sahara Las Vegas. It is a great option for anyone attending GlassBuild America at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A single ride is $5; a day pass is $13; multi-day passes are also available ranging in price from $23-$56. If you’re a Nevada local, you can buy a single ride for $1.
The Deuce is the name of Las Vegas’ form of public transportation that’s operated by the Regional Transportation Committee. It is the most cost effective way to get to your hotel from the airport. The Deuce does not stop at the airport, however, so you’ll have to take the Route 109 bus to the South Strip Transfer Station to get on The Deuce. Access to Route 109 is located in Terminal 1.
While the bus runs throughout town, there are two routes you can specifically take for the Strip and Downtown. These are Deuce on the Strip, which will stop at about every property on the Strip, and SDX Strip & Downtown Express, which stops at about half the stops as the other route. A two-hour pass is $6; a 24-hour pass is $8; and a three-day pass is $20. You can buy your ticket on the bus.
Taxis are the main form of transportation used throughout Vegas. There is an abundance of them all over the city and, most likely, always a few waiting within a taxi line at a hotel during all hours of the day and night.
Cost: Varies depending on traffic and time of year. Additionally, taxis requested at the airport have an additional fee included.
Recommendation: Taxis are great to use when you want to go from property to property, to and from the airport, or if you’re just trying to get back to your house after a night at the club. There are plenty of them throughout town so you never have to worry about there not being enough drivers at a late hour.
What you need to know: Unlike other cities, you cannot hail a taxi on the street in Las Vegas. Taxis are required to pick up a fair at a physical address, such as a hotel taxi line. Hotel have specific areas for taxi pick-up, usually near the valet or main entrance. If you have any concerns with a taxi driver, you can call the Nevada Taxicab Authority at 702-668-4005 to report any issues.
About: Ride-sharing, most commonly associated with Uber & Lyft are prevalent as a means of transportation in Las Vegas, providing another option for visitors to get around the destination. Ride-sharing companies provide transportation through their apps in the driver’s personal vehicle. Trip to Strip is new on-demand service that accommodates up to 11 passengers in a premium van and services the Strip, Las Vegas Convention Center and Terminal 1 at McCarran International Airport.
Recommendation: Ride-sharing options are always a great choice and can be convenient when traveling to or from the resort corridor to outlying destinations.
What you need to know: Ride-sharing companies may implement surge pricing during times of high demand, like when major events or activities are taking place in the destination. Hotels have designated areas where ride-sharing companies can pick up guest, so make sure you know where the pick-up area is. There is no surge pricing for Trip to Strip and customer pickup locations include RTC bus stops and designated RTC paratransit stops. Trip to Strip drivers will make every attempt to pick up customers near their location and get customers as close as possible to their final destination, but customers may be required to walk a short distance after being dropped off.