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International Travel

Coming to TCT from outside the United States? This page is for you! TCT welcomes physicians and other health care professionals from around the globe. Please familiarize yourself with U.S. entry requirements that apply to you.

International Travel Support

Effective January 1, 2018, the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice, AdvaMed, and APACMed prohibit medical device companies (MDCs) from providing direct financial sponsorship for registration, housing, travel, and meals to healthcare professionals (HCPs) to attend medical education conferences or training programs such as TCT.

However, MDCs may give restricted educational grants to certain organizations to provide financial support to non-U.S.-based HCPs to attend TCT and similar medical education events. For the complete MedTech rules, click here.

  • Healthcare organizations: MDCs are permitted to provide educational grants to hospitals. The hospital administrator is responsible for allocating grants to eligible HCPs. Check with your cath lab director or hospital administrator for more information.
  • National society: MDCs are permitted to provide educational grants to national societies. Each society will be responsible for allocating grants to eligible HCPs. We encourage you to check with your society for more information.
  • Trusted third-party organization: A few MedTech-compliant, trusted third-party organizations have been approved to seek educational grants from MDCs to provide financial support to eligible HCPs to attend medical meetings such as TCT. A few are listed below for your reference. For a complete list, click here.

Contact for both should be

MedTech Trusted Third-Party




THT Europe


Karolina Bednarz

THT Europe

The Heart Team


Eva Butler

[email protected]



Alexandra Le Crouérour

[email protected]

Important: These third parties are not affiliated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), the official sponsor of TCT.


International travelers to United States must comply with COVID-19 testing and quarantine requirements for entry, as mandated by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please note that currently, there are restrictions on the entry of certain travelers to the United States as part of the effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please refer to the most current information on U.S. entry restrictions mandated by the U.S. State Department and the CDC.

Applications for visas and exemptions from entry restrictions have taken as long as 90 days to process due to COVID-19 staffing issues. You must contact your local consulate AS SOON AS POSSIBLE about the application process for entry into the United States if you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Additionally, please check with your airline for its boarding and/or entry requirements.

Need documentation for travel to United States? Need other assistance?

Contact [email protected]


CRF will gladly send you a letter of invitation to attend TCT 2021. We send letters only upon request, to registered participants whose payment has been verified. To request an invitation letter, please contact [email protected].

Please note, a letter of invitation:

  • Does not signify CRF financial support or commitment.
  • Does not guarantee acceptance of an abstract or other submitted science.
  • Does not guarantee that you will secure an entry visa.


If your passport is expired or due to expire soon, please be sure to renew it before your trip. Visitors to the United States are typically required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay.


If you need an entry visa, please visit your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain the necessary documents — and please plan in advance to allow enough time for the visa to be processed. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for information on the visa application process.

The following information is for initial reference only. Please visit the US Department of State website and other official U.S. government websites (listed below) for the most current and accurate information for planning your travel to the United States.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Most citizens or nationals of the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are permitted to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. Please check the relevant requirements with the U.S. State Department or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that you check your ESTA status prior to making any travel reservations or traveling to the United States.

Exceptions To Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Some citizens of VWP countries must apply for a visa to enter the United States using the regular appointment process at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This requirement falls under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 and pertains to:

  • Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011.
  • Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

Learn more about these exceptions to the VWP and find out how to apply for a U.S. visa.

Visa Information Resources

How to apply for a visa – U.S. Department of State
Visa Waiver Program (VWP) — U.S. Department of State
Visa Waiver Program requirements – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
ESTA — U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act — Frequently Asked Questions — U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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