International Travel

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Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) now offers non-stop service to London Heathrow, Mexico City, and Cancun. Use the SXSW Travel search engine to scour the web for the best fares and itineraries to Austin from your home city.

United Airlines -- a Sponsor of SXSW Interactive 2016 -- has excellent service to Austin from around the country and the world.

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.

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:

Forms and information are available on the visa forms page at

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]:

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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 Transatlantic Air Travel The Tour Company, our recommended travel vendor, offers great Transatlantic airfares from London with add-ons from other cities in the United Kingdom and Europe. See

Contact Louise Fisher by Email or phone +44-141-353-8800

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

Contact Brad Thomas by email or phone +61 2 9280 3767