• Washington D.C. Information

    In addition to being the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. is a bustling city with a population of more than 600,000 people. The area boasts a wide variety of things to see and do, including museums, shopping, restaurants and many historical monuments to capture any interest and fit any budget.

    OTHER WASHINGTON D.C. BASICS

    Language
    English is the most commonly spoken language.

    Currency
    The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and most major banks and airports exchange foreign currency. ATMs are readily available and credit cards and travellers checks are widely accepted. For more information, visit www.xe.com

    Electrical Outlets
    120 volts, 60Hz plugs are the main type found in the United States. Outlets are designed with two flat pins, though three-pin plugs are also widely used. Appliances and electronics without dual-voltage capabilities will require an adapter, which can be purchased in most major airports.

    Weather/Climate
    Washington, D.C. weather in September typically ranges from 60°F to 72°F (16°C to 22°C)

    For more information you can visit the following sites:
    www.dcconvention.com/Visitors.aspx
    www.worldtravels.com

  • Visa Information

    Visa requirements for the United States can be complex and time consuming. We urge all SIFE World Cup attendees to review the following information in a timely manner and take the appropriate steps to secure travel authorization to the United States.

    The countries listed below participate in the Visa Waiver Program. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you are not required to have a visa to travel to the United States; however you must comply with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)requirements.

    Visa Waiver Program Participating Countries:

    • Andorra
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Brunei
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Monaco
    • The Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • San Marino
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • South Korea
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom

    If your country is not listed above, then a visa is required for travel to the United States. We strongly urge you to visit the United States Embassy/Consulate website in your country or contact the embassy/consulate directly to determine your visa needs and requirements. A list of embassy/consulates is available: http://www.usembassy.gov. It is critical that you begin this process immediately as the wait time in many countries has increased due to heightened security.

    If you require a visa to attend SIFE World Cup 2012, please complete the visa information/passport details section on the online event registration and SIFE Worldwide will provide approved attendees with a special invitation letter for visa purposes upon receipt of your passport details.

    If your country is listed above please contact your local US Embassy/Consulate for information on this Visa Waiver Program.

  • Travel Information

    There is a lot to know and take into account when traveling. The following information will help with many of the logistics you’ll need to consider when getting to SIFE World Cup 2012.

    AIRPORTS

    There are three major airports that serve the Washington, D.C., area. They are at different locations and have varying airlines that use their terminals. In addition, each also offers various ground transportation options to your destination in the city. Find a summary of these airports below.

    • Ronald Reagan National Airport

      Distance to convention center – 4 miles/6 km

    • Washington Dulles International Airport

      Distance to convention center – 28 miles/45 km

    • BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

      Distance to convention center – 36 miles/58 km

    We want everyone attending the SIFE World Cup 2012 to easily navigate their way to the event and beyond. To help, we have compiled the following information, including travel time calculators for the Metro, maps and accessible transport options in Washington D.C., designed to fit various needs and budgets.

    TRANSPORTATION

    There are many options for getting around Washington, D.C. from public transportation and city buses to taxi cabs. Check out the following links to explore what will best help you get from Point A to Point B.