TRAVELING TO THE US
Under the current Visa Waiver Program (VWP), it is no longer necessary to obtain a VISA to travel to the US from certain countries (please confirm your origin). However, all individuals traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to obtain a travel authorization before initiating travel.
Detailed information on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) can be reviewed here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/WebHelp/ESTA_Screen-Level_Online_Help_1.htm
Please note that the following applies to all VWP travelers:
Approved ESTA applications are valid for a period of two years, or until the passport expires, whichever comes first, and multiple trips to the United States without the traveler having to re-apply for another ESTA. The ESTA travel information may be updated before each trip to the U.S., but it is not required. When traveling to the U.S. with the approved ESTA, you may only stay for up to 90 days at a time – and there should be a reasonable amount of time between visits so that the CBP Officer does not think you are trying to live there. There is no set requirement for how long you must wait between visits.
If your ESTA expires while in the U.S., it will not affect your departure.
Citizens and eligible nationals of current VWP member countries who would like information on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) may visit http://www.cbp.gov and/or http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html.
Effective January 12, 2009, all individuals traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to obtain a travel authorization before initiating travel. The United States Government charges a flat fee of $14 for applying and obtaining a travel authorization through the ESTA web site without additional charges for obtaining information.
VWP travelers should be aware that unauthorized third-parties have established web sites which charge visitors seeking to travel to the United States under the VWP, for information about ESTA, and for submitting ESTA applications to DHS on behalf of the traveler. These businesses and web sites are not endorsed or associated with the United States Government.
Travel under the Visa Waiver Program is restricted to travelers possessing passports with specified security features. Visa Waiver Program requirements are:
- The passport must have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page.
- The passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner.
- As of April 1, 2016, all travelers must have an e-passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport, denoted by the symbol , is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport issuing authority and must meet international standards for securing and storing information corresponding to the passport and bearer.
More information can be found on http://CBP.gov
ACCOMMODATIONS IN LOS ANGELES
You have a variety of hotel options in the Hollywood area.
Please review your options at http://www.hotels.com
Narrow your search by entering the Egyptian Theatre’s address:
6712 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
For basic/budget amenities within convenient walking distance of the Egyptian Theatre, we recommend:
1738 N. Whitley Avenue
Hollywood, California 90028
Reservation by phone: +1-323-464-6006
Reservation by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
$119.99 USD per night + tax
Please Note: Motel6 is a NON-Smoking Facility
VALUE OPTION FOR GROUPS OF 2 or MORE
Consider options at http://AirBnB.com (Target Location: Hollywood Blvd./Highland)
TELEPHONE CALLS WHILE IN THE US
If you wish to use your international cell phone, we highly suggest you download and utilize VIBER, SKYPE or other applications which will enable you to make FREE calls when free Wi-Fi internet is available.
Pre-paid local cell phones are also available for purchase.
TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT
Reservations by Phone: +1-310-782-6600
Reservations Online: http://www.supershuttle.com
Approximately $18 USD per person, each way to/from LAX airport
*Discount if booked online.
AIRPORT TAXI SERVICE
If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to your hotel, simply exit the airport and ask to be directed to the nearest taxi stand.
The fare will vary (depending on traffic situations), but should cost approximately $50-70 USD each way.
TRANSPORTATION WHILE IN LOS ANGELES
Depending on the location of your hotel, or if you are planning other activities outside of the local area during your stay, you may wish to consider renting a car as public transportation in Los Angeles is not always convenient and/or available to all destinations.
If you intend to rent a car, please visit www.onetravel.com for a list of agencies providing vehicles for convenient pick-up at Los Angeles International Airport.
Airport Code: LAX
Many agencies offer optional GPS system rental which we highly suggest you consider as it will greatly help you navigate your way during your stay!
TAXI, BUS, METRO
While in town, we encourage you to refer to the hospitality page on the LAGFF website: www.lagff.org for venue maps, road closures, and other event details that will help you navigate the area surrounding the theater with as little frustration as possible.