Review our visa information when planning your travel to OTC. You can automatically generate an invitation letter to assist with your visa application. Please allow additional time upon arrival in Houston for any necessary passport control procedures.
OTC is a proud participant of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program (IBP). Through the US Commercial Service’s network of offices in US Embassies and Consulates worldwide, the IBP recruits pre-screened foreign buyer delegations and brings them to selected trade shows, connecting US companies with international buyers.
Commercial Service trade specialists located in your local Embassy or Consulate can assist you with show registration, help you locate the products you are looking to purchase at the show, and assist in setting up meetings with you and US businesses. Traveling to the show with an official International Buyer Program delegation allows you to take advantage of the following benefits:
Complimentary Show Registration (exhibition access)
Access to the International Lounge
Pre-arranged Business to Business matchmaking meetings
Contact your local Embassy or Consulate to join an International Buyer Program delegation to OTC.
International trade specialists will be in the Center for International Trade to provide services such as export counseling, matchmaking services, and market analysis. Stop by the room to learn about the many buyer delegations and pick up a free copy of the Export Resource Guide containing the Basic Guide to Exporting, Trade Finance Guide, Oil and Gas sector market research reports, and more.
Registration is required for these programs. For more information about these programs and to register, please click here.
Center for International Trade Schedule
Reliant Arena, Level 2, Room 2
Monday, 5 May 0800–1730
Tuesday, 6 May 0830–1730
Wednesday, 7 May 0830–1730
Thursday, 8 May 0830–1400
The International Lounge offers international visitors a place to meet and relax during OTC. Multilingual members of the National Oil Equipment Manufacturers and Delegates Society (NOMADS) and the members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Section Auxiliary are available to provide assistance with information regarding Houston-area shopping, restaurants, museums, theatres, and emergency medical appointments.
International Lounge Schedule
Reliant Center, Level 2, Room 700
Monday, 5 May 0800–1730
Tuesday, 6 May 0800–1730
Wednesday, 7 May 0800–1730
Thursday, 8 May 0800–1400