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Welcome to the City of Sacramento! For over 28 years, Sacramento, the capital of California, has been a leader in accelerating EV adoption and deployment, installing charging infrastructure and conducting outreach, education and awareness. As the world shifts to the use of zero emission technology and vehicles, we share your commitment to furthering electronic transportation and we are excited to be the host city for the 36th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition in June of 2023.
Capital of California, Over 20 Years of EV leadership
For over 28 years, Sacramento, the capitol of California, has been a leader in the deployment of EVs. With the establishment in 1994 of the City’s EV Parking Program, Sacramento has been working actively to provide public EV charging at City facilities, aggressively incorporate low-emission vehicles and zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) into fleet operations, and support EVs in the community.
SACRAMENTO’S EV HISTORY
Sacramento is continuing to accelerate EV adoption and foster EV infrastructure and awareness through the “Sac-to-Zero” program funded by Volkswagen Subsidiary “Electrify America”. The “Sac to Zero” plan catalyzed a transformational shift in mobility to zero-emission technologies by installing charging infrastructure, conducting outreach and education, and implementing programs designed to increase access to and use of ZEVs. New programs and services include two new car sharing services, new ZEV bus and shuttle routes, and state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging systems throughout the region.
State of the Art,
SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
The SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, located in downtown Sacramento is within walking distance to hotels, dining, and entertainment venues. The convention center is certified LEED Silver, provides “farm to fork” locally grown catering and follows all state and local sustainability and clean energy laws.
- LEED SILVER CERTIFIED
- LOCAL “FARM TO FORK” CATERING
- CENTRALLY LOCATED DOWNTOWN
- WALKING DISTANCE TO HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
- 10 MILES FROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Getting to EVS36
Sacramento International Airport
Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is located 10 miles from center city and is serviced by all major US carriers. Travel to San Francisco, Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe are all within a 2-hour drive.
Sacramento Badge Pass
The Sacramento Badge Pass is an exclusive collection of curated attractions, retailers, and restaurants who offer deals and discounts to redeem to Visit Sacramento’s convention, meeting, and sports events attendees. It’s a small little way that local businesses welcome visitors to Sacramento, and also serves to encourage them to explore our city while they’re here.
You are able to view the merchants and their discounts and offers. In order to utilize the discounts and offers, you will need to do one of the following:
- Show the digital Badge Pass on their mobile device at the time of redemption
- Show their convention badge at the time of redemption
A visa support letter can be provided for authors and registered attendees upon request.
The United States has updated its visa policy for increased security. As a result, it now takes longer to obtain a visa. Advance planning by travelers is essential to avoid frustration and disappointment.
- Review your visa status to find out if you need a U.S. visa or a visa renewal.
- Plan to submit your visa application well in advance of your intended departure date.
- Contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for current time estimates and recommendations.
- Visit the embassy or consular section website to find valuable information on how to schedule an interview appointment, finger scanning – if required – and pay fees. An interview is required as a standard part of processing for most visa applicants.
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 38 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days (about 3 months) or less without obtaining a visa. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa if they prefer to do so. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on VWP, and therefore, some travelers from VWP countries are not eligible to use the program. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel, are screened at the port of entry into the United States and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.
For more information, refer to the U.S. Government website.
A passport with a validity date of at least six months beyond the applicant’s intended period of stay in the U.S. is required. If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must make a separate application. Please check with the website, https://www.cbp.gov, to confirm that your passport is compliant. Temporary Passports will likely merit special scrutiny. To avoid complications, check with your local US consular offices, well ahead of your intended departure dates.
Update: Beginning May 12, 2023, DHS will no longer require non-U.S. travellers entering the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request. More information is available here from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As of September 10, 2022, in accordance with current CDC guidelines, international travellers to the US must attest they have been adequately vaccinated against COVID before boarding a flight to the U.S.
Visit the CDC website for more information.
Before you leave home, we encourage all attending to:
- Review your airline’s travel requirements while booking your flights.
- Get up to date with your COVID vaccines and booster shots.
- Test regularly as the most effective way to detect COVID and isolate if you are infected.
Your health and safety are important to us. We continue to monitor COVID and other health developments across the globe and will follow health safety guidelines from the WHO and CDC, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws.
This information will be updated as needed.
This information is provided in good faith, but travel regulations do change. For up-to-date information, the only authoritative source is the U.S. Government website.