Travel & Transportation

Airline Travel

Portland International Airport (PDX) is located approximately 9 miles east of downtown Portland on the Columbia River.  The airport website,, has detailed information on airlines, nonstop flights, international arrivals, ground transportation, and travel tips. 


Currency Exchange and ATM Services at Portland Airport

Currency exchange services are available just before gate D-6.  There are also banking and ATM services located at the airport in the following locations:

  • South Service Center, located near A/B/C security check point
  • North Service Center: located near D/E security check point
  • Additional Service Centers: located near Gate A-2, C-4, C-14 and D-7


Passport and Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to visit the United States. Depending on where your passport was issued and your travel plans, it may be necessary to obtain a visa prior to entering the United States. Please refer to the following websites for further visa information:   

In addition, a “transit visa” may be required if you are making an airline connection before entering the United States. It is your responsibility to contact the embassies or consulates of any countries you will be connecting through to determine if a transit visa or inoculations are required for that country. 

NOTE: Visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Therefore, it is important to apply very early. The U.S. State Department cautions that some applications may take more than two months to process.

Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables residents from 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Click here for a list of participating countries and more information on the VWP.