If you’re visiting from afar, let us help you plan your travel, stay and transportation. Experience wonder. And a truly unforgettable experience. In San Antonio, your next international getaway.
San Antonio’s 300-year history began in May 1718 with the founding of the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio and Mission San Antonio de Valero (now the Alamo), whose inhabitants helped lay the foundation for the eclectic art, diverse culture and stunning innovations that have become signatures of life in San Antonio. The following centuries saw the tiny collective grow to become the seventh-largest city in the United States and a major contributor to the advancement of Texas arts, tourism, cuisine and technology. Today, San Antonio is a city that revels in performances, parties and its ever-colorful character. We hope you’ll join us for the dynamic events and special exhibitions of our year-long Tricentennial celebration and help pay tribute to our past as we look excitedly toward our future.
This historic city offers a mix of old and new and is a melting pot for many different cultures and traditions, from Spanish to German to Western. You’ll find Folklorico dancing and Spanish festivals, two-stepping dance halls, traditional German cuisine, authentic Tex-Mex and live music of all kinds. San Antonio is also home to landmarks like the Alamo, the River Walk, Tower of the Americas and San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest active cathedral in the nation, and the city’s 300-year-old Spanish colonial missions now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re looking for outdoor fun, San Antonio offers theme parks, 50 golf courses, a completely walkable downtown and the nearby Hill Country with its notable wineries and rolling hills. With hundreds of local attractions, San Antonio is the perfect place for an unforgettable adventure.
International Travel Tips
Know before you go! Browse our travel tips below to plan ahead and make sure your next visit to San Antonio is smooth from take-off to landing.
Visa & Passport Information
Plan ahead and make sure to visit the Department of Homeland Security Web site for information on travel resources, entry requirements, international driver’s licenses, travel warnings, and more.
Downtown Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Looking to connect? San Antonio has plenty of hot spots. Free resources include:
FAQs / Maps/ Transportation
To learn more about San Antonio, visit the following pages to help plan your next international getaway:
Arriving from an International Flight
As an arriving passenger at the San Antonio International Airport, you’ll need to show international documentation, such as a passport, and declare any items of value. Be prepared and learn more at www.dhs.gov.
Meeting Arriving International Passengers
Passengers from international flights arrive at Terminal A. The best place to meet arriving international passengers is at Baggage Claim, lower level Terminal A.
For your convenience, the San Antonio International Airport has a currency exchange station at Marcy’s Business Travel Center in the Terminal A ticket lobby see below for details. Additionally, the city offers visitors several other currency exchange locations, including, but not limited to:
Marcy’s Business Travel Center
Location: Terminal A, Lobby
Hours: 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Frost Bank Downtown
Texas Currency Exchange
Shopping & Texas Tax Back
The sales tax in San Antonio is .08%, and international travelers receive refunds on this tax! To receive your refund, you must purchase the merchandise in San Antonio within 30 days of departure from the U.S.A. and present it for rebate at tax back locations around the city. Locations include:
North Star Mall
Second Level in front of Forever 21, or
Third Level of Macy’s Department Store
The Shops at La Cantera
Just outside Dillard’s Department Store
San Marcos Premium Outlets
Located between Bose and Dooney & Bourke