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Visa Waiver Program for International Travelers

International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to enhanced security requirements. All eligible travelers who wish to travel under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization. Go to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Web Site at ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, though it is recommended travelers apply when they begin preparing travel plans. In addition, please be aware that certain travel documents must contain a “biometric identifier” in order to gain entry into the United States.

All visa applicants are advised to apply for their visa as soon as travel to the United States is contemplated, and not later than 4 months in advance of the conference. Please note: Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews, so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. For additional visa information, contact the U.S. embassy and consulates in your country.

Visa applicants who submit abstracts should not delay the application for their visa as all abstracts that relate to the subject of the meeting will be accepted at a minimum for poster presentation. Submitters of abstracts for oral consideration will be notified in March as to whether the abstract is accepted as an oral or a poster presentation.

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For those who require a visa, please note that the conference organizers and committee have no control over the visa application process, nor the decision of the visa adjudicator in the embassy or consulate. The conference cannot be responsible for actual visa issuances. As the process length varies for individuals, you are strongly advised to start your application as soon as you can. Should your application be denied, we cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), nor will we engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant. 


To follow the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The World Health Organization website also provides current information.