VIsa info


VISA Information

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VIsa info


VISA Information

Conference participants arriving from countries not on the VISA Waiver Program (see below) will be required to obtain a B1 Visitor VISA before entering the United States. The B1 VISA allows holders to attend scientific conferences.

Applicants for visitor visas should generally apply at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where they live. It is important to apply for a visa well in advance of the travel departure date.

To request an invitation letter for your visa application, please email your name, affiliation and address to WCPP14@gmail.com.

The first step in the VISA application process it to complete the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form DS-160 that can be found at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/.  After you have submitted Form DS-160, print the confirmation page and bring it to your interview. You can learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review embassy-specific instructions, and much more by visiting the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will be applying at https://www.usembassy.gov.

The list of countries designated on the VISA Waiver Program (VWP) and eligibility requirements can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/visit/visa-waiver-program.html

In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta  for more information.

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How to get to the Asilomar Conference Center

How to get here


How to get to the Asilomar Conference Center

There are three airports that service the Asilomar Center. Visitors are encouraged to check the costs to fly into each as they service different airlines.

The likely option for many international visitors will be the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) about 180 km from the conference center. This is the largest airport, has the most flights, and services most international airlines.

Alternatively, the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is about 130 km from the conference center. This is a smaller airport but does have several international carriers. This might be the appropriate choice for either flights of international or national origins.

The third airport is the Monterey Regional Airport (MRY). This is a small airport about 13 km from the conference center. There are limited flights to MRY but is the closest airport if your airline flies there.

There are two good choices for transport from the SFO and SJC airports to the Asilomar Center.  The first is the Monterey Airbus Shuttle. This shared ride minibus leaving about every 90 minutes.

Book your shuttle reservation at Montereyairbus.com. Enter the airport you are arriving to, the date, time and dropoff location. The Dropoff location “Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove is under the Hotel link on their site. The round trip cost for the Monterey Airbus is $120 from the San Francisco Airport and $100 from the San Jose Airport.

The second option for those that want to tour the area either before or after the conference is to rent a car at the airport. This might be the more cost effective approach if you are coming to the conference with multiple colleagues.