NEW: Read more about non-stop flights between Europe and New Orleans.

IMPORTANT: Please read in advance of your arrival in New Orleans regarding information about embassies, travel, and passports. Never been to New Orleans, Louisiana? Learn more about how to enjoy your time in the Crescent City.

Also, make sure to read how AGU continues to enforce a safe and respectful meeting environment for all.


U.S. Government Entry Requirement for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Countries
Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States. For more information, visit the VWP program website.

It is strongly recommended that international participants apply for visas at least 3 months prior to Fall Meeting. Note: Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews; therefore, applicants should first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. Additional information on business visas can be found at the DOS Business Visa Center website and at the IVO website.

Also, if you are experiencing significant visa delays, please complete the visa survey, and a representative will provide feedback.

The U.S. Department of State maintains a comprehensive website containing information about traveling to the United States.

The National Academies website has additional information about visa-related issues and travel information for U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens.

Letters of Invitation

Please note that if you are submitting an abstract for presentation, a letter of invitation will be distributed via email to your attention. If you are not submitting an abstract and will be a registered scientist attending the meeting, please contact us to request a letter. Please note that we cannot provide letters of invitation to spouses, children, or others who will be accompanying you on the trip but not attending Fall Meeting as registered attendees.

Plan Your Stay

New Orleans neighborhoods are where the culture and creativity of the Crescent City come to life. From the historic French Quarter to the elegant Garden District to the music-filled Marigny- there is great food, music and more to be found all across the city.


New Orleans has a subtropical climate with pleasant year-round temperatures. Temperatures range from the mid 40s in winter to the upper 90s in the summer. Rainfall is common in New Orleans, with a monthly average of about five inches of precipitation. Expect temperatures in December to be between 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Travel Discounts

Details about discounts via the local transportation system, Amtrak, and United Airlines will be posted in late summer.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Fall Meeting events will take place throughout the center, which is located at 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130. The world famous attractions of the French Quarter lay just steps away from the convention center, while the historic St. Charles streetcar line runs past the elegant homes of the Garden District.