IMPORTANT: Please read in advance of your arrival in Washington, D.C. regarding information about embassies, travel, and passports. Never been to Washington, D.C.? Learn more about how to enjoy your time in our nation’s capital.
U.S. Government Entry Requirement for Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. For a full list of countries of origin eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP and additional criteria, visit the VWP website.
It is recommended that international participants apply for visas at least 90 days prior to travel for Fall Meeting. Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews. If your embassy has a consulate, you can check with the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview.
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, you may login in and download a letter of invitation. 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
View the schedule at a glance for the meeting. Washington, D.C. has fun activities and attractions for every kind of visitor. During your visit to the nation’s capital, choose from world-class cultural events, a vibrant dining scene, museums packed with history and so much more.
Expect temperatures in Washington, D.C. in December to be between mid 40s/low 30s Fahrenheit or 5 – 10 Celsius.
Details about discounts via the local transportation system, Amtrak, and United Airlines will be posted in late summer.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Fall Meeting 2018 will take place throughout the center, which is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001 in the heart of our nation’s capital.