International attendee information

Traveler tips

Visa application guidelines and procedures 
Information about United States Visa Requirements and Procedures can be found on the website of the U.S. Department of State.

In March, San Francisco has an average high of 62°F (16°C) and average low of 49°F (9°C). Get the San Francisco 10-day weather forecast.

It is customary to tip bartenders, waiters, and cab drivers between 15% to 20%. Hotel staff also expect to receive tips. Bellhops can be tipped $1 per bag, while doormen and valet parkers should receive $1 to $2. You may provide a tip for maid service (housekeeping) at your hotel by leaving $1 to $2 either on the bed or the table next to the bed.

Business casual is appropriate for the meeting.  Some meeting rooms might feel cold, so a sweater or light jacket might be helpful. Comfortable shoes are recommended as there are long walking distances within the convention center.

In case of emergency, dial 911 from any phone.

Exchange rate
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency in U.S. dollars

Time zone
The United States has four time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. San Francisco is located in the Pacific Time Zone.  

The United States uses 110-120 volts AC (60 cycles).

U.S. country code: +1
San Francisco area code: (415)
U.S. telephone numbers have seven digits, plus area code listed above (e.g., 555-1234)

  • To make a local San Francisco call, dial the seven-digit number.
  • To call within the USA, but outside the 415/San Francisco area code, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number.
  • To call internationally from San Francisco, dial "011" + country code + area code + number.
Most hotels offer complimentary high-speed internet connections in the lobby of their hotel. There is variation in cost (free to per diem charge) with regard to high-speed internet that is offered in sleeping rooms.  Your hotel will display the rate.


AAD official housing
The official list of AAD hotels can be found here. Hotel reservations must be made in conjunction with registration for the meeting.

AAD official international group housing
For detailed information and qualifications, go to: International Group Housing

Other housing - hostels/motels
The AAD does not offer hostels/motels within the official housing block, however there are options for this in San Francisco.  Reservations for these arrangements must be made on your own. To access a site for this listing, go to: Hostels-San Francisco 
*The AAD is not responsible for any housing arrangements made outside the AAD official housing block


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco, CA 94128
(13 miles to Moscone Center)

Oakland International Airport (OAK)
1 Oakland Dr. Oakland, CA 94621
(20 miles to Moscone Center)


(All rates subject to change depending on traffic)

  • Taxi fare from San Francisco International Airport to Moscone Center is approximately $40 USD.

  • Taxi fare from Oakland International Airport to Moscone Center is approximately $55 USD.

At the meeting

Meeting location
Moscone Center 
747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103 

Headquarter hotel
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
*No scientific sessions will be held at headquarter hotel

The official language of the Annual Meeting is English.

Global networking center
The Global Networking Center is a specific area in the Convention Center where international meeting attendees have the opportunity to relax and network with colleagues from around the world.  Electrical outlets are available for laptops, cell phone chargers and other devices.

Letter of invitation
You will need to first complete your registration.  Upon completion of your registration, the online registration system will automatically generate your letter of invitation for printing. You will receive your letter via email to the address provided during registration. 
Letters of invitation for spouse/guest registrants only will be provided if the accompanying individual has completed his or her meeting registration.  Due to security concerns, letters only will be issued to registrants who have completed registration by March 11, 2015 at 12 p.m. (CT) 

Videotaping/photography in educational sessions 
Use of cameras, camera phones, video cameras is prohibited in all educational sessions. Violations of this policy will result in removal from the session and confiscation of equipment. Directors and room monitors will be closely monitoring adherence to this policy.   


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