Check your travel documents and passports to ensure that they are up-to-date for AAO 2016 in Chicago.
Letter of Invitation
To assist with your visitor visa application, the Academy provides a letter of invitation to AAO 2016.
Use the online letter generator now.
Many international attendees will require a visitor visa to enter the United States. Apply early; for scientific conferences, visa applications should be made no later than 90 days prior to travel.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business, for 90 days or less, without obtaining a nonimmigrant visa. For a list of participating countries and additional information about the program visit the U.S. Department of State's Visa Waiver Program webpage.
Mexico does not participate in the Visa Waiver Program.
Citizens of Mexico are required to present a visa or a Border Crossing Card, and a valid passport, in order to enter the U.S.
AAO International Group Housing
AAO International Group Housing is the official international group housing provider EXCLUSIVELY serving international medical attendees.
- All-Inclusive housing packages: room, breakfast, porterage, taxes, gratuities, shuttle service to/from convention center.
- Book through the official AAO housing block for the lowest hotel rates.
- Secure payment processing and online room block management.
- Multilingual assistance.
- Four international offices offering live chat and technical support in your time zone.
- Help in facilitating visa processing and CME reporting.
Find more information about International Group Housing services.
Chicago is in the Central Time Zone. In October, the Central Time Zone is -5h UTC/GMT.
The official language of the Academy’s annual meeting is English.
October in Chicago is mild with an average high temperature of 64°F (18°C) and an average low of 46°F (8°C).
Business-conservative or business-casual attire is appropriate for all meeting events. You are welcome to wear traditional clothing from your country. Wear comfortable shoes, as there are long walking distances within the convention center.
Your current accident and medical insurance may not cover travel outside your home country.
The Gateway portfolio of international insurance plans offer combined insurance and services, such as: coverage for accident- and illness-related medical expenses; transportation expenses associated with medical evacuation and repatriation; indemnity in event of accidental death or dismemberment; and worldwide travel and medical assistance services. For short-term travel to the United States, consider either the Gateway USA or Gateway Visit America insurance plans. To learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits, limitations, exclusions and premium rates for these plans as well as the other plans in the Gateway portfolio, visit www.gatewayconnexions.com or contact:
Gateway Plan Administrator
Paragon Office Park
P.O. Box 14468
Des Moines, IA 50306
Tel: 800.282.4495 (toll-free, United States only)
- U.S. country code: +1
- Chicago area code: 312
- U.S. telephone numbers have seven digits (e.g., 555-1234)
- To make a local call within the same area code, just dial the seven-digit number.
- To call outside the 312 area code, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number.
- To call internationally from Chicago dial "011" + country code + area code + number
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. dollars.
Tipping in the United States is customary. A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis and for services you receive.
Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz. Adaptors that may be required are for two flat blades or for two flat blades with a grounding pin.
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||two flat blades with a round grounding pin
International attendees are encouraged to visit the International Lounge during the Academy’s annual meeting. It is an ideal place to learn more about Academy programs, check your email, meet your colleagues or just relax.