Travel and visas


Travel

The San Francisco Bay Area is easily accessible by Air from around the world. The Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel is conveniently located near a BART (regional rail) station.

By air
There are two airports in San Francisco 'Oakland International Airport (OAK)' and 'San Francisco International Airport (SFO)'. Participants can also travel to San Jose Airport (SJC), located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) offers nonstop flights to more than 31 international destinations on 30 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport connects nonstop with more than 76 cities in the U.S. on 15 domestic airlines. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, cultural exhibitions, ground transportation and more, visit flysfo.com.

From either SFO or OAK, participants are advised to travel to the hotel using the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) as it is the easiest way to get around the Bay. The closest stations are North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley (Richmond line).

For those travelling through Oakland International Airport, use the Fremont-Richmond trains.
From San Francisco International Airport, use the Milbrae train and change at MacArthur station.

By Car

http://www.doubletreeberkeleymarina.com/map-directions/

Note the access road from I-880 to Berkeley Marina is short, only about 0.5 miles - but fairly rough.

Parking
Complimentary parking is available at the hotel.

Visas

A visa is required by anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not exempt from the visa requirement.

Please note: Travellers born in the United States and  who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart on U.S. passports.

Visa Waiver Program
Citizens of the following countries; Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom may be eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if traveling for business, pleasure or are in transit, and they meet all of the requirements.

Citizens of the following countries; the Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia the Republic of Korea and from November 1, 2012, Taiwan*, may be eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program if they are traveling for business, pleasure or are in transit, and are in possession of an electronic passport (e-passport) and they meet all of the requirements.

* The passport must have been issued on or after December 29, 2008 and contain a National ID number

For further information, visit http://esta.usaevisitors.com/visa-waiver-program/ or contact your embassy in your home country.

Non-immigrant visa

If you are not eligible to travel under the visa waiver program, you need to apply for a Nonimmigrant visa. This is required by anyone seeking temporary admission to the United States. Nonimmigrant visas cover visits for tourism, business, work or study.

To apply for a nonimmigrant visa, you are generally required to schedule an appointment for an interview with a U.S. consular officer. The Embassy does not usually accept walk-in applications. For further information, please contact the embassy in your home country or visit their website.

Visa letter
If you require a visa letter from the organisers to attend MMM 2014, please e-mail claire.garland@iop.org.

Please include the following information in your e-mail message:

  • Full name (including title)
  • E-mail address
  • Company / University
  • Full postal address
  • Contact telephone number
  • Registration booking reference (if applicable)
  • Any specific details which must be stipulated in the letter (if applicable)

Key dates

  • Early registration deadline:
    August 15, 2014