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