The International Plant and Animal Genome conference welcomes visitors from over 60 countries each year. Below are resources we have compiled to help make your travel and meeting experience as convenient as possible.
Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are now subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Applying for a visa can be a lengthy process. We recommend that you start early and do not wait for your abstract acceptance. You should begin the application process four (4) to five (5) months before PAG, in September or October. We cannot stress enough, how important it is to start this process early.
Requirements vary by passport-issuing country and citizenship (not just residency). Please remember that the visa decision is made by the U.S. Embassy (consular/visa section) in the country in which the person wishing to travel to the PAG meeting, is traveling FROM. (i.e., is currently working). For example, a citizen of India working in a lab in the United Kingdom needs to go to the U.S. Embassy in London. For the most current requirements and those specific to your situation, please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy or the U.S. Department of State Visa Services Information. Please see links at the right for more information.
The Organizing Committee is offering assistance should you need a Letter of Invitation to facilitate the visa application process, or obtain authorization for your attendance of the conference. Please note that you are required to pre-register for the PAG meeting before we can send your letter. Please request a Letter of Invitation at least four (4) months prior to the meeting — six (6) months is preferred. A link to the form will be available on this site as we get closer to the meeting.
Some, but not all visa applicants must have an interview. Attendees from some countries, such as Mexico, must schedule an interview with their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
It is advised that you provide the following information at your interview:
Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview.
Should you need assistance with your Air Transportation travel plans we would like to recommend Rinis Travel, the official travel agent for the PAG meeting. Please ask for Babette or Mike.
9517 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(9:30am - 5:00pm EST/Mon-Fri )
Fax: (301) 587-3418
2018 - PAG-XXVI - January 13-17, 2018
2019 - PAG-XXVII - January 12-16, 2019
All will be held in San Diego, CA