Invitation and Visa Information
Visitors/Non-immigrants — Traveling to New Orleans
For the most up-to-date information and step-by-step guide, click here. Many citizens from other countries are required to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. Visas are granted by the U.S. Department of State and may require a visit to your local U.S. Embassy.
Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. It is recommended that you apply early for your visa (at least six to nine months prior to the meeting).
International Travel Information
International travelers to the U.S. from countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must apply for entry online as part of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). The program does not apply to travelers entering by land from Canada or Mexico. The authorization is valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Click here to apply for entry.
Note: A visa does not guarantee entry into the U.S.; that decision rests with the immigration official at the port of entry.
Letter of Invitation
Individuals who require an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa and authorization to attend the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting must first register for the meeting and request a visa letter of invitation. The letter will require you to provide your full name, address and email to process the electronic official letter of invitation. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the meeting are the sole responsibility of the attendee.
Note: The AANS cannot guarantee that you or your colleagues will receive a visa. The decision to grant visas is at the sole discretion of the U.S. Department of State. The AANS cannot change the decision of the local U.S. embassy or consulate should your application be denied.
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires all citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted document that establishes the bearer's identity and nationality to enter or depart the U.S. from within the Western Hemisphere. For more information, please click here.
AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Dates
April 28-May 2, 2018
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130
The official language of the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting is English. All abstracts and presentations will be in English. No simultaneous translation will be available.
Currency exchanges are available in New Orleans. Most banks, as well as travel centers, exchange currency. It is best to have U.S. currency or traveler's checks. ATMs are readily available throughout New Orleans.
Credit Cards/Travelers Checks
Most businesses accept major credit cards and U.S. dollar traveler's checks. There are a limited number of places that only accept cash. Have the proper identification with you before cashing traveler's checks.
Some venues around New Orleans may take strict securities measures and may require identification to gain admittance. It is recommended that you carry your passport on you during the 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting to avoid any inconvenience.
AANS Exhibit Hall and Learning Center
This year, more than 200 companies will showcase their products and services, several of them newly released, many tried and true and all valuable to the life of a neurosurgical practice. Complimentary beverage breaks and three lunches for medical attendees will be available.