Important Dates

International Attendees

The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery around the world in order to promote the highest quality of patient care in all countries. We look forward to welcoming you to our 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

The AANS Collaboration With EANS and CAANS

The 2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting features a collaboration with the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS) and the Continental Association of African Neurosurgical Societies (CAANS). This collaboration highlights some of the most renowned neurosurgeons of Europe and Africa as presenters in the scientific program.

Members of EANS and CAANS who choose to attend the meeting may register at the AANS member rate.

International Symposium

Join leaders from the AANS and various international neurosurgical organizations speaking in this year's International Symposium. In addition to connecting with colleagues from around the world, attendees may also meet the 2018 International Lifetime Recognition Award recipient. This prestigious award honors a neurosurgeon for a lifetime of invaluable contributions to neurosurgery in his or her native country and to neurosurgery globally.

International Reception

Meet with AANS leadership, international organized neurosurgery leaders and special dignitaries during the 2018 AANS International Reception.

The International Reception brings together AANS leaders, representatives from international neurosurgical organizations worldwide and international society officers for an evening of conversation among colleagues. All international attendees are welcomed to attend and enjoy at no cost but need to register. U.S. and Canadian attendees must purchase a ticket to the event upon registering for the meeting.

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.

General Information

AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Dates

April 28-May 2, 2018

Meeting Location

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.