International Attendees

The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery around the world to promote the highest quality of patient care in all countries. We look forward to welcoming you to our 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego.

The AANS Collaboration with FLANC and AASNS

The Federación Latinoaméricana de Sociedades de Neurocirugía (FLANC) and the Asian Australasian Society of Neurological Surgeons (AASNS) have accepted the invitation to serve as the collaborating societies for the 2019 meeting in San Diego. This collaboration presents some of the most renowned neurosurgeons of Latin American, Asia and Australasia as presenters in the scientific program.

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

International Symposium

Join AANS leaders and various international neurosurgical organizations speaking at this year's International Symposium.

In addition to connecting with colleagues from around the world, attendees can also meet the 2019 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 around the globe.

International Reception

Meet with AANS leadership, international organized neurosurgery leaders and special dignitaries during the 2019 AANS International Reception.

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

AANS Exhibit Hall and Learning Center

This year, more than 200 companies will exhibit 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.

Invitation and Visa Information

Visitors/Non-immigrants — Traveling to San Diego

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 United States. Visas are granted by the U.S. Department of State and may require a visit to your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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 2019 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 2019 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, click here.

General Information

2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting Dates

April 13-17, 2019

Meeting Location

San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101


The official language of the 2019 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 San Diego. 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 San Diego.

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 San Diego may take strict securities measures and may require identification to gain admittance. It is recommended that you carry your passport on you during the 2019 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting to avoid any inconvenience.