Visas

The U.S. Department of State issues visas to foreign nationals traveling to the United States through its embassies or consulates. However, you do not need a visa for your business meeting or for vacation if you are a citizen of any of the 38 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program. Please carefully review the requirements found on the website and allow sufficient time for your application to be processed. 

Countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program

AndorraFranceLiechtensteinSingapore
AustraliaGermanyLithuaniaSlovakia
AustriaGreeceLuxembourgSlovenia
BelgiumHungaryMaltaSpain
BruneiIcelandMonacoSweden
ChileIrelandNetherlandsSwitzerland
Czech RepublicItalyNew ZealandTaiwan
DenmarkJapanNorwayUnited Kingdom
EstoniaRepublic of KoreaPortugal 
FinlandLatviaSan Marino 

For more information about applying to a visa, please click here.

Invitation Letters

We are more than happy to send you an invitation letter. Invitations letters are only sent after you have registered and we have received your payment for the conference.

General Information

TIME ZONE

California is in the US Pacific Time Zone (PST / PDT): 
– GMT-8 during Standard Time 
– GMT-7 during Daylight Saving Time

LANGUAGE

English. Many other languages are represented throughout San Francisco with over 112 languages spoken.  Other commonly spoken languages in the Bay Area is Filipino, Spanish, and Chinese, but the primary language is English.

CURRENCY

The currency of the United States is the US Dollar ($USD).

PAYMENT METHODS

The most common means of payment is credit cards and cash.  Most stores accept Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, and American Express.  Some establishments are cash only. Withdrawing money from an ATM is the cheapest way to exchange your money.

SMOKING

Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in offices, hotels, public buildings, restaurants and bars. Some restaurants and most bars have a special smoking area.

OPENING HOURS

Most attractions are open daily throughout the year. Banks are open from Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (some on Saturdays). Restaurant hours vary depending on their specialty. Shops set their own opening hours, but in general most will be open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.