VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES
Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program do not need to apply for visas to attend the Wokshop. You may enter the United States using just your passports and your Workshop Registration Notice. At the port of entry into the U.S, please request to be given a “Visa Waiver for Business” (WB) status. That will allow you to stay in the U.S. for the length of the Conference.
IMPORTANT: Effective January 12, 2009, all Visa Waiver travelers will be required to obtain an authorization via ESTA before traveling to the United States: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.
The Visa Waiver countries are:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
NON-VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES
Citizens of countries not participating in the Visa Waiver Program will need to request a Business (B-1) visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate. Please present at the Consulate your Workshop Registration Notice, along with your valid passport. We urge you to do this EARLY, as there are often delays in this process. Official letters of invitation (without financial commitment) to help overcome administrative difficulties in some countries can be sent upon written request to the conference administrator.
Although Canada is not a Visa Waiver country, Canadian citizens do not need to apply for visas at the U.S. Consulate. Citizens of Canada may enter the country using just their passports, along with their Workshop Registration Notice. Please request at the port of entry status as a Visitor for Business (B-1).
What to Bring
LAPTOP COMPUTERS REQUIRED
Please plan to bring your own laptop to the JGI in order to participate in the Workshop. Details regarding system requirements follow: The standard network setup for the JGI conference will be 802.11b and 802.11g wireless. Wireless network cards of less than 3 years of age will typically be compatible with at least one of these standards. Attendees should have the appropriate higher-level privileges to configure network settings on their systems, if needed. The conference room will also have a small number of 100BASE-TX (fast ethernet) ports available for attendees who–for whatever reason–aren’t able to use our wireless system. Network addresses will be assigned via DHCP, whether through the wired or wireless network.
If you would like to, please plan to bring a poster outlining your recent work or an overview of your lab’s activities. We plan to have a poster session on Monday evening, which will give the JGI crew and the participants the opportunity to learn more about each other’s work.
If rooms are available, the following local hotels may offer the government rate for JGI visitors:
2355 North Main Street
Walnut Creek, California 94596
2730 N. Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
1345 Treat Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94597
(925) 934-2500 or (800) EMBASSY
2250 Contra Costa Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Air Travel and Ground Transportation
The most convenient airports to Walnut Creek are the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). Although the Oakland Airport is closer to Walnut Creek by car, SFO offers an easier and more economical connection to Walnut Creek via the local train system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which stops near several Walnut Creek hotels. Rental cars, shuttles, cabs, etc., are also available at both airports. See the links below for further information:
Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided each day during the workshop, as well as dinner on Monday evening during the poster session.