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Travel to the United States

When traveling to the AAG Annual Meeting, the U.S. may require visitors to obtain a visa. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months to complete - please be aware of specific application deadlines and requirements for your home country.

Invitation Letter

The AAG provides a formal invitation letter to help with the visa submission process. Please fill out the form below with your contact information, then print a copy for your records. Alternatively, you can download, complete, and save a digital copy on the computer.

If you have already registered and would like your abstract and/or session title included in your invitation letter, please download this version.
Please direct any additional requests or questions to

Visa Information

Visa requirements often change and vary by country, so be sure to visit the U.S. State Department website for the latest information when planning your trip.
Read more about U.S. Visa Policies and Procedures

If you need a visa, be sure to apply early. We recommend applying three to four months before your date of travel to allow sufficient time to process your application.

Visa Waiver Program

Travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program need a valid ESTA approval. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the VWP.
Learn more about the Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

Additional Information

Additional tips and information about visa requirements are available from The National Academies International Visitors Office.

Developing Regions Membership Program

The AAG has long advocated interacting with and providing support to geographers and other colleagues from developing regions of the world. In this spirit we have established the Developing Regions Membership Program, through which eligible professionals may join the AAG at a deeply discounted rate.
Learn more about the Developing Regions Membership Program

Travel Restriction Legal Assistance Resources

MIRA, the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, has provided a list of resources for any international travelers that may encounter difficulties upon arrival at Boston Logan International Airport. These resources include:

ACLUM, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, also provides legal assistance related to civil liberties violations and issues of unfair treatment by the government.

In addition to recent travel restrictions for international visitors to the United States, limitations have been placed on electronics usage on certain airlines from the Middle East and North Africa. For more information about what personal and electronic property rights you have as a traveler, please visit Border Searches of Your Electronic Devices — What Rights Do You Have?, provided by Foley Hoag LLC, who serve as liaisons to the U.S. Customs and Border Control office at Boston Logan Airport.

For attendees arriving to the United States in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition provides similar resources for legal aid and assistance.