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Travel to the United States

Click here to access a fillable PDF form of the 2016 Annual Meeting Invitation Letter. In this document, you can add your name, mailing address, and affiliation, then print as many copies as needed for visa applications.
Additionally, more detailed letters of invitation
to the AAG Annual Meeting can be requested via e-mail. Please submit your request 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