Conference Hotel Accommodations
Hilton Union Square San Francisco, CA
BOOK YOUR HOTEL
333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
Phone: (415) 771-1400
Fax: (415) 2027798
Conference Hotel Rates Expire: February 23, 2018
Conference Guest Room Rate: $309, plus tax, per night
To confirm a sleeping room within the conference Room Block, a valid credit card is required during the online reservation process, with a first night’s and last night’s deposit, refundable up to 72 hours in advance of the reservation date. Checks and major credit cards are acceptable to establish prepayment. All credit cards used to prepay the room deposit will be charged immediately.
Participants from outside the United States should allow ample time for issuance of a visa if one is required of visitors from their country. Because of random in-depth security checks, the issuance of new visas can take up to three or even four months, so be sure to apply early.
Visa Waiver Countries
Citizens of countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) do not need to apply for visas to attend the User Meeting, as long as they have a machine-readable passport. (These are tamper-resistant and incorporate biometric identifiers in compliance with guidelines established by the International Civil Aviation Organization). If you are a traveler from a VWP country and you have a machine-readable passport, you may enter the United States using just your passport and your registration confirmation.
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 registration confirmation 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 email request to the meeting administrator, Denise Yadon.
- US Citizenship and Immigration Services
- The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) (formerly the US-VISIT program)
- US State Department Travel site
Both Oakland International and SFO are convenient to the San Francisco downtown area and both have Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations within the airport, which is very convenient for travel into the city. (Local shuttle service to your hotel can be arranged through the hotel.) Rental cars, shuttles, cabs, etc. are also available from both airports. See the links below for further information.
- SFO (San Francisco International Airport)
- OAK (Oakland International Airport)
- BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Registration of the 2018 JGI User Meeting includes the below meals:
- Tuesday/Wednesday: Breakfast, Lunch and PM Break, if Workshops purchased
- Thursday/Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and PM Break
- Wednesday: Reception with Poster Session
- Thursday: Banquet Dinner
Shuttles and Cabs
Shuttles and cabs are available from Oakland and San Francisco airports.
For information about taking BART from local airports, see: http://www.bart.gov/