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The San Diego Convention Center will host the 64th ASHG Annual Meeting. The convention center is located at 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Telephone: (619) 525-5000.


About San Diego


San Diego is one of the most vibrant and beautiful convention cities. From the time you arrive at the airport and take the five-minute drive into downtown, you will find everything you need within walking distance. Fine dining, shopping, arts and cultural attractions, beaches, and ample sunshine await you.


Learn more about San Diego by visiting their customized ASHG Micro website. Looking to travel beyond city limits? Click here for a travel distance map and potential cities.


October Weather in San Diego: 71°F average high; 300 sunny days per year!


Currency: U.S. dollar, credit cards, and travelers checks are widely accepted. Click here for a currency converter.


Taxes: Sales Tax=8.0%; Accommodations Tax=12.5%. The accommodation tax includes hotel transient tax of 10.5% and city hotel district assessment tax of 2.0%.


Time Zone: U.S. Pacific/West Coast Time is 8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-8:00)


Tipping Guidelines:

Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Driver: $1-2 per person, $5 per party
Valet/Parking Attendant: $1-5 when car is delivered
Bellstaff/Porters: $1-5 per bag
Doorstaff: $1-2 for getting a taxi. If they unload your luggage, tip in proportion to amount and weight
Housekeeping: $1-5 per night, and tip should be left daily in the morning
Delivery of Special Items: $2 for one item, $5 for more. Tipping is not expected for fixing something broken or bringing something that is missing
Room Service: 15-20% should be added if hotel did not include a room service charge on the bill
Bartender: 15-20% of tab
Server in Restaurant: 15% of total bill or 20% for exceptional service





The San Diego International Airport is located only 10 minutes from downtown San Diego. It is serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines and receives more than 16 million passengers a year. Learn more about airlines, flights, and airport services by visiting the website at or call (619) 400-2404.



Ground Transportation and Parking


San Diego offers many modes of economical and earth-friendly public transportation.


Taxis: Taxi service is available from San Diego International Airport. Current fares are approximately $25-$35 each way. The following is a list of some of the taxi associations in San Diego:

San Diego Airport Taxi Service: (619) 757-8666

Yellow Cab: (619) 444-4444

Orange Cab: (619) 223-5555

American Cab Company: (619) 234-111

Silver Cab: (619) 280-555


San Diego Trolley: The San Diego Trolley provides convenient service from the San Diego Convention Center to various points downtown and to Old Town and Mission Valley. Visit for more information and fare prices.


Bus Service: Click here for bus service details in the downtown San Diego area.


Trains: The Amtrak station (Santa Fe Depot) is located in downtown San Diego. The station also offers access to the Coaster and the San Diego Trolley. Stretching from downtown San Diego to Oceanside, the Coaster is a convenient way to enjoy the California coastline. For Amtrak service, visit or call (800) USA-RAIL. For the North County Coaster information, call (800) COASTER or visit


Water Taxi: San Diego water taxi offers service in San Diego Bay between Harbor Island, Shelter Island and Downtown, and Coronado.


Pedicabs and Carriages: Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are available along downtown's waterfront and the Gaslamp Quarter.


Parking: The San Diego Convention Center provides on-site private vehicle parking located below the building. The daily rate is $10 and can range up to $20 per day if there is a special event. Payment is due upon entry and there are no in and out privileges. Overnight or RV parking is NOT permitted.



Visa and Passports


Click here for passport information and announcements.


Requests for Letters of Invitation
Customized Letters of Invitation can only be issued to confirmed registrants, defined as those who have paid the meeting registration fees. After you have registered, within your confirmation you will find a webpage link that automatically generates your customized letter of invitation. For security purposes, letters of invitation cannot be sent if you have not registered for the ASHG 2014 Annual Meeting. If you have questions, please email them to:


International Visitors
Visitors traveling to the U.S. must present a valid passport. It is suggested (and in some cases may be required) that your passport have at least six months left before it expires from the date that you will be traveling abroad. Before entering the U.S., all foreign visitors are responsible for ensuring that they have the required documents necessary, whether they are traveling through to another country or returning to their country of origin.


Procedures for International Visitors
Visitors traveling to the United States from all foreign countries (including the visa waiver countries) are required to register their personal details online at least three (3) days in advance of travel. Individuals traveling on valid visas are not required to apply. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States. It collects the same information as the paper I-94W form you usually complete en route to the U.S. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. An ESTA authorization generally will be valid for up to two years. DHS recommends that travelers submit an ESTA application as soon as they begin travel plans. Unsure if you need to apply? Click here for frequently asked questions.


ASHG 2014 Meeting attendees are encouraged to apply for visas as early as possible. Registration refunds will not be issued for denied visas. As part of security procedures, applications for visas are sent to the U.S. State Department for a security review. For further information, visit the State Department Web site. Note: ASHG advises scientists traveling to the U.S. to apply for a visa as early as possible    at least six months before the visa is needed. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply for a visa.


Important points to keep in mind to assist you with the visa application process:


  • Start Early: Register for ASHG 2014 as soon as possible so that your customized letter of invitation can be generated.
  • Apply for your visa four (4) to six (6) months in advance of traveling. You should provide your entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of visa application.
  • If completion of travel plans is contingent upon early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.
  • Provide proof of scientific status (for example, proof that you submitted an abstract for the meeting). Do not wait until you receive notification that your abstract submission has been accepted before applying for a visa. It is very rare that ASHG denies an abstract. If your abstract followed the rules and guidelines, it will be accepted and programmed.
  • Bring your English-language resume or CV with a list of published articles and research topics to the U.S. consulate/embassy interview.
  • Provide evidence that you are intending to return to your country of residence. This includes such information as:
    • family ties in current country of residence
    • property ownership
    • bank account
    • an employment contract or statement from an employer showing that your position will continue after the dates of the meeting
  • Requirements vary by passport-issuing country and citizenship (not merely residency). Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact their local consulate to determine what the wait times are for visa interviews. Click here for the current list of visa interview and processing wait times by country.


Visa Problems
For applications that have not received approval at least two weeks prior to the start date of the Annual Meeting, you should complete the Visa online questionnaire. Eligibility requirements are listed before you begin. Please note that individuals who have applied for dependent visas (such as F2 and J2) should not complete this questionnaire.


Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Some foreign meeting participants may not need visas if they are citizens of any of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program. ALL citizens of the Visa Waiver Program are required to have Machine-Readable Passports (MRP) in order to travel to the United States without a visa. Without an MRP, you will be required to apply for a visa. All foreign visitors (including Visa Waiver Program travelers) will be fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S. Click here for more information about the VWP.


U.S. Visa Policy Resources – Please click here for more information.  



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