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AIDS Vaccine 2010

at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center

International Travel Tips

Visa Information
Depending on the country that issued your passport, the country in which you reside, and your travel status, you may need a visa to enter the United States. Please refer to the following websites for document, inoculation requirements, and contact information:

In addition, a "transit visa" may be required if you are making an airline connection before entering the United States. It is your responsibility to contact the embassies or consulates of any countries you will be connecting through to determine if a transit visa or inoculations are required for that country.

Visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. Therefore, it is important to apply very early. The US State Department advises that some applications may take more than two months to process.

Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Click here for the list of participating countries and more information on the VWP.

Vaccinations
There are no required vaccinations for entry into the United States. Click here for a list of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended vaccinations.

What to Pack
September temperatures in Atlanta are fairly moderate, averaging high temperatures of 82°F (27.7°C) and lows of 63°F (17°C). We recommend bringing a sweater, or clothing that is easily layered, as the sessions are held in air-conditioned rooms.

Currency
The U.S. dollar is the official currency of the United States and is normally abbreviated as the dollar sign, $, USD or US$. It is divided into 100 cents. Current exchange rates can be found online at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/.

Electricity
The United States operates 110 volts AC, 60 hertz electricity, which is half of the 220 volts that many other countries use. Dual voltage appliances are recommended.

Time Zone
Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) or GMT -4 hours

Language
English is the official language of the AIDS Vaccine 2010 Conference.

Tipping
Take-out Restaurants: For restaurants that do not provide table service, it is customary to tip 10%.

Restaurants with table service: A 15% to 20% tip is customary in restaurants that provide table service. Restaurants will often include the gratuity, or tip, in large parties of 6 or more. If the tip is included, the bill will include a "gratuity" charge in the breakdown. If a "gratuity" charge is included on your bill, you do not need to leave an additional tip.

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