International attendee information

Traveler tips

Visa application guidelines and procedures 
Information about United States visa requirements and procedures can be found on the website of the U.S. Department of State.

In February, San Diego, California has an average high of 70°F (21°C) and average low of 50°F (10°C). Get the San Diego, California 10-day weather forecast.

It is customary to tip bartenders, waiters, and cab drivers between 15 to 20 percent. Hotel staff also expect to receive tips. Bellhops can be tipped $1 per bag, while doormen and valet car servicemen should receive $1 to $2. You may provide a tip for maid service (housekeeping) at your hotel by leaving $1 to $3 either on the bed or the table next to the bed.

Business casual is appropriate for the meeting.  Some meeting rooms might feel cold, so a sweater or light jacket might be helpful. Comfortable shoes are recommended as there are long walking distances within the convention center.

In case of emergency, dial 911 from any phone.

Exchange rate
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency in U.S. dollars.

Time zone
The United States has four time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. San Diego, California is located in the Pacific time zone.    

The United States uses 110-120 volts AC (60 cycles).

U.S. country code: +1
San Diego, California's area code: (619) 
U.S. telephone numbers have seven digits, plus area code listed above (e.g., 555-1234)

  • To make a local San Diego, California call, dial the seven-digit number
  • To call within the USA, but outside the 619/San Diego area code, dial 1 + area code + seven-digit number
  • To call internationally from San Diego, California, dial "011" + country code + area code + number

Most hotels offer complimentary high-speed internet connections in the lobby of their hotel. There is variation in cost (free to per diem charge) with regard to high-speed internet that is offered in sleeping rooms. Your hotel will display the rate.


When booking your hotel, don’t forget about some important changes to the meeting schedule. See important date changes below.

Global Education Day
Thursday, February 15 - Select international societies will be holding independent sessions. Learn more
Educational Sessions
Educational sessions will end at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20.
Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall will be open Friday, February 16 and Saturday, February 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, February 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

AAD official housing

The official list of AAD hotels can be found here. Hotel reservations must be made in conjunction with registration for the meeting.

AAD official international group housing
For detailed information and qualifications, go to Groups.

Other housing - hostels/motels
The AAD does not offer hostels/motels within the official housing block, however there are options for this in San Diego, California.  Reservations for these arrangements must be made on your own. To access a site for this listing, go to Hostels-San Diego.

*The AAD is not responsible for any housing arrangements made outside the AAD official housing block


San Diego International Airport
3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
(3.5 miles to San Diego Convention Center)

(All rates subject to change depending on traffic)

  • Taxi fare from San Diego International Airport to the San Diego Convention Center is approximately $25.00 USD.

At the meeting

Meeting location
San Diego Convention Center
111 W Harbor Dr,
San Diego, CA 92101

The official language of the Annual Meeting is English.

Global Networking Center
AAD Connection - Hall A
In the Connection, meeting attendees will find the AAD Resource Center, E-Poster Exhibits and Presentations, and the AAD Networking Center. The Networking Center is equipped with computer terminals for messaging other meeting attendees, and accessing email, comfortable seating for relaxing between sessions, and recharge counters with built–in electrical outlets to stayed charged throughout the day. Conveniently located in Hall A, adjacent to the Technical Exhibits and Food Court, the AAD Connection is a premier destination for AAD information, education, networking, and collaboration with colleagues.

Letter of invitation
You will need to first complete your registration. Upon completion of your registration, the online registration system will automatically generate your letter of invitation for printing. You will receive your letter via email to the address provided during registration. Letters of invitation for Guest registrants will only be provided if the accompanying individual has completed his or her meeting registration. Due to security concerns, letters will only be issued to registrants who have completed registration by February 7, 2018, at 12 p.m. noon (CT).

Videotaping/photography in educational sessions 
Use of cameras, camera phones, video cameras is prohibited in all educational sessions. Violations of this policy will result in removal from the session and confiscation of equipment. Directors and room monitors will be closely monitoring adherence to this policy.