Travel

Generally, a participant from an APEC economy who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is not valid in lieu of a visa or as an entry document to the United States. ABTC card holders must travel with the correct visa or, if qualified, under the Visa Waiver Program. There are several steps to apply for a visa:

  • Complete the online visa applications (form DS-160).
  • Schedule an interview. Interviews are generally not required for A-1 or A-2 applications.
  • Pay a non-refundable fee.
  • Gather and prepare the required documents before your visa interview.
  • Attend your visa interview. During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. You will need to establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. More information can be found at your local consulate or embassy website at www.usembassy.gov.

For Government Officials: An A-1 or A-2 visa is appropriate for diplomats or foreign government officials traveling to the United States to engage solely in official duties or activities on behalf of a foreign government. An A-1 or A-2 visa must be obtained prior to entering the United States. You cannot travel using a visitor visa or under the Visa Waiver Program to conduct official activities on behalf of a foreign government. More information is available at:
http://travel.state.gov/content/visas
/english/other/ diplomat-foreign-government-official.html

For Business Travelers:A B-1/B-2 visa is appropriate for non-U.S. citizens who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, if they have received an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel. VWP participant in APEC include Australia, Japan, South Korea, Brunei, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan (with an e-passport and national ID number), and Chile. Citizens of Canada generally do not need visas for tourism and business visits to the United States. More information is available at: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas
/english/visit.html.

If you are required to apply for visas prior to arrival in the United States, we will arrange for a letter of invitation to assist you in securing visas. Please FULLY fill out the attached APPLICANT INFORMATION (Annex C) form in order to receive a letter of invitation. Please email forms to Mr. Daniel Miller (Daniel.Miller@trade.gov) with a copy to Mr. Jeffery Wang (d32088@tier.org.tw).

Hotel Reservations
APEC SME- Room Reservations Link: http://www.secure-res.com/res/vn3
/cglogin.aspx?hotelid=2871&rlog=957&pd=apec2015

Click on the above link to book your reservations for the APEC Accelerator Network Forum I: From Start-up to Scale-up.

Guests can also access the APEC SME Room Block reservations link by logging on to our website www.gatechhotel.com , clicking on the “Group Booking Code” at the top of the page and entering the group password – “apec2015” using lower-case letters only.

Non-smoking King bedding accommodations have been blocked for this group. Please note that all guestrooms are non-smoking. For any other requests or inquiries, please enter this information within the appropriate request boxes during the reservations process or call the hotel directly by calling (800) 706-2899 or (404) 838-2100.

Hotel reservation’s hours are Monday through Friday 8am-5:30pm; Saturday 9am-3pm.

For any additional nights needed before or after the posted group dates, please contact the hotel directly at (800) 706-2899 to check availability.

For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $15 per night. (For unlimited in and out access to the garage, an $18 pass is available.)

Airport Transfer Service
Participants staying at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center may select a registered taxi service to and from the airport for an estimated charge of USD $30-$50 each way depending on the volume of traffic.

Weather
The weather in Atlanta during this period is hot and humid. During the time of the program, Atlanta’s average temperature ranges from 30 to 32 degrees Celsius or 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.




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