Travel & Housing

You can book transportation from the airport to your hotel at a discounted rate through the American Chemical Society.  Visit the ACS Travel Resources Page for more information.  You can also book a round trip ticket from the airport to your hotel on the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) for $19.25 using a special ACS BART website.

Housing will be managed through the ACS reservation system.  The ACS has contracted a wide selection of hotel rooms in San Francisco with competitive rates.  All attendees who book their room through the official housing bureau will receive complimentary internet access in their sleeping rooms. Orchid Event Solutions is the official housing bureau for the meeting.  ACS does not endorse booking hotel reservations through any other sources.

All IUPAC 2014 Congress events will be held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis which is located close to the Convention Center. There will be ACS shuttle buses that run from the other conference hotels to the Convention Center.
Hotel Map with Shuttle Schedules
Hotel Rates

Housing is now open.  Make your hotel reservations on-line.

General information on transportation in the San Francisco Area can be found at the San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco Municipal Transportation, and Bay Area Rapid Transit websites.

Information for International Travelers to the US

All international attendees will need to have a valid passport from their country of origin to travel to the United States.  If you are not a US Citizen, you will need to check with the US Embassy in the country you will be traveling from about the visa requirements for travel to the United States.  If the US requires a visa, then you should start the visa process as early as possible:

  • If you are a citizen of the country you are traveling from, then you should apply for a visa at least 4 months in advance of your travel to the US.
  • If you are not a citizen of the country you are traveling from (i.e, a third-country national), or you are working on sensitive technology, or if you have previously been denied a visa, then you should apply for a visa at least 6 months in advance of your travel to the US.

If you are not a US citizen, you are advised to check with the US Embassy or consular office in your country of residence about any travel and visa restrictions as soon as you know you would like to attend the conference.

More information about travel to US meetings is available from the ACS International Activities Division website and at the US State Department website.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Citizens of a few select countries may travel to the United States to attend a conference for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa, though some restrictions to travel still apply.  For more detailed information see the US State Department website.

Visa Denials

If your visa application is pending after 20 days, check back with the Embassy Office. There are several reasons for visa denials.  The most frequent reason for a denial is that the traveler has not demonstrated they have strong ties back to their home country, which indicates they would not leave the U.S. at the end of the temporary visit.

The concept of “strong ties to the home country” differs from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. Some examples of “strong ties” can be a job, a house, a family, or a bank account. The decision of who qualifies places this burden of proof to show strong ties on the applicant. Visa applicants must qualify for the visa based on individual circumstances, not on the assurance from an organization. US immigration law delegates all responsibility for issuance or refusal of visas to the embassy officers overseas.  It is therefore important for the applicant to convince the embassy staff reviewing the visa application that they will be leaving the US after the meeting.