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International Attendees' FAQ

  1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2016? 

  2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?

  3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?

  4. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2016?

  5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2016? 

  6. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?

  7. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the Anaheim Convention Center? 

  8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Anaheim airport when I depart?

  9. I have never been to John Wayne Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?

  10. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels? 

  11. Where can I exchange currency?

  12. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Anaheim? 

  13. What time zone is Anaheim in?

  14. What is the climate in Anaheim?

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2016?

We provide basic visa information, but if you have specific questions that are not answered there, please see  the US Department of State visa guidelines.

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?

You must register for SIGGRAPH 2016 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation. If you register by postal or courier service or fax, please request a letter of invitation directly from our conference registration team and provide your registration confirmation number.

If you register online, you can obtain an invitation letter through the Registration Resource Center (after registering).

Registration Information

Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2016 International Resources Co-Chairs if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.

3. I have heard that you provide multilingual podcasts about the work shown in the Art Gallery and Emerging Technologies. Where can I download them?

The podcasts will be available in seven languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian) on the SIGGRAPH 2016 podcast page.

4.What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2016?

During the conference week, Student Volunteers and the SIGGRAPH 2016 International Resources Committee (who are fluent in many languages) are available to help with basic translation questions, along with answering questions and problems that may arise for attendees. However, thse individuals are not available to act as personal interpreters for any of the conference programs.

5. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2016?

Prior to the conference, your local ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter may be able to help you. See the Chapters Directory to find out if there is a chapter in your local area. During the conference, the International Center is a good meeting place, as it is specifically designed to provide a safe and comfortable area to network and meet other international attendees. The International Center holds cultural events throughout the week.

6. Is there an area in the International Center to give a presentation or to have a meeting?

Yes. To reserve the area for an interview, presentation, or meeting, please submit a request through Birds of a Feather Submissions.

7. Will I be able to connect to the internet at the Anaheim Convention Centre?

Wireless service will be available throughout the Anaheim Convention Center during SIGGRAPH 2016.

8. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the Anaheim airport when I depart?

Most airlines require that you check in around three hours in advance for international flights. You should contact your airline for more specific information.

9. I have never been to John Wayne Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?

John Wayne Airport (JWA) is the city's major airport. It is served by many national airlines, but international travelers arrive and depart at Los Angeles International Airport

10. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?

John Wayne Airport ground transportation
Los Angeles International Airport ground transportation

11. Where can I exchange currency?

There are many currency exchange facilities in Anaheim, and at the airports. Most banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city. 

12. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in Anaheim?

Anaheim businesses accept most credit cards and US-dollar travelers checks. Some restaurants accept cash only. Some businesses may require a photo identification card (passport or other identification) before cashing travelers checks. If you are purchasing items while at SIGGRAPH 2016 (registration passes, tickets, merchandise, etc.), please note that we do not accept bank ATM cards or foreign currency. SIGGRAPH 2016 accepts only US currency or a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

13. What time zone is Anaheim in?

The Pacific Time Zone, which is eight hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). From the first Saturday in April until the last Saturday in October, Anaheim observes Daylight Savings Time and turns all its clocks ahead one hour.

14. What is the climate in Anaheim?

Anaheim enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is protected from extremes of temperature and humidity by nearby mountain ranges. August and September are the hottest months, January and February the coolest and wettest. Temperatures are higher in the city and cooler nearer the ocean. The average Anaheim temperature is around 70 F (21 C), though smog-shrouded summer days can get well over 90 F (32 C). Winter temperatures around 55 F (12 C) are not uncommon.