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Getting to St. Louis:

The official travel agent for the 9th IPMB Congress is Great Southern Tiger Travel who has arranged special airfares through American Airlines as the Congress' preferred air provider. You may make your reservations through the agency by calling and ask for the "IPMB desk" or or by following the link

Special air rates will be negotiated for the IPMB guests, however, they will not be available until September 1, 2008. Please contact Great Southern Tiger Travel after this date to secure special air fares.

Car An easy-to-use network of interstate highways runs through St. Louis making it a short drive to attractions. From the east, I-70, I-64 and I-55 head west across the Poplar Street Bridge and into downtown St. Louis. I-70 swings through downtown, past the airport and west through Missouri. I-55 turns south past the Anheuser-Busch brewery and continues through southeastern Missouri. I-64, which the locals call Highway 40, continues west through St. Louis, past Forest Park and to the Missouri River. I-44 begins in St. Louis and runs southwest along the former path of Route 66 to Springfield, Missouri.

Downtown St. Louis streets are laid out on a grid pattern with alternating one-way north and southbound streets. Abundant parking is available in high-rise garages run by Central/Allright Parking (314) 421-4063 and St. Louis Parking (314) 241-7777 and on surface lots throughout downtown. Parking meters on the street generally have a two-hour time limit which is strictly enforced.

From the Airport to Downtown St. Louis:

For information regarding all ground transportation options to and from the airport, visit http://www.lambert-stlouis.com/index/ground.html.

Metrolink: MetroLink is St. Louis' light rail system. It is located on the upper level of the Main Terminal at Exit Main Terminal 1 and the East Terminal through the parking garage on all levels. Operating daily from 5 a.m. til' midnight with tickets priced at $3.50 for an adult two hour pass, $1.75 for seniors, customers with disabilities and children under 12. Children under 5 ride for free. The MetroLink will take you directly to the America's Center which is located adjacent to the Renaissance Grand Hotel, our headquarters hotel. All other conference hotels are within walking distance or you may take a taxi from that location.

Trans Express Transportation: Provides shared van service to Downtown hotels. Purchase tickets and board at: Main Terminal, Exit Main Terminal 12; East Terminal, Exit ; East Terminal 12. Tickets are $15.00 one way, $25.00 round trip.

Rental Cars: Airport/On-site: Rental car counters are located between Exits Main Terminal 17 and Main Terminal 12, lower level, Main Terminal. Airport/Off-site: Call toll free near Exits Main Terminal 17 and Main Terminal 12 in Main Terminal. Rental car shuttle vans pick-up outside Exit Main Terminal 17 or in the East Terminal outside Exit East Terminal 12. Please note that self-service parking at the Renaissance Grand will be $9/day. Charges will vary at other hotels.

International Travel

Travel to the United States

Most travelers to the United States must hold a valid visa and a passport that is valid six months longer than the intended visit. Please visit the International Visitors Office to determine if you require a travel visa to attend the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings. If you require a visa, please recognize that the visa application process may take several months. An interview appointment is required for a visa application at all embassies and consulates. The wait time for this appointment varies, but may be as long as four months, with processing taking an additional month or more. The wait time for visa applications is available on the State Department's website. As soon as you have decided to attend the meeting, you should begin the process of applying for a visa.

In 2004, the United States instituted the US-VISIT program, requiring most foreign visitors to have their two index fingers scanned and a digital photograph taken to verify their identity at the port of entry. A departure confirmation program, as part of US-VISIT, is currently being tested. This program applies to all visitors, including those from visa waiver countries. Most Canadians are currently exempt from US-VISIT.

Contact Sandi Strother via email at [email protected] if you require a letter of intended participation for your visa application.

Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Citizens of 27 countries do not need a U.S. visa for business or tourism visits of less than 90 days. However, if you will be receiving any compensation for your services or activities (i.e. lectures, presentations, etc.), you may need to apply for a visa. Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for more information.

Visitors from visa waiver countries are required to carry a machine-readable passport. Newer passports may also require a digital photograph and integrated chip with information. If your passport does not meet the requirements, you must obtain a travel visa. For additional details and updates on the Visa Waiver Program, see the State Department's Visa Waiver Program website.

Countries included in the Visa Waiver Program include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

Beginning in 2007, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport. In 2008, this requirement will also apply to all persons traveling by land and sea. For more information, see the State Department's New Requirements for Travelers website.

Experiencing a Delay in Travel Visa Processing?

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has developed a page on its web site to collect detailed information about international scientists experiencing significant visa delays. This could prove useful to scientists still trying to cope with the many changes in protocol brought on by the SEVIS student-tracking system and the enhanced security of the US VISIT program. Visa applications that are delayed by more than 20 days will be reported to the State Department. Please visit the NAS web site at http://national-academies.org/visas.

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