Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I find out if I need a visa to attend SIGGRAPH 2007?
We provide basic visa information, but if you have specific questions that are not answered there, please see the U.S. Department of State web site: Visa Services

2. I need an invitation letter to apply for a visa. How can I request one?
You must register for SIGGRAPH 2007 before you can request or receive a letter of invitation. If you register online, the system will allow you to print your invitation letter after you register. If you register by postal or courier service, or fax, you can use your registration number to request an invitation letter from the online system after you receive your registration confirmation.

Registration Information and Form

Please contact the SIGGRAPH 2007 International Chair if you have questions about the visa-invitation procedure.

3. What kind of translation support can an international attendee or contributor receive at SIGGRAPH 2007?
During the conference week, Student Volunteers who are fluent in many languages are available to help with translations, along with answering questions and problems that may arise for attendees. However, the students are not available to act as personal interpreters for any of the conference programs.

4. How can I find out if other people from my country or region are attending SIGGRAPH 2007?
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. You can also leave messages on the Message Board asking other attendees from your country or region to meet you at a specific time in the International Center.

5. Is there an area in the International Center to hold interviews with the press, to give a presentation, or to have a meeting?
Yes. To reserve the area for an interview, presentation, or meeting, please contact the International Center manager in advance.

6. I have a laptop with a wireless network card. Will I be able to connect myself to the internet at the San Diego Convention Center?
Wireless service will be available throughout the convention center during SIGGRAPH 2007.

7. I am flying internationally. How early should I leave for the San Diego airport when I depart?
Most airlines now require that you check in around three hours in advance for international flights due to the increased security checks. You should contact your airline for more specific information.

8. I am planning on arriving before the conference or staying on after the conference. What is there to do in San Diego?
Here are just a few suggestions of things to do while you are in San Diego:

Here are just a few suggestions of things to do while you are in San Diego:

Visit Balboa Park
Experience the Gaslamp Quarter
Visit Seaworld
Visit the San Diego Zoo
Spend the day on one of San Diego's many beaches
City of San Diego
San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau
Lonely Planet: San Diego

9. I have never been to San Diego before. Where can I find a map of the area?
San Diego Maps
The location of the San Diego Convention Center
The San Diego Trolley System

10. I have never been to the San Diego Airport before. Where can I find information about the airport?
San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the city's major airport. It is served by most major national and international airlines, so scheduling a flight to San Diego should not be a problem. The airport's web site provides details about the airport's layout, along with arrival and departure times of scheduled flights.

11. How do I get from the airport to the convention center or downtown hotels?
The San Diego Airport is a few kilometers from downtown. There are many transport options to and from the airport. For full directions please go to the airport's web site.

12. Where can I exchange currency?
There are many currency exchange facilities in San Diego. Most banks exchange currency as do a number of travel centers in the city. Exchange services are more limited outside of San Diego, and it's best to carry US-currency travelers checks or small amounts of US cash.

13. Where can I use credit cards or travelers checks in San Diego?
San Diego 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.

14. What time zone is San Diego in?
San Diego is 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, San Diego observes Daylight Savings Time and turns all its clocks ahead one hour.

15. What is San Diego's climate?
San Diego's summers vary from about 15 C, to the mid 20s C. Temperatures are higher in the city and cooler nearer the ocean.