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Travel

Travel During COVID-19

For travel requirements, alerts, and considerations, please view the CDC’s Travel During COVID-19 webpage and the links below. 

Passports & Visas

International Travelers

To visit the United States, international travelers are required to have a valid passport. Most international travelers are also required to obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State. For more information, visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html.

Letters of Invitation

For many participants, letters of invitation help smooth the visa process. We wish to support international attendees in their efforts to secure the needed travel documentation; however, in order to receive a letter of invitation, SRS must be assured that you plan to attend the meeting if your travel request is granted.

Individuals that require an invitation letter to obtain a visa in order to attend the meeting must:

  1. Register for the in-person meeting.
  2. Request a Letter of Invitation by emailing the information below to the SRS Meetings Team at meetings@srs.org.
    • Full Name and Designation
    • Company/Institution
    • Address
    • City
    • Country
    • Passport Number (only if required)

The letter of invitation does not financially obligate SRS organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the meeting are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will receive a visa. The decision to grant visas is at the sole discretion of the embassy/consulate. The meeting organizers cannot change the decision of the governmental agency should your application be denied. Due to the costs involved, we cannot send letters of invitation via express mail services.

Arriving in Miami

Miami International Airport (MIA) is America’s 3rd busiest airport for International passengers.  MIA supports 94 different carriers and offers non-stop flights to 62 domestic and 76 international locations. 

MIA is located approximately 8 miles from InterContinental Miami.  Upon arrival to MIA, various methods of transportation are available, including taxis, ride shares and rental cars.

Taxi

Between MIA and InterContinental Miami, it will cost approximately $30-$35 each way. (Exact fares depend on final destination)

Taxi transportation can be found on the arrival (ground) level of MIA outside of baggage claim

Ride Apps

Ride apps such as Uber and Lyft operate at Miami International Airport.  Reservations must be made online and have an approximate cost of $15-$25 based on route and time of ride.

To be picked up by a ride you have reserved go to the arrival level, and you can be picked up in the middle median by doors 1-5, 7, 11, 20, 23.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available at MIA.  For more information on car rentals click here.

Parking at the InterContinental

If you choose to rent a car or are driving to Miami, parking is available at the InterContinental at the following rates:

  • Overnight Rates: $39.00+Taxes per Car, $49+taxes for Oversized Vehicles (size limits apply)
  • Day Rates (No In/Out): $22.00 up to 8 Hours, taxes included (Valet ONLY).
  • Parking is not available for trucks or vans
  • All pricing subject to change without notice
  • Meter Parking available close to hotel
  • Parking is not available for large vehicles

Climate

In Miami, in April, the average high-temperature is 80°F (26°C), and the average low-temperature is 70°F (21°C). The average humidity in April is 58.4%.

Time Zone

All sessions and events will take place in the Eastern time zone (EDT). To convert to your local time zone, click here.

Electricity

The United States operates on 120 volts, compared to the standard 220 volts in Europe and and uses a Type A or B Electrical plugs.