In addition to year-round sunshine and near-perfect weather, San Diego is home to 70+ miles of sparkling coastline, friendly locals, a vibrant downtown, and an endless assortment of unique neighborhoods to explore. San Diego has something to discover for everyone! From beaches, museums, attractions, parks, recreation, and nightlife to world-class dining, fresh local cuisine (like the famous fish taco), and a thriving craft beer scene, many entertainment options are found just steps from the Convention Center. The SOT Microsite has more information on the area’s attraction, as well as deals for meeting attendees.
The San Diego Convention Center and SOT hotels are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special services, indicate your needs while registering or by contacting Heidi Breeden (703.438.3115).
To arrange special services, SOT recommends the following providers for language and mobility needs:
Per California regulations, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for all on-site attendees. To facilitate the confirmation of proof of vaccination, all badges will be picked up on-site in San Diego. No badges will be mailed in advance of the meeting. Details on how vaccination or medical exemption documentation will be collected and reviewed will be communicated before the meeting. Since all registrants will pick up their badges and event tickets on-site, please allow extra time upon arriving at the San Diego Convention Center to acquire your badge before your first planned activity.
As part of the enhanced 2022 SOT meeting experience, registrants who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can attend Scientific Sessions in person in San Diego, and all registrants can watch most of them remotely through livestreams. Individuals on-site and remote also will be able to engage in live question-and-answer discussions during most sessions. In addition, all streamed sessions will be viewable on demand for all registrants upon a session’s conclusion.
Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens of certain countries may travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without a visa. Anyone traveling under VWP must apply for authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
Generally, non-US citizens/residents must obtain a nonimmigrant B-1/B-2 visa to enter the United States for a temporary visit. Visit the US Department of State website for more information on Visitor Visas.
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs provides visa wait times for every US consulate worldwide.
The SOT 61st Annual Meeting will be registered with the National Academies International Visitors Office in October 2021. If you have any problems regarding your visa applications, please report your case to them by completing their online questionnaire. To help them identify your case, please include the name of the meeting (Society of Toxicology 61st Annual Meeting) in the “Purpose of Visit” field on the questionnaire. The International Visitors Office can submit inquiries to the US Department of State about the status of visa applications that have been pending for 21 days or more. If you have any questions, please contact the National Academies International Visitors Office.
If you need a formal invitation letter for visa purposes, you may request an invitation by sending your name, address, and other contact information to the SOT Registration Department. If you have been accepted as a meeting presenter, please include the title and date of your presentation. You will need to make your own hotel reservations and register for the meeting.