ISAPS Miami Congress 2018

MIAMI BEACH - MIAMI, FLORIDA - UNITED STATES

Of course you will find a radiant sun and a seemingly endless beach, but you can also discover Miami Beach’s rich history as an entertainment and cultural destination. From world-famous Art Deco architecture to renowned nightclubs to designer fashions, there’s so much going on you may need a few more days to enjoy it all. 

BANKS

Banks are open on Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.  ATM machines are readily available and usually charge you the lowest exchange rate.   

CAR RENTAL & PARKING

Car rentals are available at the Miami International airport.  We recommend reserving a car early.  Parking at the hotels is available and there is a daily cost that varies from one hotel to the next.

CLIMATE

Miami Beach has tropical climate with little seasonal variation in temperature and precipitation. Temperatures during our Congress are expected to range from 70-80 °F (21-26 °C).

CONGRESS ATTIRE

Congress Sessions: Business Casual

Opening Ceremony: Business Casual

Gala Event: Formal (Black Tie Optional)

CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES

The monetary unit in the United States is the Dollar. The rate of exchange varies of course.

Use this currency converter to find your local currency compared to the dollar. http://www.xe.com/  

Personal checks are not normally cashed by local banks.

DISABLED FACIITIES

If you require disability specific facilities or have other special needs, please indicate this during registration where you will be requested to provide detailed requirements.

ELECTRICITY

American electricity is 110 volts, AC.  Outlets all require 3-pin plugs. It is therefore advised to purchase a plug adapter and transformer beforehand. 

INSURANCE

For your own peace of mind, we strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel and international health insurance prior to beginning your travels to the US.

LIABILITY

Congress Organizers are not liable for personal accidents, losses or damage to the private property of registered attendees or any accompanying persons during the Congress.  Please make your own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language of ISAPS is English.   

PROGRAM DISCLAIMER

The program is correct at the time of posting on the website, or printing in any publicity materials.  Congress Organizers reserve the right to alter the program as necessary. 

SAFES AND SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES

Most hotels provide a safe in every room.  

TELEPHONE CALLS  

The cost of phone calls from the hotel, especially internationally, is expensive. It is advised to use your cell phone with international calling capabilities instead.

TIPPING

Tipping is customary in the US for service in places like hotels, taxis, and restaurants. Daytime tips for taxis and lunch is usually 15% and for dinner 20%.  Some restaurants will include a tip for groups of six or more, so be sure that it has not been added before you sign your dinner check. 

TRAVEL DISCLAIMER

In the event of any travel disruptions, Congress Organizers will not be held responsible for any loss incurred by any registrant or family member either en route to or from the Congress.  By registering for the Congress, each participate accepts full responsibility for their own travel arrangements and any consequences for themselves and for all accompanying persons.

VISAS and PASSPORTS

Most travelers are admitted into the United States with a valid passport.  However, not all countries are exempt from a visa requirement.  Please check well in advance to determine if you will need a visa or not and begin your application process at least three months before the Congress.

VISA DOCUMENTS - INVITATION LETTERS

To allow us to assist you in obtaining any required visas or travel documents, it is essential that you first complete the Congress registration using the online payment system and include a valid email address.  Congress Organizers will process your registration and send a receipt of your payment.  You can include this receipt with your visa application documents.

We cannot issue an invitation letter until you have registered for the Congress.

If you need a letter of invitation to complete your visa application, contact ISAPS at ISAPS@isaps.org and type VISA LETTER in the subject line of your email.  Include your name and address as they appear in your passport and advise if any family members will be traveling with you who also need a visa.  Specify if the letter can include all travelers, or if your local consulate requires a separate letter for each visa applicant.

In the event that your visa application is not successful, you must advise the Executive Office by email at ISAPS@isaps.org by September 15, 2018 to receive a refund of your registration fee.  No refunds for unsuccessful visa applications will be made after September 15, 2018.

 WiFi

Depending on your hotel, WiFi will be included in your room rate, or will be available for a daily or multi-day fee.  The Miami Beach Convention Center will have free WiFi in the meeting rooms and exhibit hall.

 Last update:  July 30, 2016