International Travel

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AFP welcomes all international attendees. Below is some important information to help facilitate your travel and attendance.

 

Passport and Visa Requirements

Visa Requirements

All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.

Apply Early! We suggest you begin the visa application process at least 60 days prior to your travel date. Click here for the estimated visa wait time.

Visa Waiver Program

International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. The Visa Waiver Program lists the participating countries.

If you would like to request an invitation letter from AFP for your visa application, you must first register for the Annual Conference. Once you register you will receive a registration confirmation email. Please forward this email, your full name, company name and mailing address to Customerservice@afponline.org to request your invitation letter. Invitation letters will be e-mailed to registrants only. Please allow seven to ten days for processing.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) Scams

International travelers who are seeking to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are now subject to security requirements and will be required to pay an administrative fee. Travelers should only use the official government site.

 

Currency and Rates

Currency

In San Diego, CA and throughout the United States, the dollar is the standard currency. This converter allows you to determine the value of other currencies compared with the dollar. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the San Diego International Airport's Terminal 2 Kiosk in the baggage claim area across from carousel 3 or the terminal 2 mobile unit past checkpoint near gate 22. Additionally foreign currency exchange can be done at most local banks, hotels, and major attractions.

Goods and Service Taxes

  • San Diego Sales Tax Rate: 8% (exemptions include many groceries and prescription medicines)
  • Hotel Tax: 10.5%
  • Rental Vehicles State Surcharge: $2 per day
 

Customs and Laws

Tipping

Tipping is voluntary; gratuities are not automatically added to the bill except in some cases for large groups.

Here are some tipping guidelines:

  • Servers – for good service 15%, for outstanding service 20%
  • Taxi Drivers - 15%
  • Doormen, Skycaps and Porters - $1 per bag

California's Safety Belt Law

  • Vehicles must contain properly functioning seat belts.
  • Any operator of a motor vehicle must wear a safety belt at all times.
  • All passengers 8 years old and older that are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller, to wear a seat belt.
  • Children that are 8 years old and younger that are under 4 feet 9 inches tall must use a child safety seat.
Any driver and/or passenger who is found in violation of these rules is subject to a traffic ticket, should you be pulled over by an officer. If you are found to be driving with an un-belted passenger under the age of 16 years old, you (the driver) are at risk for a separate citation.
 

Electricity

The electricity used in San Diego, CA is standard electricity, which is 110 volts. Appliances brought from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and Latin America will require a voltage transformer.