International Attendees and Visitors

We look forward to welcoming you to the United States during the 2018 SIR Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles, California.

Join healthcare professionals from across the globe for the world's most comprehensive interventional radiology conference. If you are traveling to the Annual Scientific Meeting from outside the United States, the following resources provide helpful information for planning your trip.

Why should I attend the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting?

  • The SIR Annual Scientific Meeting is your gateway to global interventional radiology, featuring nearly 400 exhibitors from around the world.
  • Start potential new partnerships and network with U.S. exhibitors and institutions.
  • Multiple networking opportunities, including receptions and special events are designed to encourage dialogue and reach new contacts.
  • Visit the online program and planner and discover initiatives and trends in every area of IR.
  • Enjoy the diverse plenary lineup.

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Questions about MedTech Europe? 

Ethical MedTech Europe has deemed SIR 2018 compliant via their Conference Vetting System (CVS). The CVS is a centralized decision-making system that encourages transparency and consistency in medical education events and alleviates the complex administrative burden previously faced by MedTech Europe and Mecomed members, who were constrained to make their own determinations on whether or not a third-party educational event they wished to provide support to was compliant with the associations’ respective Codes. To view SIR’s compliant status, please visit their website.

Traveling to California

Learn more about traveling to California and making hotel reservations.

Need a letter of invitation to travel to the United States?

If you are not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you may require a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States. Nonimmigrant visas are for international travelers coming to the U.S. temporarily. Email to request a letter of invitation. You may also request a letter of invitation during online registration.

U.S. Visa Information for Temporary Visitors

Find out if you're eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)General Questions about U.S. Visas



Los Angeles World Aiports information

Los Angeles World Airports(LAWA) is a unique system of airports owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. Each of the airports – Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys (VNY) – plays an integral role in helping to meet the regional demand for passenger, cargo and general aviation service.

As the gateway to the West Coast and the No. 1 international gateway to Asia/Pacific, LAX offers direct flights from 101 domestic cities and 77 international destinations. LAX is the seventh busiest passenger airport in the world.

Operations began in September 2013 at the new, $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at LAX. With a design inspired by the waves of the Pacific Ocean along L.A.’s coastline, TBIT offers 18 new aircraft boarding gates, half of which can accommodate the larger, new-generation aircraft and a fully modernized customs facility accommodating 4,500 passengers per hour, nearly double the previous level.

A Great Hall with soaring 110-foot-tall ceilings features more than 60 premier dining and luxury shops including 22 local Los Angeles Brands (Fred Segal, Umami, Border Grill), as well as global luxury brands (Hermes, Gucci, Bulgari).

LAX now offers 40 Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks that will expedite the entry process for international arriving passengers at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Available in 13 languages, international travelers can submit their customs declaration form and biographic information electronically via APC kiosks. Individuals can complete the process within 90 seconds and a family of three within four minutes.


Visiting California

VisitCalifornia provides a complete guide to visiting the Golden State.

View a digital visitors’ guide to California.


Visitor Information Centers

L.A. Tourism operates several Visitor Information Centers. The Hollywood and Highland Center location in the heart of Hollywood offers multilingual staff to answer travel questions and attraction ticket sales. Visitors can find additional information at the Visitor Center located at Union Station and the non-staffed Visitor Resource Center at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles.

Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd. 
Hollywood, CA 90028 
(323) 467-6412
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sun.

Union Station
800 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(231) 763-3466
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Daily


Need help in the U.S.?

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Certificate of Attendance

While on site, you can obtain your certificate of attendance by visiting SIR Central located in SIR Expo.