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Travel and Visa Information

International travel to meetings in the U.S.

We advise anyone who may need a visa to attend the TOUGH Symposium and/or Training Courses to apply early. Visa applicants should apply at least 3 months in advance of the meeting. Security-related policies have greatly increased the processing time for visa applications. U.S. consular officers now usually interview applicants as part of the application process.

If you need a letter of invitation, e-mail Troy Cortez, to make your request.

Ground Transportation

The most convenient airports to Berkeley are the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Oakland International Airport (OAK). The Oakland Airport is closer to Berkeley and both airports offer an economical connection to Berkeley via the local train system, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which stops at downtown Berkeley.

LBNL On-site/Guest parking will not available (unless you are staying on-site at the Berkeley Lab Guest House). Alternative modes of transportation are:

  • Public Transportation (such as BARTLBNL Shuttle)
  • Taxi or other ride-sharing options (with pick up/drop off services, such as UBER, LYFT, etc)
  • Carpooling with an LBNL employee
  • Walking

Here is a list of resources for more information: