International Attendees


Welcome to Chicago, IL! At the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, you join the biggest names in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and thousands of colleagues from around the world for the latest advances in the specialty, new research findings, approaches, and treatment options to help you deliver excellent patient care. You are an indelible part of the Annual Meeting experience. Throughout our Academy’s history, international members and attendees have made our community not only more vibrant, but also helped keep us on the cutting-edge of the specialty. We look forward to welcoming you to the 121th AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

Entering the United States

Generally speaking, all non-U.S. attendees of the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience require a visa to enter the United States, most likely the B-1 Visa. Depending on your nationality, you may qualify for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date on rules and procedures. As a matter of policy, the AAO-HNS/F does not intervene in visa-related matters. Need an invitation letter for your visa application? Click here for more information.

Applying for a Visa

This is non-authoritative and subject to change. For the latest information, click here.

Step 1: Complete the online visa application and print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. You will also attach a photo.
Step 2: Schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Wait times for interview appointments vary.
Step 3: Pay all necessary fees and gather requested documentation ahead of your interview.
Step 4: During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa.




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Money Matters

The currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar. You will likely be able to exchange foreign currencies at any bank, major airport, or hotel (for a fee). You may also withdraw cash from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). Stay up to date on the exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the currency of your home country on websites like Tipping in the United States is widespread and is expected. Fodor’s chart here gives a reliable overview of how much you should expect to tip during your stay.

International Program of Events

This year's AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is eager to welcome all of our international members and guests, offering multilingual services and a full program of events and activities that will be sure to educate, stimulate, and keep you on the cutting-edge of our specialty.

International Guests of Honor

The AAO-HNSF International Guest of Honor program is a time-honored tradition. Every year, the AAO-HNS/F President recognizes approximately four countries or territories for their contributions to the otolaryngology specialty and global community. International Guests of Honor receive a range of exclusive benefits, including discounts. The 2017 International Guests of Honor are:


AAO-HNSF International Symposium

The AAO-HNSF International Symposium showcaseD cutting-edge content presented by international physicians. Providing a global perspective of popular topics in otolaryngology, this program will enlighten the entire community and offer high visibility to international presenters. As an additional component of the Annual Meeting program, the AAO-HNSF International Symposium will be promoted in conjunction with regular programming and as part of a new International scheduling track. It will not preclude attendees from participating in the other program sessions and activities, and previously planned sessions in Spanish will continue. Take a look at your Annual Meeting program for more details about scheduling and content.

AAO-HNSF International Reception

One of the flagship events of the Annual Meeting, the AAO-HNSF International Reception is a by-invitation-only reception honoring our international members, colleagues, and friends. If you are an international attendee you should receive your ticket upon registration in Chicago. Join Academy leadership and the rest of your peers for a night filled with dancing and authentic desserts from our 2017 International Guests of Honor: China, France, Mexico, and South Korea.

AAO-HNSF International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly

The IAB General Assembly gathers international members, peers, and stakeholders under one roof to discuss issues that matter most to our specialty and global community. Join us to take part in the conversation, and help recognize the recipients of our prestigious international awards, including the International Visiting Scholarship (IVS).

AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Forum

Every year, the Academy and its Foundation support members working to make the world a better place. This session highlights some of the initiatives in which residents and other members have taken part. Panelists will also speak to the latest developments in the realm of global health and how you can leave your mark on this world.

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