Travel and Accommodations
Atlantic City is close in proximity to the New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. metropolitan areas where a third (1/3) of the population of the United States lives. Atlantic City is within easy travel distance of approximately 60 miles (90 km) from Philadelphia, 125 miles (200 km) from New York City, and 175 miles (280 km) from Washington, D.C.
The best time to visit Atlantic City is either from March to August. Although a nice breeze blows through the seaside town in the spring and summer, the days are defined by some humidity with average highs in the range of around 80 oF or 27 oC. Temperatures drop in the evenings, so it is recommended to bring a sweater or jacket, especially if you're going to enjoy Atlantic City's nightlife. Visitor's guidebooks will be provided in your registration materials.
Harrah's Resort will host the 44th International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS 2017). The resort in Atlantic City is part of Caesar's Entertainment (https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-ac).
All participants to ICOPS 2017 have the option of group booking ($179 + taxes and fees per night) that is reserved by Harrah's Resort Atlantic City. A government rate of $94 + taxes and fees per night is available as well. Please note that the hotel reservation deadline at this price is Friday, April 28, 2017. The resort address and booking information is as follows:
Harrah's Resort Atlantic City
777 Harrah's Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Booking Call Center Phone #: 1-888-516-2215
Group Code: SH05EE7
For Group Booking
Note: If you are looking for a roommate please contact ICOPS concierge for further information.
Atlantic City International Airport
Address: 101 Atlantic City Int'l Airport #106, Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
22 min. by car
How to get around Atlantic City: http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/plan/getting-to-ac/atlantic-city-int-airport/
Once you arrive: A taxi or Jitney is a quick and easy way to get to your destination once arriving at ACY. These services can be found at their booths in the baggage claim area or directly outside of the terminal. For car rentals, the airport is served by four major car rental agencies located directly across from the terminal in the parking garage.
Atlantic City Jitney:
Shuttle from the Atlantic City International Airport to Atlantic City destinations.
For information and times:
Please call 609-344-8642 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday. Please call 609-576-2776 after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends.
Philadelphia International Airport
Address: 8000 Essington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153
1 hr. 5 min. by car
Newark Liberty International Airport
Address: 3 Brewster Rd, Newark, NJ 07114
1 hr. 55 min. by car
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Address: John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens, NY 11430
2 hr. 30 min. by car
Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
Address: Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport, Arlington, VA 22202
3 hr. 15 min. by car
International Visitors to the United States
For Non-U.S. Citizens/ResidentsDisclaimer: Please note that this content is for general information purposes only. While every effort is made to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date, regulations may change. The only authoritative sources on U.S. visas are U.S. government websites. Attention: The Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Seton Hall University (SHU) cannot in any way intervene with U.S. Embassies or consulates abroad, or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any IEEE member or IEEE meeting participant.
Visa Application ProcessWhat type of visa? Generally, non-U.S. citizens/residents must obtain a nonimmigrant B-1/B-2 visa to enter the United States for a temporary visit.
- A valid passport. Note: Consular Officers do not need to retain your passport.
- Online nonimmigrant visa application (Form DS-160) confirmation page.
- Specific and detailed explanations related to your purpose for travel. Example: Copy of your ICOPS 2017 Letter of Invitation which you may request by emailing email@example.com.
- Complete travel itineraries and schedules if appropriate. Note: Airline ticket proof of purchase is not a required item for documenting your trip itinerary.
- Proof of an existing relationship with your inviter, IEEE, or other U.S. entities. Example: Copy of your ICOPS 2017 meeting registration.
- Explanation of how your visit will be funded.
- Your CV.
Visa Delays & IssuesThe National Academies' International Visitors Office (IVO) is a valuable resource on visa-related issues for scientists. IVO can inquire at the U.S. Department of State about the status of certain U.S. visa applications that are delayed.
- You are a student, scholar, or professional in the sciences and engineering; AND
- You applied for a non-B1 visa to come to the U.S. for a science-related activity and your application has been delayed 60 days or longer. OR, you applied for a B-1 visa to come to the U.S. for a science-related activity and your application is pending 14 days prior to the event's start date.
- IVO Visa Questionnaire
Entering the United StatesInformation on the Visa Waiver Program, the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Homeland Security's Travel Redress Inquiry Program.
- Visa Waiver Program
- Electronic System for Travel Authorization Process
- Office of Biometric Identity Management
- CBP For International Visitors
- DHS TRIP Website
U.S. Government Websites
- U.S. Visa Policies
- U.S. State Department
- Visitor Visa Information
- U.S. Embassies
- Office of Biometric Identity Management
Conference Concierge / Atlantic City Liaison