2018-Information for International Travelers

International Travelers

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® is truly an international symposium. The contributions of attendees and presenters from many different countries are highly valued. We hope that you will act promptly to help us assure that this can continue. Advanced planning can smooth the visa application process for you.

Recent reports indicate that it could take anywhere from 3 to 8 months to obtain a visa. If you are traveling to the symposium from outside the United States, it is vital that you start the process of obtaining your visa as early as possible. Please click on the link below:


If you are traveling to the symposium from outside the United States, and require a visa or a letter for your institution/university, SABCS® wishes to support your efforts to secure the needed travel documentation to attend the Symposium. The Welcome letter may help smooth the visa process and is acceptable by those institutions/universities requiring a written letter. Individuals that require a Welcome letter must first register and pay for the Symposium.

If you require a welcome letter to help smooth the Visa process, please contact the Symposium office.

Current Visa Processing Situation

Please refer to the link below for the most updated information:


Visa Waiver Program

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet all requirements. Travelers must be eligible to use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel.If you are eligible to travel on the VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.

Citizens or nationals of the following countries* are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP, unless citizens of one of these countries are also a national of Iraq, Iran, Syria, or Sudan.

Andorra              Hungary  Norway 
Australia  Iceland  Portugal 
Austria  Ireland  San Marino 
Belgium  Italy  Singapore 
Brunei  Japan  Slovakia 
Chile  Latvia  Slovenia 
Czech Republic  Liechtenstein  South Korea 
Denmark  Lithuania  Spain 
Estonia  Luxembourg  Sweden 
Finland  Malta  Switzerland 
France  Monaco  Taiwan  
Germany  Netherlands  United Kingdom ** 
Greece  New Zealand   

**To be eligible to travel under the VWP, British citizens must have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.