The IEEE Future Directions Quantum Initiative invites you to IEEE Quantum Week 2020 — the inaugural IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE20). With your contributions and your participation, together we can build a premier meeting of quantum minds and advance quantum computing, engineering, and technology. Quantum Week provides ample opportunities to network with your peers and explore partnerships with industry, government, and academia.
To help ensure your visit is as enjoyable as it is inspiring, we offer the following information and travel tips for international attendees from around the world.
International attendees should pay special attention to visa requirements. An application for a visa can be a lengthy process. IEEE Quantum Week 2020 will take place Oct 12–16 in Denver – Broomfield, Colorado. We recommend starting the visa application process at least 3–4 months (i.e., in June/July 2020) prior to the conference and arrange travel plans well in advance.
Invitation letters for visa applications can only be issued to attendees who have registered for the conference and have paid for their registration in full. This is an IEEE Policy, and there are no exceptions.
Once you have registered via the QCE20 conference registration website and your payment has been confirmed, you will be issued a letter of invitation automatically.
The QCE20 Conference cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on your behalf, so please register early and begin your visa application process early.
If your visa request is declined or does not come through in time, you may cancel your Quantum registration up until September 30, 2020. There will be a cancellation fee of $100 of your registration fee.
To streamline the visa letter process you must:
- First register for IEEE Quantum Week and pay in full.
- Return to the Registration section of the website and sign in using your registration ID and the email address you used to register.
- Click on “Print a Visa Letter of Invitation” to print your letter.
If you have any questions regarding visa letters, please contact QCE20 Registration.
How to Apply for a US Visa
To enter the United States, citizens and residents of most countries in the world must have a visa. The application is online and there is a fee. In addition, you must meet with a person at the nearest U.S. Consul General office, who will ask to see a letter that invites you to attend QCE20.
For reference, here’s a guide with links to important official information: U.S. Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
Visa Waiver Program
Travelers from approximately 39 countries can enter the United States without a visa. But entry is not automatic. Before you depart for the United States, you must complete an online application and pay a fee (credit card payment only).
Most citizens of Canada and Bermuda do not need a visa to enter the U.S. as tourists.
For more information, please visit: U.S. Department of State Visa Waiver Program.
Electronics and Devices
Bring the right adaptor. In the USA, the standard power supply voltage is 120V and the standard frequency is 60Hz. Power plugs and sockets accept a multi-way/multi-point outlet plug, known as types A and B — plug type A has two flat parallel pins and plug type B has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin. Most electronic devices have universal power supplies that will work in any country, but be sure to check the label on your device. We recommend you bring a power plug (travel) adaptor — electric adaptor information.