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Travel Information

We can't wait to see you online or in-person in New Orleans, LA for AGU Fall Meeting 2021!

Only full vaccinated people may attend #AGU21 in-person in New Orleans. We are exploring ways to require in-person attendees to show proof of vaccination before picking up their badges while maintaining privacy. We will provide further updates about how to provide your information.

#AGU21 will fully comply with CDC guidance and local requirements regarding safety. Visit our webpage for the latest updates on COVID-19 protocols.

We look forward to hosting you at #AGU21!

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Plan your trip to New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana (aka Big Easy) is one of America's most unique, culturally rich and resilient destinations. No matter if it's your first visit or if you live there, there is always something new and fun to explore in the Big Easy. To help you enjoy the best of New Orleans, AGU has created this website so you can plan your trip.
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#AGU21 Travel by Plane, Train, Car or Bus



Amtrak offers #AGU21 attendees an energy efficient travel option to New Orleans. Travel by rail on Amtrak’s iconic City of New Orleans, Crescent and Sunset Limited service from Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Memphis, Houston, Dallas, Birmingham and Chicago to save 15% off regular (full) coach seating. Upgrades to private rooms are available at an additional charge. Applicable for travel between 1 – 22 December 2021 with a minimum of four (4) days advanced reservations required prior to travel. Visit and enter V653 in the Promo Code Box when booking your trip. The discount will be applied at the time of ticketing. Restrictions apply pdf icon.
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AGU has again teamed up with United Airlines to offer discounts on air travel to #AGU21. Discounts are applicable from 10 December through 20 December 2021. Visit the United website and enter ZK5B830332 in the Offer Code box and click on the yellow arrow button to proceed. The discount will be applied at the time of ticketing.

We will announce additional travel discounts for #AGU21 soon.

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Visa and International Travel Information

We recommend that international participants apply for visas three months prior to #AGU21 (roughly 1 October 2021). We also strongly suggest familiarizing yourself with our webpage for the latest updates on COVID-19 protocols.

Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews. We encourage you to first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. If you require a letter of invitation before submitting an abstract, you must request one via email. After submitting an abstract, you can automatically generate a letter of invitation through the abstract submission system.

U.S. government requirement for Visa Waiver Program

Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States.

  • Business Visa Center - The U.S. Department of State offers resources and information to assist foreign nationals traveling to the U.S. for temporary business.
  • Visa Waiver Program - Review the requirements to participate in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens meeting specific requirements to enter the U.S. for 90 days without a visa.
  • U.S. Department of State - Comprehensive information about traveling to the United States, and the policies and procedures for obtaining a visa.

Visitor Safety Statement

The health and safety of the AGU community is a primary concern for our organization. Please review the 2021 Visitor Safety Statement provided by the Chief of Police, Shaun Ferguson and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).