About Washington, DC
Airports That Service Washington, DC
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport – DCA
Hotel Direction: 0.9 miles SW
Washington Dulles International Airport – IAD
Direction: 28 miles SE
The Renaissance does NOT provide shuttle service.
Baltimore/Washington International Airport – BWI
Hotel Direction: 37.5 miles SW
Travel Documents/Passports and Entry Requirements
Non-US visitors must have valid travel documents/passports to enter Washington, DC, to provide proof of their citizenship. Document requirements vary depending on your country of origin, citizenship, the reason for your visit, and the length of your stay, and may include passport or a birth certificate, photo ID, and/or a visa. For more information, or to request a Letter of Announcement for the 2015 Annual Meeting, fill out the Visa Invitation Letter Request Form.
Washington, DC’s currency is the US dollar; currency exchange is available at banks and kiosks throughout the city and at the airport. Cash machines/ATMs are available in most banks, hotels, and shopping centers. For denominations under one dollar, the currency is coins.
Customs and Immigration
From an international point of arrival, upon arriving in Washington, DC, you will be required to go through a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection. Before you land, your flight crew will distribute an Immigration and Customs Declaration Form for you to complete; forms are also available at the airport upon your arrival. You will need to present this form, along with your passport, visa (if any), and return tickets to the CBP officer.
Washington, DC, uses the United States customary system for weights and measurements. If you choose to drive in Washington, DC, be aware the speed limits are posted in miles per hour.
If you are entering Washington, DC, with prescription drugs and syringes: keep the medication in its original, labeled container; include medical certificate with syringes showing they are for medical use and have them declared to US Customs officials; bring an extra prescription in case your medication is lost and/or to attest to your need to take such prescriptions; and carry the generic name of prescription medicines.
Washington, DC, is in the Eastern Time Zone. In August it will be the same time as New York, one hour ahead of Chicago, three hours ahead of Los Angeles, five hours behind London, and 13 hours behind Tokyo. For more information, visit www.aici.org