Beijing is easily accessible by all delegates. Delegates from Japan, Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America can fly direct to Beijing. Delegates from other parts of the world will find one-stop flights are available from most countries. Beijing Capital International Airport As one of five major international airports in China, Capital International Airport (PEK) services the largest number of international and domestic airlines, about 200 in total. Beijing Capital International Airport is located in northeast of Beijing, capital of Peoples Republic of China, and 25 km (16 miles) from the Tiananmen Square, center of Beijing city. It is not only an aviation gateway of Beijing and a window for international communication, but also a radial center for China civil aviation network, featured in a large scale international airport, with most important location, biggest scale, fullest facilities and busiest transportation in China. 11 domestic companies and 55 foreign companies are now operating more than 5,000 scheduled flights to 88 cities in China and 69 cities abroad.

Passports, valid for at least 3 months prior to entry into China, and entry visas are required to visit China. Participants are advised to consult the nearest Chinese diplomatic mission for application details or retain a reputable passport/visa service or travel agency within their country of residence for assistance. Using a service or agency is more expensive but also much simpler (and perhaps more successful) for the applicant.

Participants are encouraged to apply for a Tourist Visa (L Visa), which will suffice for you to attend the conference and notably requires proof of travel and hotel accommodations. A formal letter of invitation from the organizer is not required for a Tourist Visa (L Visa), and they are good for 10 years. For any issues, please contact SRS Executive Director, Charles Metzger [cmetzger(a)].

Once in China, the participants are advised to carry their passports on them at all times because the passports may be needed to check into hotels, book airline tickets, and change money.

*Participants from Japan or Singapore do not need a visa to enter China provided that they stay no longer than 15 days.