International Attendee Resources

International Travelers

The AAS provides this travel information as a courtesy to meeting attendees.  It is the responsibility of each attendee to ensure that she/he/they has/have the necessary documents, including those for entry into another country or re-entry into his/her/their own country.  It is recommended that you check with your institution’s travel department for specific guidance in these matters.

Please refer to the Center for Disease control official website for DETAILS ON AIR TRAVEL TO THE U.S.

Covid-19 Travel Protocols

Testing Requirement before Air Travel to U.S.

Vaccine Requirement for Air Travel to U.S.

Mask Requirement


The State of Hawai’i will align with federal international requirements. There will be no additional State of Hawai’i requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawai’i from an international destination. The airlines will screen passengers prior to their departure to the U.S. International passengers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when entering the State of Hawai’i.

For international travelers coming to the State of Hawaii, only tests from Trusted Testing Partners will be accepted for purposes of bypassing the State’s quarantine policy.

Trusted Testing Partners: If a trusted testing partner is not available in your area, contact your airline or airport in connecting cities prior to booking your flight. Many locations offer Rapid Covid Testing (for a fee) that can be used to complete your travel to the State of Hawaii.

Note: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) also offers Rapid COVID Test by appointment and walkthrough (depending on demand). LAX’s COVID-19 testing lab is certified as a trusted testing partner by the State of Hawaii and tests are eligible to meet current travel requirements to the state. Tests are offered for a fee ranging from $80-$199 and depending on the test, results are made available anywhere from less to 1 hour, 3-5 hours or up to 24 hours.

The CDC and WHO recommend that individuals do not travel unless they are fully vaccinated. We recognize there are global vaccine inequities and some individuals may be unable to upload proof of vaccination information. A negative covid-test is an alternative for individuals traveling from countries, not on the prohibited entry list.  

Special Hawaii Tourism Travel Pages

Information for Japan travel may be found here(link is external)
Information for Korea travel may be found here
Information for Taiwan travel may be found here(link is external)
Information for French Polynesia travel may be found here(link is external)
Information on travel from Oceania can be found here

Visa Requirements

All international visitors to the United States are required to have a valid passport; some attendees may need a visitor visa.  Please consult the embassy or consulate in your country well in advance of travel to ensure that the appropriate documentation is obtained.  We encourage all attendees planning to attend the AAS Annual Conference and in need of a Visa to apply as early as possible (At least 6 months in advance is recommended) and to pay careful attention to U.S. State Department guidance in this matter as some requirements may have changed since you last traveled to the U.S.

Please be advised the AAS does not have any influence on government decisions related to Visa applications.  We can neither advise you on what steps you should take nor speak to anyone on your behalf.  The links below are included for your reference but it is your responsibility to follow all steps and instructions as printed and in a timely manner.  The only assistance the AAS can provide is by way of a personalized letter of invitation to be included with your Visa Application.  See the information listed below.

U.S. Visa home page  (

Visitor Visa InformationVisa Waiver ProgramU.S. Embassy/Consulate List

Letter of Invitation

If a visa is required for you to visit the United States, you will also need to carry a letter of invitation.  To request a letter of invitation, please contact the AAS Office or CLICK HERE to request a letter of invitation.

Letters of invitation are provided to the following individuals only:

  • Individuals accepted to present on a formal panel session, OR;
  • Individuals registered to attend the 2022 Annual Conference.

We will not provide a letter of invitation unless you meet one of the criteria listed above.