Travel Information

As a CHEST 2012 attendee, exhibitor, or guest, you are eligible for discounts from the ACCP travel partners. Contact Association Travel Concepts, your own travel agent, or the travel partner directly, and refer to the contract number.

Association Travel Concepts

United Airlines
(800) 521-4041
Contract 510CK

American Airlines
(800) 433-1790
Contract 78H2BJ

(800) 328-1111
Contract NME76

Avis Rent a Car
Domestic (800) 331-1600
International (918) 664-9600
Contract J100002

Ground Transportation

Rapid Transit
MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) is Atlanta’s transit system. It not only connects from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, it also connects to the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, and Peachtree Center shopping. The cost for a one-way trip is $1.75 USD (subject to change). For more information, visit

Airport Shuttle
Available 7 days a week, from 6:30 am to 12:00 am (midnight). Vans depart every 15 minutes to hotels and every 30 minutes to return to the airport. One-way fare is $16 USD; roundtrip is $28 USD (subject to change). For more information, visit

Taxis are available from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at designated taxi stands. Approximate one-way fares from the airport to the downtown business district is $25 USD (one passenger).

Complimentary On Site Shuttle Service

Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from all CHEST 2012 hotels and the convention center. Shuttles will be available for the non-CME events and morning symposia held at the Marriott Marquis and The CHEST Foundation events (The OneBreath® Evening at the Georgia Aquarium and the OneBreath® 5K Walk/Run). Look for signs posted at the hotels for specific information.
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If you are planning to travel to the United States and live in a country that requires a Visa, we urge you to apply for one as early as possible. Below are suggestions to help you secure a Visa. The ACCP is not an authority on international travel or the Visa acquisition process. We have provided links and suggestions to assist you in your own situation.

  • Apply at the appropriate governmental office at least 5 months before intended travel.  You can check online for the wait times for appointments.
  • Be prepared to allow inkless fingerprinting and digital photographs upon entry to the United States.
  • Be accurate and specific in completing your application. Avoid mistakes. If needed, attach an additional explanation letter.
  • Attach evidence of your previous visits to the United States and of your intended return trip to your home country.
  • Acquire a police clearance, if possible.
  • Bring all documentation proving your home country connections. Suggestions include: past Visas, bank accounts, family, professional position, home ownership, and marriage license.
  • If you are presenting a paper or speaking at the meeting or are receiving an award or grant, bring copies of correspondence confirming that.
  • Bring your letter of invitation from ACCP.
  • Learn more about Temporary Visas to participate in an ACCP meeting or other temporary travel to the United States.
  • Learn more about the United States Visa application procedures.

Note:  A Visa only allows you to travel to the United States. You will still have to be admitted at your point of entry.  Click here for information from Homeland Security on the Entry Process.

Additional Information: US Visa policy permits citizens of certain countries to travel to the US without a Visa, when they meet certain requirements, under US laws. Please click here for more information about which counties participate in the Visa Waiver Program.

If you are a citizen of the following countries, you may not need a Visa to travel to the United States for CHEST 2012. As of January 12, 2009, however, all travelers from these countries are required to register online through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization. And in January 2010, the Department of Homeland Security transitioned to enforced compliance of the ESTA requirement for VWP travelers. This means that travelers who have not obtained approval through the ESTA should expect to be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States.

As the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program are subject to change in the coming months, the ACCP encourages attendees to regularly check the ESTA website for updates.

The following countries are currently part of the Visa Waiver Program:

Czech Republic


New Zealand
Republic of Malta

San Marino
South Korea
United Kingdom

Invitation Letters

Important: All letters of invitation for general attendees and their spouses will be generated automatically using the online form. Separate spouse letters may be generated with the same form. CHEST 2012 abstract and case report presenters needing additional presentation information included in the invitation letter should contact Other inquires may be directed to

Generate a letter of invitation now.

View more resources from US Customs and Border Protection about the process for entering the United States.