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Housing & Travel

Given the quickly changing world, we will update this page as needed so please check back regularly for updates or changes. This page was last updated: 27 February 2023.

Housing & Venue

ISSVA Debates & Updates 2023 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston (One Avenue de Lafayette; Boston, Massachusetts 02111), which is conveniently located near many shops, restaurants and historical sites. 

The Boston Marathon event will be happening on Monday, 17 April, so there are a limited number of hotel rooms available on the night of 17 April, so we encourage you to book your hotel room quickly.

We are pleased to offer a special ISSVA conference rate for arrival 18 April thru 24 April.  If you need to reserve a guest room for the night of 17 April, please email for assistance.

Book Your Hotel Room Now! 

Room block cut-off date: 20 March 2023



While many of the travel restrictions catered around COVID-19 have been lifted, we encourage you to check this information prior to booking travel arrangements or boarding a plane to the United States. At the time of writing, there were no COVID-19 travel restrictions for entry into the United States.

The ISSVA Board of Directors encourages all in-person meeting participants to be fully up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including the primary vaccination (series) and any government-recommended boosters. However, for the ISSVA "Debates & Updates" 2023 Meeting, this is not required to attend. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person, we invite you to register to attend our meeting virtually.

Letter of Invitation

ISSVA is able to provide participants with a Letter of Invitation and any course-related documentation needed to assist in obtaining a visa. Please note that ISSVA is unable to contact the Embassy on your behalf. It is the responsibility of each participant to make the necessary arrangements related to this process. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the ISSVA organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the meeting are the sole responsibility of the attendee. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will receive a visa. The decision to grant visas is at the sole discretion of the embassy/consulate. The meeting organizers cannot change the decision of the governmental agency should your application be denied.

Passports and Visas

Prior to booking a flight, we encourage you to make sure you have your travel documents in order, including a passport, visa (if needed) and other items for regular travel. Please guarantee that you have the correct travel documents to enter both the United States, as well as any countries you may have a flight layover in; transiting passengers may require a visa or may be asked to follow COVID protocol, even if just transferring through the airport.

The Government of the United States requires that all international visitors carry a valid passport to enter the country. In addition to your passport, you may also require a visa. For current entry requirements, please visit the US Department of State website. Advance travel planning and early visa application are important. It is recommended that you apply early for your visa.