ATS 2023 International Conference to Provide Invaluable Opportunities for Global Attendees

Each year, approximately 40 percent of ATS International Conference attendees come from outside of the United States to learn, present, and network to advance care for respiratory diseases.

Those planning to travel to Washington, DC, from countries other than the United States will need a U.S. visa unless they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. Participants who are not citizens of countries that are part of the Visa Waiver Program, or are not eligible to participate in the VWP, can find out how to obtain a visa from the U.S. Department of State. Attendees who do not have access to the internet should contact their nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for further information.

Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF
Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF

“Most embassies are still dealing with the long-term effects of closures during COVID-19,” ATS President Gregory P. Downey, MD, ATSF, said. “Those requesting a visa for the first time will likely have to wait for their application to be processed for up to six or seven months, so international attendees need to plan ahead.”

The ATS provides an official letter of invitation for ATS 2023 International Conference attendees. While it is not a requirement for visa applications, the letter of invitation can be helpful as a supporting document. This letter does not guarantee admittance into the U.S., but it can provide compelling evidence for immigration officials to consider. To generate a customized letter, participants can fill out the online form or request that one be mailed by e-mailing their name, address, passport number, and arrival and departure dates to [email protected]. Attendees should note that the name on their letter of invitation must be identical to how it appears on their passport.

This year’s conference will also feature robust networking opportunities, including the International Participants Center. This space will provide global attendees a space to consult with one another on the pressing issues affecting their local populations. The IPC also provides a space for Methods in Epidemiologic, Clinical, and Operations Research Program participants to connect with others completing the course in other countries.

“While experts from outside the United States travel to the ATS International Conference for the latest advancements in thoracic medicine, they also come for the opportunity to connect with their colleagues from around the world,” Dr. Downey said. “Many people felt that an essential aspect of human connection was lost with the virtual conferences during COVID-19, so we are still very excited to host the international conference in person again.”

The ATS 2023 International Conference will also feature a global community space for regional and national medical societies to set up booths and display the work they’re doing in their communities.

“Global health doesn’t just concern people from outside the United States,” Dr. Downey explained. “Many professionals who live in the U.S. have interests and connections outside of the country. To collaborate on research, participate in a project, or establish long-term connections, people generally want to meet in person first.”

For international groups and participants: FHTglobal is working with Maritz Global Events to provide international travelers to the International Conference concierge-style travel support through an “a la carte” package, where you can create your travel arrangements based on your needs. Package options include rooms with breakfast, airport transfers, porterage, local transport, and more. For more information, visit to see the options available.

Don’t Miss ATS 2024 Highlights: On Demand

Don’t forget that ATS 2024 Highlights: On Demand are available to all conference registrants! On Demand will give you access to the Opening Ceremony, Plenary session, Keynote Series, Clinical Year in Review, Adult Clinical Core Curriculum, and so much more. The topics will cover ILD, asthma, health equity, and CF, to name just a few. On Demand content will be accessible to all ATS 2024 full conference and On Demand registrants until March 2025.