TRAVEL INFO

AIRLINES

SPECIAL EMC DISCOUNT FROM UNITED AIRLINES:
Individuals booking directly on United Airlines with a destination of SJC or SFO airports and travel dates between 3/11/2015 – 3/25/2015 can receive a 5% discount on economy class or 10% discount on business class. To receive the discount, you must enter the Offer Code of ZTYF698084 before finalizing your reservation.

A complete list of airlines serving the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) can be found HERE.

AIRPORT

The Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) website can be found HERE.

CLOTHING

The technical attendees at the symposium are encouraged to wear at a minimum business casual (long pants, knee length skirts, long or short sleeved shirts/blouses. Presenters, session chairs and other participants involved in the symposium program are recommended to come in business formal ware: business suit and tie or business dress.

The recommended clothing for the reception is business casual.
 
The recommended clothing for the Gala is casual.

ELECTRICAL POWER

The electrical power in the US is 120 VAC/60 Hz.  The wall sockets are Edison 3 pins (hot, return and ground), which will also accept two pin spade plug (Hot, return and no safety ground).

Any one from outside North America should plan to bring adapters/converters to use their equipment on US power.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION

There are numerous ground transportation options available at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC). A complete list of airport transportation services can be found HERE.
Find drop-off and pick-up spots by visiting this detailed map.

Services include:

  • Destination information for companies serving the airport
  • Maps and directions to transportation pick-up/drop-off areas
  • Hotel shuttle information
  • Brochures and printed materials for companies serving the airport
  • Arrangements for large groups

Contact Guest Services at (408) 392-3600.

Ground transportation information is subject to change at any time. Listed commercial carriers are registered to do business at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The airport does not endorse any commercial company, nor does it guarantee price, availability, or service.

Use this planner tool to go around using the local transportation if you already know your destination.  If you do not know where to go, here’s a tool of what to visit within a set radius on a particular day.

SALES TAX

Most personal services, rental cars, hotels rooms, entertainment and attractions are subject to sales tax.  The Santa Clara sales tax and city tax burden is 8.75%.

TIPPING

Most personal service such as full service restaurants, haircuts, beauty solons, taxies, room service, etc. all are expecting a tip to be added to the cost of the service provided.  The US Internal Revenue Service requires 15% of every sale/service a person makes in the service business to be added to their reporting of wages.  Therefore the minimum tip should be 15%.  Going lower that 15% has double the impact of your dissatisfaction of service.  In the US good service is rewarded with a 20% tip.  Tips can be added to most bills and paid for by credit card when you settle your bill.

VACCINATIONS

There are no vaccination requirements for international travelers to the U.S.. 

For your own personal health precautions you may want to follow the guidance of the World Health Organization that recommends all travelers regardless of their destination should be covered for diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and polio,.

Since most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after their are given, please visit a physician for the vaccinations at least six weeks before departure for international travel.

VISA / PASSPORTS

CLICK HERE for detailed visa / passport information.