World Congress of Science and Factual Producers

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Host Hotel: Hilton San Francisco Union Square

This year's WCSFP will take place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Located in the theatre district, the hotel is a short walk to cable cars with easy access to Chinatown, Nob Hill and night clubs.

Hilton San Francisco Union Square
333 O'Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA
USA, 94102

Members can take advantage of special rates starting at $219/night USD (+ fees and taxes). Book online or call 1-800-HILTONS and ask for code WCS.


WCSFP welcomes Delta as our preferred airline, offering a discount to all members on round-trip flights to San Francisco between November 24 and December 6. To book, use meeting code NMQRR on the Book a Flight page or call 1.800.328.1111.

WCSFP Preferred Airline

Visa Information

Depending on your country of origin, you may require a Visa or an ESTA to travel to San Francisco. The Academies’ International Visitors Office, recommends that participants from countries for which visas are required for entry into the U.S. begin their application process at least four months before their travel date.

Citizens of Canada who are travelling with a Canadian passport do not need an ESTA to enter the US.

Citizens or nationals of the following countries are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, unless citizens of one of these countries are also a national of Iraq, Iran, Syria, or Sudan. An approved ESTA (U.S. Travel Authorization) is mandatory for all Visa Waiver travelers entering the U.S. by air or sea after January 12, 2009.

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

What Is The Electronic System For Travel Authorization (ESTA)?
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. Travelers that possess a valid U.S. visa may travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose it was issued. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA.

For more information and to determine whether you require an ESTA to travel please go to


Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP): * Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country). * Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

As of April 1, 2016, you must have an e-passport to use the VWP