String Pheno 2017 - July 3-7, 2017 - Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia
String Pheno 2017 - July 3-7, 2017 - Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, Virginia


International Travel Information

It is our goal to make String Phenomenology 2017 representative of the diverse and vibrant international community working on this topic. We understand that some of you may have concerns about the recent US Executive Order on Travel and Immigration. If you are worried that this may affect your participation in this conference, please contact us to discuss options. 

VISA Information

Conference attendees who reside outside the United States may need to apply for a VISA at the American Embassy, consulate, or other visa issuing office in their country of origin. Please begin your VISA application process as soon as possible, as applications may take several months to process.

For information on obtaining your visa, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.

If you have any questions regarding how to obtain your VISA or procedures for visitation, please visit the website of Virginia Tech's Cranwell International Center.

Instructions for requesting an Invitation Letter

Many VISA issuing offices require that you present a letter of invitation to the conference, proof of conference registration, and airline ticket confirmation, along with your visa application. If you need a letter of invitation to the conference, please use the form below or email the following information to Michelle Kovac (

1. Your full name as it appears on your passport:

2. Your professional or academic title:

3. The name of your school, department, institution, lab, or business:

4. Your full mailing address



Getting to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA

By air:
The closest major airport is Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (, about 38 miles northeast of Blacksburg. It is serviced by Allegiant Air, American, United Airlines, or Delta, which connect to dozens of leading metropolitan cities (Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Charlotte).

International Flights:
Dulles International Airport (Airport Code: IAD)
All direct international flights to Washington, DC fly into Dulles. From Dulles, you may take a direct flight to Roanoke, VA, take the MegaBus ( to Christiansburg, VA where you will take the SmartWay Bus to Blacksburg, VA or you may rent a car and drive to Blacksburg, VA from the Dulles International Airport.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Airport Code: CLT)
All direct international flights to Charlotte, NC fly into Charlotte Douglas International Airport. From Charlotte, you may take a direct flight to Roanoke, VA, tor you may rent a car and drive to Blacksburg, VA from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Ground Transportation Available:  The following are options for any ground transportation you may need after your arrival. These services can be found on the first floor of the terminal near the baggage claim area.

Roanoke Airport Transportation Service ( provides easy access to Blacksburg and the Inn at Virginia Tech. The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from scenic Blacksburg. 
Reservations call: 1-800-288-1958 or 540-345-7710
Services available include shuttle and private car. Reservations in advance are required, offering 24 hour service.

Smart Way Bus Service (  
1-800-388-7005 or 540-982-6622 
Service is $4 per person to Blacksburg. The bus operates Monday through Saturday (does not run on Sunday) at regularly scheduled times. Bus drops off on the Virginia Tech campus at the Squires Student Center stop. Visit the website for the exact route and times.

Cab Services: The following cab services are available from the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

  • Go Green Taxi 540-397-5555
  • CityCab 540-815-5050
  • Salem Taxi 540-389-5555
  • Liberty Cab 540-344-1776
  • Yellow Cab 540-345-7711

Car Rental Information:

By Car:

Driving Directions:
From I-81 (southbound or northbound): Exit 118B Blacksburg/460 West. Exit Prices Fork Rd/Downtown, Route 412 East. Right at first traffic light into hotel entrance.

Google Maps:

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