AIS is excited to welcome all to ICIS 2021! Beginning November 8, travel restrictions to the United States will be lifted for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19. To learn more, please visit https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-us-partly-lift-international-travel-curbs-nov-8-official-2021-10-15/. To stay up-to-date on travel rules and potential changes related to COVID-19, please visit https://www.usa.gov/covid-passports-and-travel.
Welcome! We are looking forward to seeing you in Austin, Texas, USA!
At ICIS 2021 you will have the opportunity to meet like-minded professionals from across the world and exchange information and insights, discuss research opportunities and learn about the research of others.
Additional information for international travelers – NIEs
National Interest Exceptions (NIEs)
The following US State Department site provides the most current information regarding Covid-19 travel restrictions, proclamations, and exceptions in the United States. This site also provides information for those who automatically qualify for the “National Interest Exceptions” (NIEs) and for those who may qualify for the NIEs exception.
Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/covid-19-travel-restrictions-and-exceptions.html for details. You will need to contact your nearest U.S. Embassy for details.
Additional information regarding the National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) Information.
As described on the above site, the following categories of travelers are automatically considered for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) at the Port of Entry and do not require advance approval of a NIEs from an embassy or consulate.
- Immigrants of all categories (not applicable to Proclamation 10199, which only covers nonimmigrant travel);
- Fiancé(e)s of U.S. citizens and their dependents (K visas);
- Students (F and M visas) as described here
- New or returning students present in China, Brazil, Iran, South Africa, or India may arrive no earlier than 30 days before the start of an academic program beginning August 1, 2021 or after, including optional practical training (OPT);
As described on the above site, fifteen additional categories are provided for those who may qualify for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) and are advised to consult the website of the nearest US embassy or US consulate for instructions on applying for NIEs.
“Travelers providing executive direction or vital support for critical infrastructure sectors, or directly linked supply chains, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/critical-infrastructure-sectors”;
- The critical infrastructure (CI) sectors are Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Defense Industrial Base, Emergency Services, Energy, Financial, Food and Agriculture, Government Facilities, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Nuclear Reactors, Materials & Waste, Transportation Systems, Water
- Related to these CI sectors, the following ICIS 2021 tracks could be relevant (with the accepted ICIS 2021 paper counts in brackets):
- Sustainability (12)
- Resilience (12)
- Cybersecurity… (14)
- Blockchain (18)
- IS in Healthcare (25)
- IOT… (7)
- Digital and Mobile Commerce (15)
- Two other tracks could be: HCI (17) and AI (18)
AIS will assist on providing invitation letter upon request. Complete the Invitation Letter Request Form
Here are a few details you may want to know prior to registering for the conference or before coming to the United States.
If you are not familiar with the United States culture you may want to become familiar with them prior to traveling.
To help you with your travel arrangements, below are links to important information regarding visa invitation letters, visas, and other resources.