CHI 2021 will be held at the Pacifico Convention Center in Yokohama, Japan which is about 20 miles south of Tokyo. Yokohama is considered part of the "Greater Tokyo Area" our page on Getting to Yokohama has much more detail on buses, trains and transfers. This page below provides a general introduction to arriving in Japan and visa advice.
Arriving in Japan
If you are flying to Japan (GMT+9, dialing code of +81), the closest airports to the CHI venue are Haneda (HND) and Narita (NRT) airports. From Haneda (Tokyo International Airport) it is about 20 minutes by car, 40 minutes by bus, and about 30 minutes by train. From Narita International Airport it's about 120 minutes by car / bus and about 100 minutes by train.
The Pacifico conference venue provides a venue access website with an "access and area map" as a PDF download, details of the nearest train stations, more details of access by air, access by train/car and further transport company links.
If you are a foreign national coming to Japan for CHI 2021 please check if you require a visa. The following visa information can help facilitate your participation at CHI but is provided for guidance only. We further note that all volunteers involved with the organisation of CHI 2021 are engaged in voluntary and unpaid activities.
Exemption of Visa (Short-Term Stay)
As of April 2020, Japan has Visa Exemption Arrangements with 68 countries and regions as listed on this Japanese Government website. Only those nationals and citizens of those countries and regions shown on the linked page are not required to obtain visas to enter Japan when their visits are tourism, commerce, conferences, visiting relatives/acquaintances, etc. Everyone else requires a visa. To enter Japan, foreign nationals require a passport valid for the duration of their intended stay and will be photographed and have their fingerprints taken.
Visa support letters
If you are not eligible for an exemption, then for information on visa requirements, please visit the Japan Visa website. The ACM does not issue formal invitation letters to the CHI conference, but we can provide a Support Letter that you can submit with your visa application.
Prior to Conference Registration Opening
If you are the presenting author of an accepted CHI paper, you may request a letter of support prior to registering. Please email the CHI 2021 Visa Chair and General Chairs indicating the name of your accepted paper to CHI 2021 and list of authors. The letter provided will include the title and authors of your paper. Further details may be added to this page by November 2020.
Once Conference Registration is Open
Visa Support Letters are provided by the registration team once a registration has been confirmed and paid for. You can register at the CHI registration site. The Visa Support Letter request form (fillable pdf) can be downloaded from the confirmation page after you have completed registration. Note: once the conference registration system is open, a Visa Support Letter cannot be issued until after you have registered for the conference.
Last Updated: May 18th, 2020