Travel to the FPGA 2020 Venue

Travel to the FPGA 2020 Venue

Passports and Visas

ALL travelers need a passport to enter the USA, including Canadians and Americans.
Many people living outside of the USA also need a visa for entry issued by the USA embassy. Please check whether you need a visa to enter the USA and arrange it as soon as possible because it may take a significant amount of time to get.
For visa support letters, refer all requests to Please allow up to 10 business days to receive a letter. All requests are handled in the order they are received. The information below should be included with the request:
  • Your name as it appears on your passport
  • Your current postal mailing address, fax number, or email
  • Specify that the name of the conference you are attending is "FPGA 2020"
  • Your registration confirmation number
  • If you have any papers accepted for the conference, please provide the title and indicate whether you are the "sole author" or a "co-author"
  • Authors should indicate their paper/poster title. If no paper/poster, speakers can provide the title of their presentation.
ACM does not provide letters for transport of vendor or presenter equipment. ACM suggests shipping the materials insured to the conference facility.

Further information is available here:

If you need other documentation that ACM cannot help with, you may contact
All travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must have an approved Travel Authorization which must be completed before taking their flight to the USA. Please see the ESTA Travel Authorization Application web page:

Airports, Map, and Directions

Map & directions from nearby airports

• International travelers: San Francisco Airport (SFO) is a leisurely 2.0hr drive. (Driving directions from SFO)

• Domestic travelers: San Jose Airport (SJC) is a leisurely 1.5hr drive. (Driving directions from SJC)

Monterey Airport (MRY) has connecting flights to several major US cities (SFO, LAX, DEN, PHX, LAS, SLC) and is less than 10 minutes from the conference hotel (taxis available).

• You can rent a car and drive from SFO/SJC, or you can search the web to find shuttle bus operators that service Monterey from SFO/SJC. Monterey is a popular tourism destination, so there are plenty of options. A few of the options are listed at



Travel Grant

A limited number of travel grants are available for the FPGA'20 participants. The travel grant is mostly intended for students and those with limited or no funds to travel to the conference. It is intended to encourage wider participation, especially of minorities and those who are in their early years of FPGA research. A number of factors would be considered by the committee, including the need justification, whether the applicant is a student (not a requirement), whether the applicant is helping in the efforts to evaluate artifacts (a plus), and whether a paper or poster is being presented by the applicant. The last condition is a plus, but not a requirement; in fact, the committee would look positively at applications that show the participant is looking for networking opportunities and learning more about FPGAs to enrich their FPGA research.

Applications for travel grants can be submitted through this link. The deadline for submission is January 2nd, 2020. The travel grant committee will announce the recipients by around January 10, 2020 (before the early registration cut-off date).


Child-care Grant Application

A limited number of child-care grants are available for the FPGA'20 participants. Applications can be submitted through this link. The deadline for submission is February 9, 2020.


The Monterey Peninsula is famous for its many attractions and recreational activities, such as John Steinbeck's famous Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Additional information about Monterey and the surrounding area can be found at the following sites: