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Visa Info


Participants coming from EU countries and citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, do not need visas to enter Italy. Most NON-EU citizens (and participants from other countries) will need a visa. We strongly recommend that you consult the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for updated and detailed information for foreigners regarding entrance visas for Italy and permits of stay.

Information is offered in English and other languages. Applications for visas must be submitted at the Italian Consulate or Embassy in your country of origin or where you have permanent residence, at least 3 months prior the congress. If you are living in another country, you may find the Italian Consulate or Embassy willing to let you apply for a visa from there, but this is entirely up to the Consulate to decide.

Official Letters of Invitation

Official letters of invitation, designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries, will be sent upon request after registration is complete, and upon receipt of the appropriate registration payment from the delegate. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Scientific Committee or Congress to provide any financial assistance. All expenses incurred with relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate. Delegates requiring an official letter of invitation in order to obtain a visa to attend the Congress, should contact the Organizing Secretariat at:

Please note that it is the sole responsibility of the delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements. Delegates who require an entry visa must allow adequate time for the application procedure. You should consider approximately 12 weeks prior to the Congress, although this process may take longer in some countries. If a delegate’s visa application is turned down by the embassy/consulate, the delegate may apply to the Organizing Secretariat for a refund of his/her registration fee. Full proof that the visa application was denied must be provided. For our policy on hotel accommodation refunds, please refer to the hotels section.


Visa requests should have the following requirements:

  1. Indication of the conference registration number that should correspond to a valid registration (payment of registration completed)
  2. Indication if the letter is requested via regular mail or email or both
  3. In case the letter is requested via regular mail a complete postal address should be given
  4. Requests should be sent only to Emails sent to several addresses will not receive answer. Please send the email only one time and wait 72 hours for reply. Emails sent more than one time in 72 hours will not receive answer.

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The Symposium will be held at the Palace Hotel Bari.

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