Travel & Visa Information
Airports NEAR TO FLORENCE
All international airports in Italy are used for international flights, as well as for local and charter flights.
Florence Airport, Peretola
Modern, single runway airport, serving Florence, with a 2-floor terminal building & city bus links.
Phone : +39 055 30615
Web Site : aeroporto.firenze.it
Leonardo da Vinci International Airport
Rome airport named after the famous inventor & served by 30 minute express train to Termini Station.
Phone : +39 06 65951
Web Site : adr.it
Malpensa AirportOne of the world's oldest sites of continuous aviation hosting international & domestic flights.
Phone : +39 02 232323
Web Site : milanomalpensa-airport.com
Pisa International AirportAirport also known as Galileo Galilei, with a new train link to central Pisa.
Phone : +39 050 849111
Web Site : pisa-airport.com
VISA APPLICATION / INVITATION LETTER
EU, EEA AND SWISS CITIZENS +As citizens of EU member states and European Economic Area, you will not need a visa to enter the country.
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania and Sweden, Island, Liechtenstein and Norway.
CITIZENS OF OTHER COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA +The following states do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days , but require a valid passport to enter Italy:
Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Bermuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldava, Monaco, Montenegro, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Salvador, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Vatican and Venezuela.
CITIZENS OF STATES THAT REQUIRE A VISA +It is quite easy to know if you are citizens of countries that will need VISA in order to enter Italy when visiting the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy:
Schengen Visas are available to short-stay travellers from non-member states and reduced fees are available for some nationalities and for children. The single-entry visa allows travellers to enter the Schengen area once and travel within it. The multiple-entry visa allows you to enter and leave the Schengen area multiple times within the allocated time permitted. Validity of a Schengen Visa is up to 90 days within a six-month period. To apply for a Schengen Visa you need to apply in person to the nearest Italian embassy or consulate. All visa applicants aged 12 and over must submit biometric data at their visa appointment. It is generally only possible to extend a Schengen Visa if proof is provided of serious personal/occupational reasons, humanitarian grounds or force majeure.
US CITIZENS +American citizens are not required a visa to enter Italy if they plan to stay under 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned departure date.
Americans staying or traveling within Italy for less than 3 months are considered non-residents. All non-residents are required to complete a declaration of presence. Citizens arriving from a non-Schengen-countrysh should obtain a stamp in their passport at the airport on the day of arrival. This stamp is considered the equivalent of the declaration of presence.
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND CITIZENS +Australian citizens planning on staying in Italy for less than 90 days are not required a visa. Your passport has to have at least six-month validity from your planned date of return.
New Zealanders do not require a visa to enter Italy and can spend up to three months in the country. However, they will need a return ticket and a passport with at least three-month validity from their planned departure date.
INVITATIONS LETTERS +Some embassies may request an Invitation Letter from the Conference Organizing Committee to verify that the exact person is going to participate that specific conference (That is why, please DO NOT forget to write down your exact Passport number while filling out your PROFILE).
It may also be necessary to verify that the requester has paid the registration fee in full. Therefore there are some requirements for providing an 'Invitation Letter' that to be used for visa application.Conference Invitation letters should only be issued to:
- Attendees who have made their complete Registration at the conference web site and paid their Registration fee in full;
- Committee members.
All additional questions concerning your visa application status should be pointed to the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or to the respective Italian Embassy in your country.
Conference Organizing Committee is not taking the responsibility if some attendant's visa request is granted or not. There is NO TAX REFUND due to this reason.
Coming from ABROAD to Florence
WHEN YOU FLYING TO FLORENCE +Hundreds airlines offering direct flights to the Florence Airport, Peretola that is just 9 km (a 20-minute car ride) from the conference venue.
SOME APPROXIMATE FLIGHT TIMES: From Sydney- about 21 hours, From New York- about 12 hours, From Moscow- about 3 hours, From London- About 2 hours
WHEN YOU TRAVEL BY RAIL +With 144 train and coach companies in and across 36 countries you can go anywhere from Florence with train! Services operate from the central train station in Florence, Santa Maria Novella or Firenze SMN, 1 Piazza Unita'Italiana, which is known as Piazza della Stazione, in the north of the city. Florence's station is also close to much of the historic center, so if you're traveling light you may even be able to walk to your hotel or to do any sightseeing
SOME APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIMES: From Milan - 1 hour 40 minutes; From Rome - 1 hours 30 minutes; From Pisa- 50 minutes; From Bologna- 40 minutes;
WHEN YOU TRAVEL BY ROAD +An excellent network of motorways in Italy. The main north-south link is the "Autostrada del Sole", which links Milan with Reggio Calabria.
MOTORWAYS:All motorways are tolled except for a very few exceptions and the speed limits are 130kph. Alternatively, opt for the toll-free strade statali, which are often fast, multi-lane carriageways with speed limit is 110kph. The minimum age for driving a car is 18 years.ROUTES:Italy's central road artery, the A1, links Florence to Milan, Bologna, Rome and Naples. Depending on the direction of approach, access is via the first exit marked 'Firenze' (Nord or Sud). From there, signs for the city centre are marked centro. The "Autostrada del Mare" (A11) is the main road to Pisa and the coast, linking the city to Tuscan towns such as Prato and Siena.INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC COACHES:All international coaches depart from Piazza della Stazione, that is close to Santa Maria Novella train station. The station operates an extensive coach service to major European cities- Barcelona, Brussels, London, Paris and Prague. For domestic travel coaches arrive and depart from Sita Bus Station on Via Santa Caterina da Siena.SOME APPROXIMATE TRAVEL TIMES TO FLORENCE: From Milan- 3 hours; From Rome - 2 hours; From Pisa- 50 minutes; From Bologna-about 40 minutes;