Guidline for VISA

We advise you to check as soon as possible with the French consular services in your country to know the list of documents required and the waiting period to obtain your visa (variable from one country to another).

Please note that the visa of French embassies and consulates are generally by appointment.

In case of refusal of visas by the French authorities, the ICOIP 2018 will not be held responsible if you are requested to cancel your participation to the conference.

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Invitation Letter

Important information regarding invitation letters (please read):

Your name must be listed exactly as it appears on your passport. Any differences between the name on your passport and the name on your invitation letter or other documentation could lead to a delay and/or denial of your visa.
Please note ICOIP Conferences and the organizing committee of the conference are not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Notification of Invitation Letter and invitation letter under the name of conference Committee Board. Should your application be denied, ICOIP Conferences and the organizing committee of the conference cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will ICOIP Conference and the organizing committee of the conference engage in discussion or correspondence with the MOFA or the Embassy on behalf of the applicant. The registration fee cannot be refunded when the VISA application of individual being denied.
It takes time for the Embassy to process the VISA application, please register as early as you can to make sure you have enough time.

Travel Tips

Poitiers in Poitou-Charentes is a beautiful city built on a rocky promontory that is full of Romanesque heritage and over 80 listed monuments.

The regional capital of Poitou-Charentes, Poitiers has had a long and varied history since its founding during the Roman conquest in the 1st century BC with baths and an ampitheatre known to have existed before a huge city wall was built in the 4th century. Religion has played an important part in the city’s history with Renaissance reconstructions of the churches and, during the 17th century, 15 religious orders arrived. In the Middle Ages the Counts of Poitou and the Dukes of Aquitaine set themselves up at the stunning Palace of Poitiers. The palace began construction in 1000 and was finished in 1100 as the home of the Counts of Poitou and Dukes of Aquitaine but since the 13th century it has been primarily used an administrative building. It became the law court after the Revolution and is still used for this purpose today although visitors are allowed into this wonderful Flamboyant Gothic structure.

Poitiers has several churches and the cathedral St Pierre is a masterpiece of Angevin Gothic architecture, filled with rich furniture and a Romanesque style window of the crucifixion. Other churches worth a look are the abbey church of St Jean de Montierneuf that is entirely constructed from freestone chiselled by hand and the Church of Notre Dame de la Grande, a Romanesque church with its famous western facade and a splendid frieze of the events fo the Old Testament above the main portal. Restored in the mid-1990s, the western front of the church is illuminated with coloured lights at night, recalling how it would have looked when it was painted in colours in the past. The baptistery, built in the 5th century has had its octagonal pool, used for full body baptisms, conserved and has some wonderful Romanesque and Gothic wall paintings.

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