Conference participants may need a Chinese visa to enter China. Specifically, those who are not Chinese citizens, except passport holders from Singapore, Brunei, and Japan, need a Chinese visa. Participants can apply for a visa at the Chinese embassy or consulate in the region in which they live. To avoid uncertainty, participants will be advised to apply for a visa as early as possible. It is recommended that they apply for a Chinese visa at least 1 month in advance.
For most attendees, it is easier to apply for a Tourist ("L") visa; an invitation letter is NOT required for obtaining a Tourist visa. If some participants need another type of visa that does require an invitation letter, the IVPAI local arrangement committee will be glad to help. To obtain an invitation letter, please send e-mail to, together with your registration, and in the case of being an author, your accepted paper ID.

Alternatively, participants may ask their travel agents to arrange their travel to China and obtain a tourist visa irrespective of whether or not they have registered with the Conference Secretary. 
For more information, please contact the local Chinese Embassy in your country or visit the website:


Please note IVPAI is not authorized to assist with the VISA process beyond providing the Notification of Acceptance Letter and Invitation Letter (after registration) issued by the IVPAI Committee Board. Should your application be denied, IVPAI cannot change the decision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nor will IVPAI 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.

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