On arrival in Italy, visitors must show a valid national passport or other document satisfactorily establishing their identity and nationality. The passport must be valid for at least six months after date of arrival.

In addition to a passport, visitors to Italy may also need a visa.


Depending on your citizenship or country of long-term residence, you may need to secure a visa before traveling to Italy. All visas must be obtained at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of long-term residence. Visas are not available at the border or at the airport.

To find out what your particular visa requirements are please visit the official website of the Italian foreign ministry.

Should you need a visa to travel to Italy, you will need to officially apply for your visa at the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence, providing a letter of invitation. The letter of invitation establishes the purpose of your trip to Italy and provides information on your proposed stay in Italy.

The EGA Organizing Secretariat can assist you with obtaining a letter of invitation.

Obtaining a letter of invitation

To obtain a letter of invitation from the EGA Organizing Secretariat, please proceed as follows:

  1. Download the letter of invitation form.
  2. Fill in the letter of invitation form, save it, and forward it to the EGA Organizing Secretariat at
  3. Upload a scanned copy of your passport to the EGA Organizing Secretariat through the dedicated WLS 2014 registration website.

The EGA Organizing Secretariat will return a duly signed and stamped copy of your letter of invitation to you by e-mail.

The signed and stamped letter of invitation that you receive must be presented to the Italian Embassy or Consulate where you apply for your visa.

Please note that the letter of invitation does not substitute for a visa to travel to and enter Italy.

Please note that neither the WLA nor EGA can be held responsible if visa applicants do not receive a visa in sufficient time to attend WLS 2014.

Please note that the EGA Organizing Secretariat cannot contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office abroad on behalf of participants. Therefore, please begin your visa application process as soon as you decide to attend WLS 2014.