Apply now for your Visa!
If you need a travel visa, begin the visa application process now! You need to allow a minimum of 6 weeks processing time for the entire visa application process (from application for the invitation letter to receiving the visa). Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in the past. See links below for more information about Visa and passport requirements for travel to the Czech Republic.
Nationals of all Western European countries can visit the Czech Republic without a visa; US, Canadian, and Australian passport holders can stay up to 90 days without a visa. For additional details and specific visa requirements, please contact the Czech Embassy in your country.
To find out more about the Czech visa, please visit the web pages of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic:
The following web page provides links to the actual application forms at:
Letters of Invitation
FOR CONFERENCE CHAIRS, TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AUTHORS, and EXHIBITORS:
Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must be listed on a paper or in the program to receive an invitation letter. If you are listed in the program, and are in need of an Official Invitation Letter from SPIE for visa application purposes, please complete the interactive online Invitation Letter Request Form.
Please fill out a separate form for each person requesting a letter.
- 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.
All letters of invitation will be sent by airmail and by email (as a PDF attachment) unless a courier account number or credit card number with expiration date is provided with the original request.
Your request will be processed as soon as possible; however, please allow up to 15 business days to process your request.
SPIE is unable to contact Embassies in support of an individual attempting to gain entry to attend an SPIE meeting,
- In case you are unable to connect via the link provided above, please copy and paste the Invitation Letter Form link: https://www.conference.cz/forms/2017/spieEOO2017/visa-invitation
We recommend that you secure your travel visa before registering for the conference as cancellations after the preregistration cutoff may result in a cancellation fee.
PLEASE NOTE: COMPLETE AND SUBMIT AN INVITATION LETTER REQUEST BY 31 MARCH.
Requests for invitation letters received beyond this date may not have sufficient time to apply and receive the visa from the Embassy.