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Palais de la Musique et des Congrès
Strasbourg, France
9 - 12 September 2019
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Visa Information and Invitation Requests

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Nationals of all Western European countries can visit France 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 French Embassy in your country. 

Depending on your nationality, a visa is required when intending to travel to France. All visas must be applied for prior to departure at the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the applicant’s country of residence.

The type of visa required depends both on the duration and purpose of your stay in France: tourism, professional purposes, studies, family purposes.

For stays equal to, or shorter than 90 days

Regulations and types of visas vary according to the French territory you intend to visit:

  • For European territory (mainland France), France complies with Schengen regulations related to the Schengen area, and issues a short-stay Uniform Schengen visa;
  • For non-European territories (French overseas territories), France issues a short-stay national visa;
  • If you intend to transit through a French airport without exiting the “international zone”, please check whether you need to apply for an "A" airport transit Schengen visa.

For visa application form and  the latest information, please visit the Official Website for Visa Application to France or check with your local French Embassy or Consulate.

Letter of Invitation


Individuals requiring letters of invitation to obtain travel visas must be listed on a paper or in the programme to receive an invitation letter. If you are listed in the conference programme, and are in need of an Official Invitation Letter from SPIE for visa application purposes, please submit the completed Invitation Letter Form and send it to invitationlettersEU@spieeurope.org.


Once we receive your email, we will process your letter as soon as possible. (Be prepared that this process may take up to 15 working days depending on the volume of requests received.)  We will then send your prepared letter to our contact in France, where the letter will be signed and emailed/mailed to you. You will only receive a sample PDF directly from us.

FOR EXHIBITORS: If you are an exhibitor requiring a letter of invitation from SPIE to obtain a travel visa to participate in the Exhibition, please fill out and send the Exhibitor Invitation Letter Request Form.

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.

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Important Author Dates

Abstracts due
25 September 2019

Author notification
2 December 2019

Post-Meeting Manuscripts
26 February 2020

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