Depending on your nationality and the country in which the congress is being held, you may be required to obtain a visa in order to attend. Please contact the country embassy / consulate closest to your place of residence to verify the full requirements concerning visas.
You may apply for:
- a Tourist Visa
- or a Business Visa
We strongly suggest that you apply for a simple Tourist Visa, as applying for a Business Visa requires a number of supporting documents.
If, however, you wish to apply for a Business Visa, we can send you an Invitation Letter that will bear the stamp of the AOP HEAD OFFICE. You may also be required to provide additional supporting documents such as a hotel reservation. AOP is unable to provide you with any additional supporting documents, these are your responsibility.
To obtain your Invitation Letter please follow the process outlined below.
What is the procedure?
- Register for the congress at least six weeks in advance (the delay for obtaining a visa varies according to the country).
- Once your registration has been processed we will send you an invoice, take note of its number.
- Fill in the request form not forgetting to include your invoice number in the appropriate field.
- Your Invitation Letter will be sent to you by email within two working days.
Q: Why have I not received my invoice number yet?
A: Once you have registered you will receive your invoice automatically. If you registered and haven't received it, please contact us to find out the status of your registration.
Q: Can I request an Invitation Letter without having my invoice number?
A: No, you must include your invoice number on the request form. Any demand which is missing any information will not be taken into account.
Q: I work for an exhibiting company and don’t have an individual invoice number for my
registration. What do I do?
A: You must obtain the invoice number from your company that corresponds to their participation in the congress. Then follow the normal steps using this invoice number and filling in the additional information requested.
Q: I am a speaker of the conference and do not have an invoice number, what do I do?
A: In the space provided for the invoice number, please indicate "I have been invited as a speaker".
Q: I require more information about visa requirements
A: Please contact your local embassy/consulate to obtain the full visa details and country specific requirements depending on your nationality.
Q: My visa was not granted. Can I get a reimbursement?
A: Yes, you must send us the formal written answer from the Embassy or Consulate by email or fax. Once we have received the document, we will reimburse you the total amount you paid minus a 30 Euro administrative fee. Please note that we are unable to reimburse you if you do not supply us with an official document.
Metro (subway): Line 1 (La Défense – Château de Vincennes), "Porte Maillot" station – Palais des Congrès exit.
RER suburban trains: Line C (Pontoise), "Neuilly – Porte Maillot" station – Palais des Congrès exit.
Car: Inner loop of the Paris ring road (périphérique intérieur) : Porte Maillot exit. Outer loop of the Paris ring road (périphérique extérieur) : Porte des Ternes exit. Underground parking (almost 1,700 parking spaces) with direct access to the Palais des Congrès.
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Whether you know it for its world-class collection of art or the iconic glass pyramid at its center, the Louvre is one museum that truly has something for everyone. Once a royal palace, the building is over 800 years old and is now home to a collection of more than 35,000 objections ranging from Egyptian antiquities to decorative arts and, of course, Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
Nestled on the top of a hill to the north of Paris is Montmartre, the home of the city's bohemian culture, many of its most famous Impressionist artists and the Moulin Rouge. While away a few hours exploring the area's cobbled side streets; discover a hidden vineyard, cosy crêperies, unique Parisian boutiques and the beautiful Byzantine architecture of the Sacré-Cœur.
Housed in a beautiful former railway station on the banks of the Seine, the Musée d'Orsay is almost as famous as the Louvre for its collection of Impressionist paintings and sculptures. The modern interior is home to countless masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Degas, Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec.
There are plenty of parks in Paris and Buttes-Chaumont is one of the most spectacular. The 61-acre park has been enjoyed by Parisians since the reign of Napoleon for its rolling green hills, leafy forest and expansive lake. While you walk around this city idyll, make sure to take in the grotto, 20-meter waterfall and the magical Temple de la Sibylle.
The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic monument in the whole of Paris and a must for first-time visitors to the city. Seven million tourists travel from all over the world every year to admire the tower's graceful structure and see its magical hourly sparkle. Those who make it up the 704 steps (the less daring can take the lift) are rewarded with an incomparable view of the city.
The Pompidou may be even more famous for its controversial architecture than its collection of modern art, sculptures and installations. Its busy and colourful exterior sets it apart from any other building in Paris and is certainling worth a visit. Step inside and you'll find a boutique library, quirky eateries and the crème de la crème of modern art.
One of Paris' liveliest and most charming areas is the Latin Quarter on the Seine's left bank. Home to one of the world's oldest and most prestigious university, the Sorbonne, the area is still popular among students today for its bars, bistros and character. The Latin Quarter is also home to Paris' oldest English language bookshop, Shakespeare and Company.
Take a daytrip outside of the city to marvel at one of Europe's finest palaces, the Château de Versailles. Once the French royalty's country retreat, the palace is now world-renowned for its beautiful French Baroque architecture, opulent interiors and spectacular size. The palace's Hall of Mirrors and expansive gardens and grounds are certainly worth a visit.
One of the most recent additions to Paris' long list of cultural attractions is the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Take a breather from the bustle of the city in the nearby Bois de Boulogne and it won't be long before you catch a glimpse of a building like no other. The $143 million structure is a modern masterpiece, designed to resemble a ship and housing world-class modern works.
3rd & 4th arrondissements
For a taste of Paris' city culture today, take a break from the tourist sites and simply spend the afternoon sipping a coffee on the streets of the Marais. Modern Parisians come to the area to explore its boutiques or simply watch the world go by in the Place des Vosges. Don't forget to visit the rue des Rosiers for a taste of the Marais' famous falafel.
Situated on one of Paris' islands, the Île de la Cité, the Notre-Dame Cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest example of French Gothic archictecture in the world. Visitors can climb the cathedral's 387 steps to for a closer inspection of its gruesome gargoyles, or keep their feet on the ground to admire the spectacular rose windows.
One of Paris' most recognizable monuments is the monumental Arc de Triomphe, standing at the top of the Champs-Elysées in the middle of Place Charles de Gaulle. Built in the 1800s to commemorate French military losses, the building is a typical example of neoclassical architecture. Visitors can climb the monument's 284 steps for a panoramic view of Paris.