Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, and one of the major urban areas in the Iberian Peninsula. It has excellent links with major European and world cities, by air, rail and road. Porto’s international airport, Francisco Sá Carneiro, only 15 km from the Faculty, is the country’s second busiest. The airport has consecutively been elected by ACI one of the five best European airports since 2006, including in 2015. The airport, which serves nearly 100 major international destinations, has processed a total of 6.9 million passengers in 2014 alone. There are direct flights to Porto from Brazil, Africa and North America, besides Europe. Importantly, major budget airlines operate flights to over fifty European destinations and to Morocco. Delegates can reach the city centre quickly, safely, comfortably and inexpensively by light rail (metro), bus or, alternatively, by taxi. There are also excellent connections to the other Portuguese international airports, including Lisbon, Faro (the Algarve), Madeira and the Azores, making it very easy for delegates to fly to Porto. Delegates choosing to fly into Lisbon, Portugal’s main airport, will find it easy to get to Porto, as the two cities have very good air, rail and motorway connections.
Delegates from the European Union are not required a visa to enter the country, and as Portugal is a signatory of the Schengen Agreement, delegates from most EU Member States and EFTA countries are allowed to enter the country without any particular border control. Citizens from the following list of countries are also exempt from visa entry requirements, for stays shorter than 90 days: Andorra , Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua , New Zealand, Panama , Paraguay, Vatican, Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Special Administrative Regions of the Popular Republic of China: Hong Kong SAR (holders of passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) and Macao. However, citizens of certain countries need to obtain a visa before travelling to Portugal. Participants will be advised to check visa requirements with the local Portuguese embassy or consulate. ‘Invitation letters’ will be provided by the Organising Committee upon request.
The Organising Committee also guarantees proper facilities for delegates with disabilities. In compliance of the Portuguese law, all buildings in general, and public buildings in particular are required to have wheelchair access. The conference venue therefore is properly equipped with facilities such as disabled ramps and lifts, providing delegates with disabilities with an easy access to the conference venue. Additionally, we plan to host the plenary sessions and the parallel sessions in the same building, so as to make the mobility of the delegates easier and avoid disruptions and delays to the conference programme.