2019 World Congress - Travel and Visa







Shanghai, on China's central coast, is the country's largest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings.  Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong District's futuristic skyline, including the 632m Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, with distrinctive pink spheres.  Sprawling Yu Garden has traditional pavilions, towers, and ponds.

Nanjing Road is the city's longtime shopping thoroughfare, with a range of stores that are brightly lit at night.  Nanjing Road leads to expansive People's Square where the Shanghai Museum displays carved jade, calligraphy, and other traditional Chinese art.  Nearby is Longhua Temple, a large complex known for its ornate Song Dynasty Pagoda.  The French Concession, home of the city's French population from 1849 to 1943, offers tree-lined streets, art deco building and boutiques, cafes and bars.  Shanghai's native cuisine features specialties such as xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings), hairy crabs, and drunken chicken.



The Shanghai Expo and Convention Center (SECC), located in the Pudong District, is a subsidiary company of Shanghai Exhibition Center (Group) Company Limited (SEG).  Opened for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the Expo Centre hosted many celebrations, activities, forums, and VIP events for the Expo.  In the post-Expo time, the SECC has been converted to a venue for large-scale high-end international conferences.  With its competitive edge in professional functions of convention, exhibition, event, banquet, entertainment and performance, the Shanghai Expo Centre is a showcase of the international metropolis of Shanghai.


A variety of hotels ranging from 5 star deluxe to economy category will be available for World Congress participants.  Assistance with reservations will be provided by the official appointed agency for the Congress, YIWO Business Consulting (Shanghai) Co Ltd.  Information on housing procedures and policies will be available soon.



A Chinese travel visa and valid passport are required documents for entering China.

All attendees of the 2019 IFFS World Congress will need to provide the exact information requested on the event registration page in order to receive an official, signed letter of invitation from the host institution.

Attendees will receive an official letter of invitation, via email, within two weeks of providing the completed information.  Attendees are responsible for using the official, signed letter of invitation to apply for a Chinese travel visa.  Please note that the letter of invitation DOES NOT act as a visa on its own.

Attendees may apply for a Chinese travel visa by visiting the website or calling the Chinese Embassy or Consular Office in their country of origin.  Please note that some visa applications may take 30-60 days to process, depending on the Consular Office in that country.

Depending on country of origin, the attendee may be required to get vaccinations.

Depending on their country of origin, the attendee may be required to visit the Chinese Embassy or Consular Office in person or they may be permitted to designate/hire a proxy.

The IFFS is not responsible for attendee/speaker visa applications, however if additional documentation is required, please contact Gerri Mahn gmahn@talley.com for immediate assistance.

Attendees who arrive WITHOUT a valid travel visa may not be allowed to enter China, may be fined by the Chinese authorities, and may be immediately deported at their own expense.



In some countries, travel document expediters are professionally qualified to obtain visas quickly and efficiently. Expediting services are usually located in major cities where embassies and consulates are found.

A Briggs Passport and Visa Services


Argentina Chinese Consulate Office (Buenos Aires)

Canada Chinese Consulate Office (Toronto)

India Chinese Consulate Office (New Delhi)

UK Chinese Consulate Office (London)

USA Chinese Consulate Office (New York)

It is the responsibility of the attendee to apply and obtain a visa and valid passport, at their own expense, for entry into China.


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