The IFLA Governing Board and Irish National Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC).  

Please see detailed information.

Letter of Invitation / Visa Requirements

Letter of Invitation

Individuals requiring an official Letter of Invitation can request one through the Congress website. The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the Congress organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Visa Requirements

If you are travelling to Dublin for the World Library and Information Congress you may need to apply for a Short Stay Conference/Event or ‘C’ Visa.

Information about obtaining a Short Stay Conference/Event Visa can be found on the government website here:

Ireland’s passport and visa requirements vary for different nationalities so check with your local Irish embassy or consulate before you travel. EU citizens need a valid passport or national identity card to enter Ireland and Northern Ireland. Always check what form of ID is required by your individual airline, ferry company or travel agent before travelling. Although Ireland is a member of the EU, it is not in the Schengen Area so Schengen visas do not apply.



It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his / her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the congress.

When the conference registration has already been paid, the registration fee minus a handling fee of EUR 50 will be refunded after the congress (no later than 14 days after the congress) if the visa was applied for in time, and proof of this, together with an official notice from the embassy confirming that a visa could not be granted, is forwarded to K.I.T. Group.

Anyone coming to Ireland on a visa and wishing to visit Northern Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales, would need a multiple entry Irish visa and a UK visa as well.

Your passport must be valid up to the return date of your trip to Ireland.


You are not sure whether you need a visa?

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Visas when travelling to Ireland and the UK

Ireland is not part of the United Kingdom. However, you may be able to visit Ireland for less than 90 days without an Irish visa if you have an eligible United Kingdom Short Stay visa. In order to avail of this, you must have landed and gained lawful entry to the United Kingdom on foot of your current United Kingdom visa, prior to undertaking the journey to Ireland.

This programme is not reciprocal and does not permit a person who is a visa required national under the United Kingdom immigration rules to enter the United Kingdom on foot of an Irish visa. If you wish to enter England, Scotland, Wales and/or Northern Ireland, you must be in possession of a valid United Kingdom visa.

Please read the information in the link below carefully before determining whether you require an Irish visa.


Obtaining a visa for WLIC 2020

If you wish to travel to Ireland to attend the World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, you should apply for your visa at least 3 months advance in order to allow sufficient time for the consideration of visa applications and the issuing of decisions.

Visa applications can be made using the link below.

Before applying for a visa please ensure you email with your name, affiliation and who is responsible for financing your trip, including accommodation costs. We can then inform the Dublin Visa Office who will will disseminate the information we supply to the offices the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service in Dublin and Irish Embassies oversees.

We will then issue you with a letter of invitation you can submit as part of your visa application.


Arriving in Dublin

When you arrive in Ireland, holders of Irish visas will be required to pass through an immigration check carried out by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (G.N.I.B.) who will check the reason for travel, grant or refuse entry to the State and specify the duration of stay permitted, which will be evidenced by a stamp in the traveller’s passport.

Please ensure you have your invitation letter, proof of accommodation and other supporting documents to hand to show to the immigration officer on arrival in Ireland.

Please check the The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website for all official information on Visa requirements

Letter of Invitation