Passports, Visas and Letters of Invitation


Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth therefore, passports are not necessary for U.S. Citizens to travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S. Foreign nationals should have valid passports and visas as required. Travellers flying from Puerto Rico to the U.S are subject to check-in baggage inspection by the U.S Department of Agriculture at the airport because they prohibit taking certain fruits and plants into the U.S. For more information please call +1 (787) 253-4505 or U.S. Customs at +1 (787)253-4533.

The United States State Department has up to date information regarding entry to Puerto Rico, for further information please visit their special webpage regarding Visas. Please contact your nearest United States Embassy prior to travelling to ensure that you have obtained all relevant documentation. To be certain that you will receive your visa in time to attend the Congress, you should submit your application as soon as possible, allowing at least two months before you are due to travel to Puerto Rico.

USA Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

To strengthen the security of travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, requirements to travel visa-free have been enhanced. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries will still be eligible to travel without a visa but will have to obtain an approved travel authorization and will be required to pay an administrative fee prior to their travel to the United States.

All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay the fee using the process outlined on the ESTA website

Letters of Invitation

To request a letter of invitation, please visit the IFLA 2011 Invitation Letters webpage.

A letter of invitation along with any other necessary documentation must be submitted by the delegate to the relevant Embassy or Consulate together with a copy of your registration confirmation. You can ask for an online personalised letter of invitation on the Congress website. Please note that this procedure aims to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Congress. It is not an official invitation covering fees and other expenses, nor does it imply any financial support from the Congress.

Last update: 27 April 2011