HR19 Porto 28 April - 1 May 2019


You must obtain a visa prior to entry if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Portugal.

EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Portugal.

**For UK passport holders – please note that in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU, you will be granted a 90-day visa on arrival in Portugal, provided your passport is valid for up to 6 months after you trip**

Find out if you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Portugal and how to obtain a Visa.

What does a visa entitle you to?

A visa normally grants you the right to stay in the entire Schengen region. The Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

A visa grants you the right to spend a maximum of 90 days per 6 months in the Schengen region.

Letter of invitation

An invitation letter will only be provided to participants who have registered and paid the required registration fees in full for the conference. Once you have paid, your visa letter will be available to download in your online account. You can log in here.

Please note that Harm Reduction International will not be able to contact or intervene with any Embassy or Consulate office on behalf of a participant. The invitation letter does not financially obligate Harm Reduction International in any way.

Invitation letters are available as pdfs. If original invitation letters are required, please note that they will be sent by regular mail. In case an express delivery is needed, the participant shall arrange pick-up of the document on his/her own and will be responsible for all associated costs. Harm Reduction International does not assume any costs for express delivery.

Should the visa application be denied or not approved in time to attend the event, Harm Reduction International will refund the registration fee, minus a £65 administration fee, if and only if, the participant provides Harm Reduction International with an official document from the concerned Embassy/Consulate rejecting the visa and that the application was submitted in due time. Refunds will be processed after the event (13 May to 14 June 2019). Please note that a notification sent to Harm Reduction International after the event will not be accepted.

Contact details

For registration support as well as information, assistance and questions regarding visas please contact


This procedure is intended to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend HR19 and is not an official invitation covering fees and/or any other expenses or financial support for the conference. The organisers are not to be held responsible for the outcome of your visa application.

All refund requests will have to be received in writing before the conference. No refunds will be made for cancellations received during or after the event.

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