General Information

Congress Venue

NOVA University - Campolide Campus (MAP)

Universidad Nova de Lisboa
Campus de Campolide
1099-085 Lisboa
Tel.: +351 213 715 600
Fax: +351 213 715 614
The 26th IPSA World Congress of Political Science will be held at the Campolide Campus of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. It is located close to some of Lisbon’s cultural and social attractions, such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, while overlooking the majestic Águas Livres Aqueduct and only a few minutes of walk from the beautiful Park Eduardo VII near the Praça Marquês de Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade. Just a few steps outside the Campus, the metro and bus networks encompass Lisbon’s main touristic destinations, from Lisbon’s city center, where a century old tram offers the experience of the traditional Portuguese lifestyle and the Tejo River provides the perfect background for pictures with a coastal view, to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Belém - just a short walk from the delicious Pastéis de Belém.

IPSA Congress Secretariat

International Political Science Association (IPSA) / Association internationale de science politique (AISP)
1590, av. Docteur-Penfield, SB-333
Montréal (QC) H3G 1C5, Canada
Tel : +1 (514) 848 8748
Fax: +1 (514) 848 4095

Congress Language

All sessions are held in either of IPSA's official languages: English and French. Panel presentations in the LOC sessions may be in Portuguese.


Visa and Passport Requirements

To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a Visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens of the European Union, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Romania and Switzerland only need an identity card to enter Portugal.

    List of countries whose citizens are not required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter any member country of the Schengen Area for tourism or business

    For visits of less than 90 days, a passport valid for at least three months after the end of their stay is necessary for visitors.

    List of countries whose citizens are required to obtain a Schengen visa in order to enter any member country of the Schengen Area

    Useful links:

    For more information, contact:

    Schengen Visa Information:
    SEF – Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service:

    Letter of Invitation

    A letter of invitation will be available to fully registered delegates as of January 2020 in electronic format (PDF) from "My Congress" user menu. Registration must be completed and paid before a Letter of Invitation is made available in the participant's online account.

    Kindly note that the IPSA Secretariat is unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals.

    Traveling to Lisbon - Practical Information

    Airlines that fly to Lisbon

    Lisbon is easy to get to. It is a short flight away from most European cities. View the list of airlines that fly to Lisbon.

    Health and Vaccination Information for Portugal

    You will not require any vaccinations to visit Portugal, unless you are coming from an infected area. The most likely infection being ‘Yellow Fever’. Make a point of checking with your tour operator or local Portuguese Embassy if in any doubt.

    EU citizens can obtain a refund of most medical costs by using form E111, which is available from Post Offices, Health or Social Security offices in your country.

    Yellow Fever Vaccination
    International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever is required only when traveling from an infected area and when the traveler is more than one year of age.

    Liability and Insurance

    The IPSA Secretariat and Organisers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.​

    Money and VAT (Value Added Tax)

    Portugal is one of 19 European Union countries whose common official currency is the euro.  Currency exchange is available at banks, open on weekdays 8:30 to 15:00; at bureaux de change; and at automatic currency exchange machines (these are for currency sale transactions only).
    Visitors to Portugal who are not resident in any of the European Union member states can be reimbursed for the VAT (Value Added Tax) paid on purchases that they have made in Portugal and are being transported in their personal luggage. Only private individuals can benefit from this reimbursement.

    In order to obtain repayment of the tax, the minimum value of purchases must be € 49.88 (net amount without VAT), and, depending on the VAT rate charged, the minimum value of the receipt for goods purchased must be as follows:
    - € 61.35 – VAT rate of 23% (general goods)
    - € 57.86 – VAT rate of 16% (Madeira and the Azores)
    - € 56.36 – VAT rate of 13% (wines)
    - € 52.87 – VAT rate of 6% (books, lenses…)

    When you make your purchases, you must ask the shop to provide you with a receipt, itemizing the amounts paid, the goods that were purchased and the amount that is due for reimbursement.

    You can receive the repayment of your tax in cash at the main European airports or in the centres of major European cities, or by credit card or international cheque, provided that the goods in question have previously been shown and declared at the customs.