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Letter of Invitation

SOLAS has prepared a generic invitation letter that can be used for the visa application. The letter can be downloaded here.

If you need a personalised invitation letter for your visa application or any other documents, please contact the LOC at and (with the subject line "Letter of Invitation") and let us know your full address. Please check if you need any special wording or content. Note that we can NOT issue an invitation letter if your registration fee is not paid yet.

Visa Information

All international participants will require an Indian VISA to enter India. The VISA will be processes after the clearance of Ministry of external Affair and Ministry of Home Affair. This clearance will be initiated 4 months prior to the conference schedule in order to avoid unexpected delays. In order to get clearance, all participants are required to send their information (in the following format) together with a copy of passport* and 1-page short CV to or (with the subject line "VISA related information") latest by 10 June 2024.

Details of foreign national visiting NIO

1. Full Name : 

2. Nationality : 

3. Date of birth and place: 

4. Gender : 

5. Family Details:

6. Present address : 

7. Permanent address : 

8. Passport Details 

9. Occupation: 

10. Whether previously visited India (If yes, give details): 

11. Address in Goa: National Institute of Oceanography, Guest House, Dona Paula, Goa - 403004

*Passport must be valid for three months after the conference schedule.
In addition, please go through the following website (FAQ) for visa related queries.

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