Travelling to Barcelona

Visa Request Process

Delegates travelling to Spain may require to obtain a visa to attend the International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research. Some may also request a letter from the International Network for Health Workforce Education to verify the attendance at the event. Embassies may need to verify that registration fees have been paid in full and may require applicants to appear in person for an interview, causing delays in the application process. We strongly recommend interested parties to apply for a visa no later than three months prior to the event. As the event organiser, we are keen to provide delegates with a visa invitation letter to verify their intent to attend the event. Please find out what you need to enter Spain based on your nationality here:

Travelling to Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is the major infrastructural hub of Catalunia, Spain, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport. Barcelona El Prat Airport is conveniently located approximately 10km southwest of Barcelona. When you arrive at Barcelona El Prat, there are many ways you can get to the city centre. For detailed information, please visit:

For istance, the Aerobús is a private company offering direct transfers from Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 (T2) to Plaça Catalunya in the heart of Barcelona. The Aerobús buses are frequent, departing every 10 minutes, and the cost is 5,90 EUR one-way for adults (exact cash is not required):

Taxi service: the taxi ranks are just outside Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The fare will be around 40,00 EUR, depending on time/distance (the taxi will be metered). Most taxis can take a maximum of four passengers. If you have four passengers it can be a cost-effective way to get to the city centre, especially if you have to go to a specific location, and you have luggage:

Travelling to the Congress Venue

The International Congress of Health Workforce Education & Research will take place in Sant Cugat del Vallès (Sant Cugat for short). Sant Cugat has its own train station with a direct metro connection into Barcelona city centre. There are several FGC rapid transit lines (S1, S2, S5 and S55) linking Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya) and Sant Cugat with stops in all of Barcelona’s main stations. The Barcelona (Plaça Catalunya) - Sant Cugat commute departs every 5 minutes on average and lasts about 20 minutes: Online train search engine:


Accommodation reservation is done directly between the hotels and the participants. If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, we strongly recommend to do it as soon as possible through the online search engines. The International Network for Health Workforce Education is unable to sell any accommodation directly but will try to help if there is a situation that you don’t have accommodation upon your arrival in Barcelona. Should you wish to book your accommodation in Barcelona, it is recommended to find a hotel that is located in the surroundings of the following train/metro stations: Plaça Catalunya, Provença, Gràcia, Sant Gervasi, Muntaner, La Bonanova, Les Tres Torres, Sarrià.

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Key Info & Dates

Call for Abstracts

Registration and Fees

Keynote Speakers

Provisional Programme

Panels & Workshops

Congress Venue

Travelling to Barcelona