General conditions for admission of foreign nationals to Italy

Admission onto Italian soil through an external Schengen Area border is only permitted to aliens who:

  • seek entry at a border crossing point;
  • are in possession of a valid passport or equivalent recognized travel document permitting them to cross the border;
  • are in possession of documents substantiating the purpose and the conditions of the planned visit and have sufficient means of support, both for the period of the planned visit and to return to their country of origin (or to travel in transit to a Third State);
  • are in possession of a valid entry or transit visa;
  • have not been identified as inadmissible by the Schengen Information System (SIS);
  • are not considered to be a threat to public order, national security or the international relations of any of the Contracting Parties, under Italian law or the law of another Schengen State.

Foreigners already resident in another Schengen State, and in possession of a sojourn permit, are exempt from the obligation to obtain a visa for periods of up to 3 months, on the condition that entry into Italy is not for the purpose of subordinate work, autonomous work or study/internship or study/ training.

If any one of the aforementioned conditions are not met, the alien may be denied entry by the border authorities even if in possession of a valid entry visa.


Italian is the official language in Lecce. However, all banks, hotels, airline offices, shops and key visitor attractions have multilingual staff.
The official language of the conference is English.

All abstract submissions and presentations must be in English.

Time Zone

Lecce is in the Central European Time Zone (UTC +1). Daylight Savings Time (DST) is in effect from 2:00 a.m. on March 31, 2019 until 2:00 a.m. on October 27, 2019.


Medium temperature in Lecce during the month of September generally around 27°C.


Dress code is informal for all conference events.


The electrical current is 220 V AC at 50 Hz.

Adapters are required for electrical devices from other countries.

Currency, Banking, Atm & Credit Cards

The currency used is the Euro (€).

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at foreign currency exchange offices.
Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many automatic teller machines (ATMs), that can be found throughout the city.

Most businesses accept all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express).

In the city centre there are several banks open from 8.30 am to 13.30 am and from 14.30 to 15.30 approximately.

There are many ATMs 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.


The SIB2019 secretariat and organizers cannot be held liable for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property incurred by conference participants and accompanying persons during the SIB2019 or directly arising from it. Participants should make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance.

Opening hours


Monday – Friday 9.00 / 13.00 – 14.00 / 18.30


Monday 15.00 / 19.30 – Tuesday/Saturday 9.30 / 19.30

(some shops open all day from 9.30 to 19.30)


Monday – Friday 8.30 /12.30 – 15.30 / 19.30

In the city centre, supermarkets usually stay open from 8.30 to 19.30 or later.


On 10th January 2005 smoking bans were introduced in all the public place, such as bars, restaurants, hotels, offices, shops, etc. with the exception of the places with reserved smoking areas, provided with a suitable ventilation system.


In Italy all the services and goods are usually subject to VAT tax that is 22% of the value of the goods.

In restaurants VAT is 10% and it’s usually already included in the bill.


Italy country code is 0039. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number


In case of sanitary emergencies or dangerous situations the number to call is 118

Carabinieri (Italianmilitarypolice) 112

Police 113

Fire brigade 115


In the city centre there are several chemist shops, easy to recognize by a bright green cross.

They open Monday – Friday from 9.00 am to 12.00 am and from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

Duty pharmacies open also on weekends and holidays.

Find the list of the chemist shops with the timetable on farmaciediturno or outside every chemist shop.


Ospedale Vito Fazzi

Piazza Filippo Muratore 1

Tel. +39 0832/661111

Opening Hours 24h

Città di Lecce Hospital – Private Hospital

Strada Provinciale per Arnesano km 4

Tel. +39 0832/229111

Opening Hours 24h