IPA World Congress


The highlight of the IPA's international calendar is the IPA World Congress. The entire IPA family gathers to review the events of the previous year and determines the future direction for the IPA. 

The World Congress is a prestigious IPA event which has been hosted annually since 1955, when Arthur Troop worked untiringly to form the foundations of other National Sections of the IPA. By this year, there were Sections in the majority of Western Europe, and Arthur Troop became the first International Secretary General at this historic event.

The IPA World Congress culminates in a week filled with friendship, laughter and joy. It is where the IPA family reunites every year and alongside the main agenda, provides participants with fantastic entertainment, meals (including a gala dinner) and opportunities to socialise with friends from all over the world.

The main agenda of the World Congress deals with motions that are proposed by both National Sections and the International Executive Board (IEB), which are then voted on by the representatives of each National Section (one delegate and up to two observers), as well as the IEB having a collective vote, and using a majority voting system. Elections are also held to determine the members of the IEB every four years.

The 65th IPA World Congress will take place in Lloret de Mar, part of the Costa Brava, in Spain from 4 - 9 October 2022.

The registration and programme documents for the 65th IPA World Congress are now available:

65th IPA World Congress Invitation Letter

65th IPA World Congress Programme

65th IPA World Congress Registration Form

65th IPA World Congress Friendship Week Programme

65th IPA World Congress Friendship Week Registration Form

In addition, IPA Spain have also created a dedicated website for the World Congress with comprehensive information, which can be found at https://ipa-65th-world-congress.org/. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the hosts directly at booking@ipa-65th-world-congress.org 

COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for the 65th IPA World Congress


IPA Spain wish to advise you that if you need to obtain a COVID-19 test in Spain before leaving to return home, this may be obtained at a local private laboratory.

You should indicate this requirement in advance on your registration form for the World Congress.

If you have already sent in your form, then please advise the organisers separately.


The Spanish authorities have announced that any of the vaccines that have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and World Health Organization (WHO) are recognised by the country’s authorities, as proof of immunity against COVID-19 for incoming travellers.

Consequently, this means that Spain recognises vaccination certificates as long as the holder has been immunised with one of the following vaccines:

Comirnaty – Pfizer/BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH.

Vaxzevria – AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca/SK Bio, SK Bioscience Co. Ltd.

Vaccine AstraZeneca (Covishield™), Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.

Janssen-Cilag International NV.

Spikevax; mRNA-1273), Moderna Biotech

Vero Cell – Sinopharm/Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd.

Sinovac-CoronaVac (Vero Cell), Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.


“Any vaccine authorised for marketing by the European Union (European Medicines Agency, EMA) and WHO will be accepted. The complete vaccination schedule must be available for the vaccination certificate to be valid,” the official Travel Health Portal of Spain noted.

It is noted that the Russian Sputnik vaccine is not listed.

Proof of vaccination should be provided in Spanish, English, French, or German and may be submitted to the authorities in electronic or paper format.

In addition, the vaccination certificate should include the following information on the holder:

Name and surname

Personal identification number

Name of the vaccine administered

Country/city where the vaccine has been administered

Date(s) of vaccination

As for the validity of the vaccination certificate, it was indicated that the document would start being valid 14 days after the last dose of the vaccine was administered and would remain effective up to one year after the date of vaccination, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Persons who do not hold a vaccination certificate are also permitted to enter Spain provided that they present a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of recovery from the disease.

“You may travel, presenting a document/certificate certifying vaccination against COVID-19, a negative diagnostic test or recovery against COVID-19, according to the provisions of current legislation relative to the health controls to be carried out at the points of entry into Spain,” Travel Health Portal added.

Please ensure that you comply with the Covid vaccination requirements in force at the time of travel.