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ILGA World Conference 2019 registration 1-day passes

An ILGA World Conference is where the life of the organisation is shaped, and where LGBTI activists from across the world can come together and discuss about the future of our movement.

At the World Conference, ILGA member organisations also elect their representatives, endorse new members and advance proposals and constitutional changes.

ILGA conferences have been held since our early days, and still are the premier gathering for our members organisations and allies.

They are a chance to assess where our communities stand, to share experiences and best practices, build alliances and partnerships, and collectively chart ways to advance equality worldwide.

The next ILGA World Conference

The next ILGA World Conference will take place in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, from 18-22 March 2019.

Registration is still open
only for 1-day passes

As of December 21, ILGA World has notified all successful scholars and session proponents for the World Conference. We encourage those who have not been selected to investigate other arrangements to attend. 

Check out all practical information below, and visit the website maintained by host rōpū for information on Wellington and the conference social programme.


The 2019 ILGA World Conference will take place from 18 to 22 March 2019 in Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, hosted by our member organizations Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand, Tīwhanawhana Trust and RainbowYOUTH (the Host Rōpū).

Registration is now closed!

Conferencia Mundial de ILGA en Nueva Zelanda inscripción abierta

1-day passes can still be obtained through this online form

The conference registration fee includes:

  • access to conference venues and social events
  • a delegate pack
  • two meals and coffee breaks every day
  • access to our mobile application.

It does not include:

  • any visa fees
  • travel from/to Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • accomodation in Aotearoa / New Zealand
  • breakfast for each day
  • insurance of any kind.

Ensuring that LGBTI activists from the most-marginalized areas and groups can attend is a priority for ILGA World
Last month we received more than 890 applications for our scholarship programme. We can only support a fraction of those who applied.
Any individual or organisation able to financially sponsor the participation of a group of activists from around the world is encouraged to contact us at or make a donation by clickiing on the "Donate" button on our Facebook page, specifying it is for ILGA World Conference scholars.

A donation of EUR 380 will cover registration fees and allow one local scholar to attend. EUR 950 will cover both registration fees and accommodation. EUR 2,150 will cover full scholarship for one person coming from abroad.


ILGA World and the Host Rōpū are looking forward to seeing you in Wellington in March 2019!

Board and staff representatives of ILGA welcome you
to the Michael Fowler Centre, the main venue of the World Conference!

The Michael Fowler Centre in the daylight

The city celebrated hosting our 2019 World Conference by
lighting up several landmarks in rainbow colours (ph. Instagram/@justinlesternz)

A magnificent view of Wellington

Citizens from many countries (including Australia, USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore ...full list heredo not need a visa to visit New Zealand and can simply qualify for the Visa Waiver Visiter Visa on arrival. However, Visa requirements are different according to each country - please check the list here

Visitors to New Zealand must hold a passport that is valid for at least three months after the planned departure date from New Zealand, or one month past the date you intend to leave if the government issuing your passport has consular representation in New Zealand.

Please click here for visa information.

Advice from NZ Immigration is:

The overseas conference participants can come to New Zealand on a visitor visa to attend the conference. For visa waiver countries they will simply be granted a visitor visa on arrival. For visa required countries they will need to apply for a visitor visa before coming. To apply they use the standard visitor visa form, and when asked for the purpose of their visit they should indicate that they are coming here to attend a conference. If they are applying online they need to indicate they are applying for a General Visitor Visa and then in the “What is the purpose of your visit to New Zealand” question they need to select the conference/convention option. Please click here to view the process for online applications.  If you have any queries or would like your visa to be processed on your behalf, please email

Message from Tourism New Zealand

Tourism New Zealand support the ILGA World Conference coming to Wellington in 2019.  We value diversity and respect human rights of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities.  Below is some information about the recently updated Customs and Excise Act 2018: 

  • Like many countries around the world, New Zealand’s Customs officers have had the authority to examine passengers’ goods – including electronic devices – for a number of years.

  • It’s important to know Customs have advised that, to protect travelers’ privacy, searching the content of an electronic device would only occur if there is reasonable suspicion that the person in possession of the device is involved in criminal offending.

  • These measures are in place to support the safety and wellbeing of New Zealand and our visitors and will not impact 99.98% of visitors to New Zealand. 

  • For more information or any questions relating to New Zealand Customs, please visit

Visa cross check information:

  • Please cross check with your travel agent if you are needing a visa or a transit visa for every country they land in.

  • Advice to avoid transiting through Gulf States if possible due to their laws, especially if the delegate presents differently to the gender on their passport

  • Note to check that they have at least 6 months remaining on their passport from the date they leave New Zealand

Invitation letter for visa application

If you need an Invitation Letter to apply for a visa to attend the Conference, please send the following information to with subject “ILGA2019: Invitation Letter for visa application” and the following information:

  • Your name as it appears in your passport

  • Your position

  • Your affiliation/organisation

  • Your postal address (incl. your affiliation/organisation)

  • Your registration email address

  • Registration ID (the invitation letter for visa application will only be issued to registered participant)

The letter will be sent to you by email in PDF format within 7 working days after receiving the request with sufficient information. If a printed copy is required, please specify your address to receive the letter. Please note that Letter of Invitation will only be sent to participants who have registered and paid for the Conference. If participants withdraw from the conference after the issue of Letter of Invitation, the respective consulate may be notified of the withdrawal accordingly.

You can find a few accommodation options in Wellington listed here, with special ILGA Conference room rates!

We received more than 890 scholarship applications and over 400 session proposals. Thank you for all the interest!
As of today (December 21), ILGA World has notified all successful scholars and session proponents for the World Conference.
We encourage those who have not been selected to investigate other arrangements to attend. 


ILGA World Conference 2019 scholarships

Help us welcome more activists to the conference
Any individual or organisation able to financially sponsor the participation of activists from around the world is encouraged to contact us at or make a donation at, specifying it is for ILGA World Conference scholars.

03 December 2018: First mailing
07 January 2019: Second mailing
25 February 2019: Third mailing

Conference programme (as of 11 March 2019 - check the app for latest updates!)

Info coming soon!

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In 1978, a group of activists created what is now known as the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

Their intention was to create an international network of people that could efficiently respond to homophobic attacks, and to act as an international platform to collectively campaign against the discrimination, and at times persecution, faced by LGBTI people around the world.

ILGA World Conferences have been held ever since.