CML Horizons 2014 - Visas


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- Travel - Visas - Venue & Accommodation - Acknowledgements




Below you will find helpful advice and tips to guide you all the way through the visa application process.

Though we are doing our best to accelerate the approval of all visa, please 1.) do not wait any longer and start applying for you visa NOW (all in all, obtaining a visa for Serbia can take up to 2,5 months). 2.) Make sure that you have valid travel documents!

If you require a visa, please follow the procedure described below:

a) Please inform Natasa Kokir at email and Jelena Čugurović from the CML Association of Serbia at email for them to follow-up on your visa-application and speed up the process by contacting your local embassies.

b) For your visa you will need a few documents from us (please contact Natasha at if you have not done so already):

    1. Invitation letter from the Leukemia patient Advocates Foundation (official host of the Conference)
    2. Invitation letter from the Serbian CML Patients group
    3. Hotel confirmation that a room was booked for you
    4. Flights itinerary

c) You will then have to send these documents together with your passport scanned by email to the embassy which is in charge of your country. Therefore please see the following list. If your country of residence is not shown on the list, please check this page.

d) At the same time, we will forward your name to the ministry. Visa should be approved within 2 weeks max. After a notification of approval, you will need to send your passport and the original document to the embassy by FedEx (courier) and they will stamp it and send it back. This can take up to 6 weeks.


We wish you good luck with your visa-application! If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact Natasa Kokir (see e-mail above) or the organizers at

Thank you.

The organizers
Giora, Jan and Nicole, CML Advocates Network

Global entry requirements for Serbia


  1. Valid passport/travel document;
  2. Valid visa in the passport, if a Serbian visa is required for passport holders of the respective country;
  3. Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia. Sufficient funds are considered to be 50 Euros per day of stay, proved by possession of the appropriate amount of cash, bank statement, traveller's cheques, credit cards or a letter of guarantee;
  4. Certificate of vaccination or a note that he/she has not contracted a contagious disease despite coming from an area affected by a pandemic, as defined by the information of the Ministry of Health.
  5. If underage children are travelling with one of their parents, it is necessary to submit a relevant certified authorization by the other parent; or if the child is travelling with a third person such authorization is required from both parents or guardian;
  6. It is recommended to have a health insurance for the period of stay in Serbia, covering possible medical costs to the amount of not less than 20,000 Euros.

Visa requirements


Before travelling to the Republic of Serbia, please check here whether you need a visa.
Visa applications should be submitted to the  Embassy or Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia abroad.

General visa requirements:

  1. Valid passport (passport must be valid at least 90 days from issue date of visa)
  2. Letter of invitation (will be provided by CML Advocates Network upon request)
  3. Completed visa application form: (PDF)
  4. Photo (size 3.5x4.5cm);
  5. Return ticket or Itinerary (copy of Driving License and Insurance if you travel by car);
  6. Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia;
  7. Health insurance
  8. Visa fee

Once you have submitted your application, please do not forget to inform Jelena Čugurović from the CML Association of Serbia at email She will follow-up on your visa-application and speed up the process by contacting your local embassy!

Tipps for your interview and/or a written application for a visum

Receiving a visa and being successful in an interview for a visum might be dependent on how you explain the reason why it is necessary to attend this conference to be successful in what you do back home in your own country. The embassy might want to be convinced that you know well about the conference, and that you have a personal and professional incentive to return to your country after the meeting. The following questions might help you prepare.


  • CML HORIZONS is global annual international conference for leukaemia patient advocacy leaders
  • The organizers are expecting about 100 leukemia patient leaders from 60 countries
  • The conference will take place at The Metropole Palace Hotel in Belgrade (address: Bulevar Kralja Aleksandra 69 · Belgrade 11000 · Serbia, phone: +381 11 3244215)
  • The conference will last from May 2nd to May 4th, 2014.
  • The main objectives of the conference are:
  • educating patient advocates
  • building patient groups' capacity
  • implementing advocacy initiatives


  • The CML Advocates Network is hosted by the Swiss-based non-profit “Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation”. This foundation is registered at the address Münzgraben 6, 3000 Berne, Switzerland. It hosts the “CML Advocates Network”, a global network of 83 leukemia patient groups in 65 countries on all continents.
  • The conference is governed and organized by a global steering committee of CML Patient Advocates from North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa.


  • The history of the conference dates back to 2003 when it was first established by the pharmaceutical company “Novartis” under the name “New Horizons”.
  • Up to 2011 it was funded and organized by Novartis.
  • Since 2012 it is now a fully community-organized conference, under the umbrella of the Swiss-based non-profit “Leukemia Patient Advocates Foundation”, which is a foundation run by leukemia patient organisations
  • This year´s conference will be the 12th conference in a row.


  • I am the leader of the patient group xxx (name of your organization), based in xxxx (country).
  • Our organization currently has xxxx (add number) active members which are mostly leukemia patients.
  • My organisation xxx (name of your organisation) is a member of the CML Advocates Network (and is listed on and the CML Horizons meeting is our "annual conference" where all member organisations meet.
  • Main reasons for joining CML Horizons 2014:
    • Scientific knowledge and medical updates provided by renowned CML experts (medical sessions)
    • Best-practice presentations and Action Forum-Sessions (advocacy-sessions)
    • Excellent networking opportunity with other advocates from all over the world
  • I will myself lead a workshop/hold a presentation at the conference about xxxx (if applicable)

5. WHO IS PAYING FOR YOUR TRAVEL AND LIVING COSTS (see application form, question no. 35)?

  • I paid for my flights and a conference fee which covers my subsistence costs, including also return transfer from the airport to the venue, accommodation during the conference, as well as food and beverages.
  • OR, if you are eligible for a scholarship: I have applied / received a scholarship that covers my travel costs and / or the conference fee (if applicable)

6. PURPOSE OF YOUR TRIP (see application form, question no. 29)?

  • Business

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