Visitor Information

Climate and Clothing
In April the weather is usually mild in Izmir. The average high is 22°C and the average low is 18°C. Evenings could be chilly and delegates are therefore recommended to bring light coat.

Currency and Exchange
The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign money can be exchanged at banks on business days (09.00 - 17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as in hotels, at the airport and in bureau de change. All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.

The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220 volts. Outlets are standard European.

The official language of the congress is English. Turkish translation will be provided for selected sessions.

Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one’s own discretion is appreciated

Pay phones are available at the conference center as well as in the city. Phone cards are widely available in shops.

The international dialing code for Turkey is 90, and the code for Izmir city is 232
National calls: 0 + city code + telephone number
International calls: 00 + country code + city code + telephone number

The meeting organizers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or for loss of or damage to property belonging to Congress participants (or their accompanying persons) either during the congress meetings and postcongress activities. Please obtain proper travel and health insurance prior to your trip.

Internet Cafe-Information Center
Internet Cafe and Information Center will be available to all participants during the congress between 08:00-18:00.

Credit Cards
All major credit cards (Visa, Master Card) are accepted in Turkey by restaurants, hotels, shops and at the Congress Registration Desks.

Participants are requested to check with the Turkish Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency or at for visa requirements. Entry visa to Turkey can also be obtained at Istanbul Ataturk Airport for a vast number of countries.