Visitor Information

Climate and Clothing
Istanbul’s cool winters are still in effect in March, which sees temperatures range between 9-13°C in daytime and 4-9°C. during evening. Rain is still a high possibility, so make sure you pack for it.

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 bureaux 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.

Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are numerous quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotel reserved for this meeting.

One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as modern malls. In the Covered Bazaar bargaining over the sale price with shop traders is expected.

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 Istanbul city is 212 (for European side) and 216 (for Asian side)
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 meeting participants (or their accompanying persons) either during the meetings and post meeting 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 meeting between 08:00-17:00.

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

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.