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Banks. Banks in Germany are open from 08.30 to 16.00 Monday to Thursday and from 08.30 to 12.30 on Fridays. All banks are closed on weekends and public holidays. Automatic Teller Machines are open 24 hours and are located throughout the city and surrounds. Facilities for exchange of currency are available at the airport, larger hotels and banks.

Car Rental. Cars can be rented in Germany from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium sized car is about 90 Euro. All cars are left-hand drive.

Credit cards. Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards include Visa, MasterCard, American Express and the local Bankcard. Only these cards are accepted by the Conference.

Currency Exchange. Decimal currency is used in Germany (Euro) and currency units are Euro and Cents. Euro notes are: 500 €, 200 €, 100 €, 50 €, 20 €, 10 €, 5 €. Coins are 2 €, 1 €, 0,50 €, 0,20 €, 0,10 €, 0,05 €, 0,02 €, 0,01 €.

Disabled Facilities. If you require disability specific facilities, please notify the secretariat by indicating on your registration form.

Electricity. The electricity supply is 230 volts (50 Hz). The connection for appliances is a 2-pin plug.

Health. Vaccinations are not required. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Germany. Germany has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

Insurance. It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate health and travel insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Liability. The Organising Committee and/or Conference Organiser shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

Passport and Visa.
Passports: Valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all except: (a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card; (b) holders of national ID cards issued to nationals of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.
Visas: Required by all except the following for periods not exceeding three months: (a) nationals referred to in the chart and those referred to under passport exemptions above; (b) nationals of American Samoa, Andorra, Argentina, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR), Hungary, Israel, Korea (Rep), Latvia, Lithuania, Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela and US Virgin Islands for stays of up to three months;
Types of visa and cost: A uniform type of visa, the Schengen visa, is issued for tourist, business and private visits as either a Short-term or Travel, Airport Transit or Transit visa. As prices are dependent on type, length of validity of visa and exchange rate, visitors are advised to contact their local Embassy directly.
For further information, please visit http://auswaertiges-amt.de

Tax. Germany applies a VAT ("Mehrwertsteuer") to the purchase of both goods and services. The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 16%.

Tipping. Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Germany as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bills.

Travel. For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Conference commences.

Vaccination. There are currently no vaccination regulations.