GENERAL INFORMATION

May 08-11, 2018

The official language of the Congress is English.

Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) International Convention and Exhibition Center-Congresium

Simultaneous interpretation (Turkish/English) will be provided at the opening ceremony of the Congress.

Program at a glance is available under the Congress tab. 

The official event publication will be the Final Program, to be released in February 2018.

Refreshments will be provided during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. A lunch will be provided for registered participants during the Congress.

A number of technical visits will be organized that are of interest to participants in the Congress. All of the visits will probably start at the "Ankara High Speed Train Station-ATG" at 8:00 a.m. and finish at the same location at 7:00 p.m.

Every participant has to be registered. Registration is to be made via this website using online registration module. 

The Congress Office has already blocked a number of hotel rooms for the Congress participants. Several pleasant hotels near the Congress venue and university guest houses on campus are available upon demand. Due to the limited number of rooms at discounted rates early reservation is advisable. Hotels and other accommodation centers will be listed in  Accommodation Section.

For group reservations please contact the Congress Office directly for more information:

Tel: +90 312 442 8845
Fax: +90 312 441 2984
E-mail: hotel AT uic-highspeed2018.com 

A valid passport is sufficient to enter Turkey from most countries (EU, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.) whereas a VISA is required for citizens from other countries. For any further information, please contact your nearest Turkish Embassy. List of countries requiring a visa, and application instructions are provided at www.mfa.gov.tr Most visitor visas can be obtained for a fee on arrival at the airport, but checking in is advised before departure. Please check with your travel agent whether you require an entry visa to Turkey.

Please visit for further details: www.mfa.gov.tr 

The average temperatures in May are;
Average Daytime: 16 degrees Celsius / 61 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Evening: 9 degrees Celsius / 15 degrees Fahrenheit

The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220/50hz volts.

Turkish currency is Turkish Lira (TL). You can exchange currency upon your arrival at any airport, or at banks within Ankara. Most banks are open during business hours, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A few banks may also be open on Saturday afternoons. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are abundant throughout the city and may accept some international bankcards to dispense cash. Check with your financial institution to discuss your access to banking in Turkey. Most major credit cards are accepted at businesses, restaurants, and hotels, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club.

Turkey is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3).

During the Congress, there will be free computer and wireless internet connection facilities for the participants to communicate with their professional colleagues and families/friends.

Please visit the homepage of the Congress regularly for up to date information.

Additional information is available from the internet at the following URL’s:

http://www.uic-highspeed2018.com
Homepage of the Congress

http://www.udhb.gov.tr
Homepage of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport, Maritime and Communications

http://www.tcdd.gov.tr
Homepage of Turkish State Railways

http://www.uic.org
Homepage of International Union of Railways

http://www.ankara.bel.tr
Homepage of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality

http://www.mfa.gov.tr
Homepage of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs

http://www.turizm.gov.tr
Homepage of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Official invitations may be obtained to facilitate participants attempting to acquire supporting funds, visas or permissions to attend the Congress. Please write to the Congress Office invitation AT uic-highspeed2018.com specifying any special information that may require. Please note that these invitations are specifically for the purpose of obtaining visas and do not imply any financial commitment on the part of the Congress Office. Application for the invitation letters must be received at least 60 days prior to the Congress. ( Deadline: March 8, 2018)

All participants will be required to wear their badge at all times during the Congress. Those without badges will not be allowed to attend the sessions, the exhibition, especially technical visits for the security reasons or social events. Separate badges will be provided for all registered accompanying persons and will be required for admission to the Opening Reception, Coffee Breaks and Lunches.

10th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail and the Congress Office cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, loss, damage, accident to private property or additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes in air, rail, sea, road or other services, strikes, sickness, weather or any other cause. Participants are, accordingly, advised to take out their own insurance.

If you reside outside Turkey, please be advised that you should arrange for your own health insurance policy for the duration of your stay in Turkey before your arrival. We cannot guarantee that free health care will be provided for non-Turkish residents traveling in Turkey. Consult with your travel agent regarding health insurance available for travel into Turkey. The Congress does not endorse nor assume responsibility for any of companies that offer international health coverage. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.

All registered accompanying person are invited to meet at the hospitality. The Congress Office will arrange a number of different cultural tours and social programs for the accompanying persons who has already registered.

The lands of Turkey are located at a point where the three continents making up the old world. Asia, Africa and Europe are closest to each other and straddle the point where Europe and Asia meet. Because of its geographical location the mainland of Anatolia has always found favour throughout history and is the birthplace of many great civilizations. It has also been prominent as a center of commerce because of its land connections to three continents and the sea surrounding it on three sides. Detailed information is available at www.turizm.gov.tr 

Ankara is the Capital of Turkey. For information please visit: www.ankara.bel.tr or www.ankara.gov.tr

All information concerning visas, taxi fares, conversion rates, etc. correct at time of printing, may vary with time. 

 

Please kindly contact the Congress Office for details, pricing and booking form or
Click here to summit online form.

 

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The Congress Office
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Congress Management Systems
International Organization Publishing
Information Technologies Services Co. Ltd.
Aziziye Mahallesi Dede Korkut Cad. No.16/4
Çankaya-06690-Ankara TÜRKİYE
Tel : +90 312 442 8845
Fax: +90 312 441 2984
E-mail: info@uic-highspeed2018.com



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