September 6-7 ,2019
Marmara University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
Climate and Clothing
The beginning of September is the best time in Summer in İstanbul. Daytime temperatures are in the range of 30 - 35 ºC and evening temperatures are 20-24 ºC. We recommend you bring the clothes regarding the weather conditions.
The electrical power supply in Turkiye is 220 volts.
Turkiye is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3).
Local currency in Turkiye is Turkish Liras (Turk Lirasi - TL). All payments for the Congress including registration, hotel accommodation and tours have to be made in Euro. The exchange rate for Turkish Lira can be learned from the web site of Turkish Central Bank (www.tcmb.gov.tr).
Banking and Exchange Facilities
The Foreign money can be changed at banks during business days (09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. 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.
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 İstanbul Ataturk Airport for some countries. (For detailed information: http://www.mfa.gov.tr)
Turkiye has a high standard of healtcare and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, you can get help from the hotel managements or congress organizer.
Open from 9 am to 7 pm, Monday to Saturday. There are also 24 hour on duty pharmacies which operate according to an official chart.
The Committee and/or Organizers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Course. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.
Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering everything from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants and fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.
Tipping is well accepted in Turkiye as in other parts of the world and is at your discretion. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 5-10% is usual in restaurants. However you do not need to tip if service charge is added to bill as it is the case at some hotels and restaurants.
One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Istanbul is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as the modern malls. Turkish carpets, kilims, suede and leatherwear as well as cotton shirts and clothing are the best buys here. Copper, silver, brassware and jewelers are also choices for buying, along with works of ceramics and the famous Turkish meerschaum. Bargaining over the sale price with shop traders is expected.
Taxis are painted mostly yellow with a roof-light to identify them. In towns they use taximeters.
Pay phones are available at the meeting venue as well as in the city.
In the event of industrial disruptions, the Organizers cannot be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates. The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Committee reserve the right to alter the program if and as is deemed necessary.