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Visitor Information

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.

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

Language
Conference official language is English. There will be simultaneous translation to Turkish.

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 hotels reserved for this meeting.

Shopping
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.

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

Tipping
Although service charge (%10) is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one’s own discretion is appreciated

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