General Information

Weather
The region of Izmir has a typical Mediterranean climate and is a wonderful destination all year round. Although the summer months are from April to October, the area is blessed with the cooling Imbat breeze, which blows off the Aegean Sea, in November the average temperatures range between 11 ? 19oC.

Time Zone
Time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) in TURKEY.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that participants purchase adequate coverage for health, travel and private liability insurance before departing their home countries.
The organisers will not accept responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private, personal property of Congress participants and/or accompanying persons.

Electricity
Electricity in houses and hotels is 220 volts at 50 cycles; two round pin plug. Travellers with different appliance should bring an adaptor or transformer.

Banks and Currency Exchange
The currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport or the front desk of your hotel. Local banks are open from 08.30 to 17.00 hrs from Monday to Friday. There are also private foreign exchange offices throughout the city that operate between 08.00 to 20.00 hrs. Currency Converter

Credit Cards
All major credit cards (Visa, Master Card) are accepted in TURKEY by restaurants, hotels and shops.

Tipping
Tipping is not mandatory in TURKEY. However it is customary to add 10% in taxis and restaurants if you are satisfied with the service.

Mobile Phones
The major GSM operators in TURKEY are Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea. You can use your mobile phone in TURKEY if your provider has enabled international roaming. However if you intend to stay for a long time in the country or make several calls, it may be preferable to buy a local prepaid SIM card. Take your mobile phone and passport to a Turkish mobile phone shop where your new SIM will be registered along with your handset’s IMEI number and your personal information. (Unregistered phones will be blocked and unable to receive or make calls.) TURKEY has very wide mobile coverage networks so you shouldn’t have any problems in the main cities and tourist resorts.

Telephones
The international dialing code for TURKEY is 90, and the code for ?zmir is 232 and the code for Aydin is 256.

National calls: 0 + city code + telephone number
International calls: 00 + country code + city code + telephone number
Emergencies telephone numbers:
Police 155
Jandarma (Gendarme) 156
Medical Emergency First Aid 112