Prague, Czech Republic
24 - 28 April 2010



General Information

Information about Prague & Czech Republic

Airport

Prague International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the centre of Prague. There are good public transport links from the airport to the centre.

Currency & Banking

Czech crowns (CZK, Kč) are the official currency in the Czech Republic. Currency exchange is available at Prague International Airport and at lots of hotels, banks and exchange offices throughout the city. International credit cards are accepted for payments in hotels, restaurants as well as shops. Payment in cash in EUR is also available in some restaurants and shops.

Electricity

The Czech Republic uses a 220 volt and 50 Hz system, sockets require standard European plugs.

Entry Formalities

All foreign visitors to the Czech Republic have to possess a passport valid for at least the next three months following arrival. Participants requiring a visa should apply in advance to consular offices of the Czech Republic or the appropriate offices in their home countries.

Information about the Czech Republic

Further information is available from the official website of the Czech Republic at http://www.czech.cz

Public Transportation

Prague has a very sophisticated subway, tram and bus transportation system. The Prague underground is fairly new and runs efficiently. In the peak hours trains run every 1 or 2 minutes, and during off-peak hours trains run at least every 10 minutes. You can find more information about Prague public transport from the http://www.dpp.cz.

Shopping

Most shops in Prague are open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday through Saturday. Shops in the city centre are usually open from 9:00 to 20:00, Monday through Sunday.

Taxi Service

In the city centre, taxis are easy to hail from the street but we strongly recommend using hotel taxis or to telephone for a taxi. Congress staff will be happy to assist you with taxi service at the Prague Congress Centre.
Boarding charge: approx. 40 CZK/1 drive
Journeys within the city: approx. 30 CZK/1 kilometre
Waiting time: approx. 10 CZK/1 minute

Time Zone

The Czech Republic is on Central European Time - Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus 1 hour. April to October is GMT summer time, i.e. GMT + 2 hours.

Tipping

Service is usually included in the bill in bars and restaurants but tips are welcome. If you consider the service good enough to warrant a tip, we suggest ten percent.

Weather

The weather in Prague in April is usually mild with temperatures around 18°C. However, rain is not uncommon, so we suggest travelling with a light coat and an umbrella.

Czech Language

Even though English is spoken in most hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague, here are some Czech phrases that you may find useful during your stay.

Slovník

Vocabulary

Ahoj!

Hello!

Dobry den!

Good day!

Dobry vecer!

Good evening!

Dobrou noc!

Good night!

Jak se mate?

How are you?

Mam se dobre.

I am fine.

Dekuji.

Thank you.

Kolik to stoji?

How much is it?

Jeden

one

Dva

two

Tri

three

Deset

ten

 

 

Information about the Congress

Exhibition

Delegates will have the opportunity to meet representatives from a number of pharmaceutical, diagnostic and equipment and publishing companies at their exhibition stand during scheduled breaks to discuss new developments and receive up-to-date product information

Insurance

The organisers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to make their own personal insurance arrangements before travelling to the Congress.

Internet

Internet facilities will be available throughout the Congress at the Prague Congress Centre for all registered participants.

Official Congress Language

The official language of the Conference will be English and no simultaneous translation will be provided.

Programme Changes

The organisers cannot assume liability for any changes in the programme due to external or unforeseen circumstances.

Registration at the Venue

On-site registration will be available at the Prague Congress Centre. Congress documents and bags cannot be guaranteed for those participants registering on-site.

Smoking Policy

For the comfort and health of all participants, smoking is not permitted at any official function during the Congress. This includes scientific sessions, business and similar meetings, evening functions and also in the registration area & foyers. Please contact the on-site staff for information on smoking designated areas within the congress venue.

Visa Requirements

Complete information about visa requirements for the Czech Republic is available at http://www.czech.cz

The Congress Secretariat staff are able to issue you with an official Letter of Invitation for the Congress. Please note that such a letter can only be issued if you are registered for the Congress and your registration fee has been fully paid.

Do not hesitate to contact the Congress Secretariat if you have any questions regarding visa application procedures. Please note that for some countries, visa application procedure can take up to two months.

VAT

The Congress has been classified as an educational meeting and therefore the registration fees are exempt from VAT.  All other local costs such as accommodation and meals include Czech VAT. If the VAT rate changes, the change will automativcally be applied to ordered services.

Italian Secretariat

Alijet & Fargo International S.r.l is appointed to be the referent between the Italian Pharmaceutical Companies and the Italian Health Ministry as to the collection and submission of the legal documentation required by the Italian Legislative Order n.541 of 30 December 1992, ART.12, Para 3. Contact: Alijet & Fargo International S.r.l – Via Petro Marconcelli 44/46/48 – 50137 Firenze – Email: fsarkisian@alifargoint.it