Tourist information

Visas

An entry visa is generally not needed for stays of up to 90 days.

  • Citizens of EU countries can freely enter Germany and are entitled to apply for visas to stay indefinitely.
  • Citizens of the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan and many other countries can stay in Germany for up to 90 days without a visa. Other nationalities should check current visa requirements with the German embassy in their home country. There's more information on the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mzv.cz) website.
  • Germany is a member of the EU's common border and customs area, the Schengen Zone, which imposes its own 90-day visa-free travel limit on visitors from outside the EU. In practice, this means your time in Germany counts against your stay within the entire Schengen Zone – plan your travel accordingly.

If you live outside the EU, it is advisable to contact your local German Embassy or Consulate for more information. If required, the conference secretariat can provide a personal “letter of invitation” for visa applications. It should nevertheless be understood that this letter should not be considered as a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support. This letter will be sent only to registered participants.

Tourist information

The following information is provided by berlin.de. For more information please access their website.

Currency & Money Tips for Travelers

The official currency in Germany and Berlin is the Euro.

Credit Cards & ATMs
Maestro Debit Cards are accepted at most shops and restaurants. Credit cards like VISA, Master Card and others are widely accepted, but American Express Cards are often refused. Money can be withdrawn at ATMs all over Berlin using debit and credit cards.
Food and beverage

During the opening hours of the congress, lunch and coffee breaks are covered by the registration fee.

In the city center, you can easily find cozy restaurants with either international or local cuisine.

To find the best places, please visit the berlin.de website.

Getting around
Tickets and Passes

With a valid ticket, ticket holders have access to all public transport in Berlin: S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, trams and ferries. The fare depends on the tariff zone and the ticket's period of validity.

Berlin is divided into three tariff zones: AB, BC und ABC. Tariff zone AB includes the urban area to the city boundary. Zone ABC additionally includes Berlin's surrounding area and Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.

Validation and Inspection of the tickets

Before the journey starts tickets must be validated by stamping them at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams. In case of inspection, a ticket that is not stamped is invalid.

Languages/Official languages

In Berlin, the official language is German, but in the capital, most service providers will be able to help you in English.

The language of the conference is English.