ISSA 2018 INFORMATION

Venue
Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent Hotel
Esentepe Mah. Buyukdere Cad. No:177-183, 34394,
Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey



In the heart of the city with 389 rooms, 7 dining outlets including buffet and à la carte restaurant and a lounge, direct access to Levent Metro Station and numerous shopping malls including Ozdilek Park through underground connection.

Taksim Square is just 4 stops away by metro and Ataturk Airport is 30 km from the hotel.

Official Airline



Turkish Airlines is the official airline of "63rd ISSA CONVENTION 2018" and special discounts are offered on certain booking classes.

In order to proceed with the online booking tool for Turkish Conventions, please visit the Turkish Conventions website https://www4.thy.com/TKC/app/main?language=en and use the event code under delegate section.

You may get the event code from Convention Secretariat after you complete your registration.

Visa Procedure
Visas are required for entry into Turkey by nationals of most countries. However, many of the visas can be purchased for 15-20.-USD at Turkey’s airports or border gates and citizens of many countries can enter Turkey without any visas for 90, 60 or 30 days. 77 countries do not require a visa and 122 countries can purchase a visa at the border.

Ministry of foreign affairs also supply an e-visa service on their web site which makes to get visa much more easier. Applicants just need to log on to www.evisa.gov.tr , provide the requested information, (after the application is approved) make online payment and download their e-Visa. The whole process takes no more than 10 minutes.

You may find the latest information about visa procedure in http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa

Invitation Letter
An official letter of invitation will be sent to you upon request. The invitation letter may be used by visitors to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa, but is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.

Customs
Turkey has a relatively free market for trade in goods and services and follows basic World Trade Organization (WTO) rules to regulate imports and tariff structures and has adopted the European Union (EU)'s common customs tariff for imports from third countries.

Visitors may bring an unlimited amount of Turkish or foreign currency with them into Turkey, but they may take out of the country only 5.000.-USD or other currencies in cash equal to this amount. There are no restrictions on the transfer of Turkish or foreign money to other countries through banks.

Liability and Insurance
Registration fees do not include the insurance of participants against personal accidents, sickness and cancellations by any party, theft, loss or damage to personal possessions. Participants are advised to take out adequate personal insurance to cover travel, accommodation, cancellation and personal effects. Convention organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss or damage of property belonging to meeting participants, either during, or as a result of the meeting.

Currency, Banks and Exchange
In Turkey, the currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, at banks which are open from 08:30 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00 at private exchange offices which can be found throughout the city and open from 09:00 to 20:00 hrs. Traveller’s checks can be cashed at most banks. Hotels and most restaurants and shops accept all major credit cards (American Express, VISA, Master Card/Euro Card, and Diner’s Club).

Sizes and Measures
Turkey uses continental European sizes for clothes and shoes. Food and drink are sold in metric measures.

Time
Turkey is two hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity
The electric current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz. European standard plugs with two round pins are used. Most hotels have a receptacle with 110 volts.

Communicatıon
Turkish Telecom Inc. is the only telecom service provider. All hotels have direct dial telephone systems in the rooms. Turkey has 3 GSM operators (Turkcell, Vodafone, Avea). Please consult your local GSM operator to find out if they have roaming agreement with Turkish Operators.
Post offices are open for general business from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Saturday.

Transportation
As the city is located on both continents and on a vast area, various transportation vehicles and methods are used in Istanbul, Istanbul offers an extensive mass trasportation network including metro, ferries, marmaray, light-rail, buses that go between two continents, under and over the sea. Five-in-one bus tickets and smart ticket devices used in almost all transportation vehicles and can be purchased from ticket booths all around the city.

Climate
Istanbul has a climate combining Mediterranean and Black Sea climate, with a hot dry summer and pleasantly warm spring and fall. Winters are cold but snow is rare. The vegetation is predominantly of the Mediterranean type. Average temperature is 12 – 14 degrees Celcius in the period of 63rd ISSA Convention in Istanbul.