Practical informations

ENTRY FORMALITIES

UK nationals with a passport endorsed British Citizen do not require a visa and must have a passport valid on arrival. If their passport is endorsed British National (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen or British Subject with the right of abode in the UK a visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days; passports for these endorsements must be valid for three months beyond intended departure, with the exception of British Subjects, who need a passport valid on arrival. Other passport holders require a visa and three months validity on their passports.

Canadian nationals do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Passports must be valid for three months beyond period of intended stay.

Australians require a passport valid for at least three months beyond period of intended stay to enter Poland and may stay for up to 90 days without a visa.

South African passport holders require a visa for travel to Poland. Passports must be valid for at least three months after period of intended stay.

New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. A visa is not needed for up to 90 days.

Irish nationals require a passport valid on arrival, but no visa is necessary.

A passport valid for at least three months after period of intended stay is needed for those who require a visa. Generally, visa exempt nationals must have a passport valid for period of intended stay (other than EEA nationals). The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option that allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all with nothing more than a valid identity card or passport.

CURRENCY

Poland does not use the euro as its currency. The złoty (pronounced: [ˈzwɔtɨ] sign: zł; code: PLN) is the currency of Poland. The modern złoty is subdivided into 100 groszy (singular: grosz). When shopping in Poland you will need to pay in the local currency. You will need to exchange your currency for PLN because no other currency will be accepted. You can change money in banks, where you will be charged commission for the transaction. You can also go to a “kantor” (exchange office) which usually provides services without commission and usually offers better exchange rates than banks. You can also pay for your shopping by using your bank card (many types are accepted). Travelers’ cheques are the safest way of carrying money. However, they are only accepted by main banks and hotels. They are not accepted by exchange offices.

TIME ZONE

Poland is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Poland, where the time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

CLIMATE

Łódź has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from -6°C to 25°C and is rarely below -15°C or above 31°C. The warm season lasts from May 27 to September 6 with an average daily high temperature above 20°C. The cold season lasts from December 2 to March 6 with an average daily high temperature below 5°C.

TELEPHONE

COUNTRY CODE: +48

INTERNATIONAL CALL PREFIX: 00

TRUNK PFREFIX: NONE

To call Polish telephone number from outside Poland, either from a landline or a mobile phone, you will need to add the international dialing code for Poland, which is 0048 (+48), followed by the telephone number you require. To call another country from Poland, you will need to add the international dialing code for the country you are calling, followed by the telephone number you require. To make calls within Poland, dial the number you require without adding the international country dialing code. Before travelling to Poland you should contact your telephone service provider to activate the international roaming service (if it is not already activated automatically).

INTERNET

A free access to Wi-Fi network will be provided to conference participants. There are numerous Internet points and cafés offering Internet access. In many hotels (especially higher-category ones) a direct Internet connection is provided in the rooms. In addition, in Poland you will find Wi-Fi access available in many airports, hotels, train stations, and other public places where travelers pass through or stop off.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The voltage in Poland is 230 V which is the same voltage used in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The electrical frequency in Poland is 50 Hz. Note that most household and electrical/electronic equipment nowadays support multiple frequencies, so generally, electrical frequency is not an issue compatibility wise. The plugs used in Poland are C or E. Plugs/sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter.

Poland uses DVD Region 2. DVD Region 2 is used in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. Note that a region 2 DVD cannot play on a DVD player supporting another region. There are, however, some region free DVD players available that can be used to overcome this.

Poland uses Blu-ray Region B. Blu-ray Region B is used across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Poland uses the following GSM frequencies: GSM 900 / GSM 1800. When travelling, make sure that your phone supports the GSM frequency of the country you’re traveling to. Usually the supported GSM frequencies are printed on the box of your phone as well as its manual.

INSURANCE

The organizers do not accept responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. All participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance before travelling to the conference.