GENERAL INFORMATION

Congress Date
UCARE İSTANBUL MEETING will take place between 6-7 December, 2019.

About Istanbul

Istanbul, a center which connects East and West and builds a bridge between past and present by bringing various cultures and people together, is one of the most visited countries in the world. Like many other civilizations in the past, Istanbul is the capital of culture and economy in Turkey. By attracting a great deal of attention of millions of visitors each year, Istanbul has become a charming place for international meetings with its world class accommodation and congress facilities.

Travel Information

The fastest way to travel to Turkey is by plane. Almost all of the renowned airlines have direct flights to Turkey.

Transportation to Istanbul
There are two international airports in İstanbul: one is located on the European Side (Istanbul New Airport) and the other is located on the Asian Side (Sabiha Gökçen Airport). Both of them can be used for transportation.

Istanbul New Airport
İstanbul New Airport has a distance of 50 km to Taksim and it is located on the European Side between Tayakadın and Akpınar villages on the Black Sea coast. Airport shuttles (Havaist), taxi  or private transfer services can be facilitated for going to the city.

Airport Shuttles (HAVAIST)
Shuttles take off every 15 minutes from Taksim Square (city center) Fee is 18 TL (around 3 € ). Payment is done only by İstanbul Kart. For detailed information:   www.havaist.com 

Bus (FROM ISTANBUL NEW AIRPORT)
"İST-19" is the direct bus route from Istanbul New Airport to  Taksim city center. It takes 55 minutes. Bus takes off every 15 minutes from Istanbul New Airport.
Payment is done only by İstanbul Kart.

Taxi
Taxis can be found in streets and taxi stands. In Turkey, taxis are coloured in yellow and turquoise and they have counters. The counter works with Turkish Lira (TL) and payment will be done according to that. Taxi price lists are the same during day and night. BI - TAXIS apply for credit cards.

Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport is located on Asian coast of Istanbu and is in 50 km southeastern part of the center.

Airport Shuttles  (HAVABUS – FROM SABIHA GOKCEN)
There are shuttles that take off every 30 minutes from Taksim (center of Istanbul) with the payment of 18 TL (3 € ) For detailed information  www.havabus.com 

Bus (FROM SABIHA GOKCEN)
The route of public transport vehicles (İETT- Istanbul Electric Tramway and Tunnel Establishments)  is from Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) to the center of Istanbul. For detailed information:    www.sgairport.com/havaalani/eng/ulasim/iett.asp 

Public Transport
Public Transport in İstanbul can be feasible, useful and safe as there are various vehicle options but if you do not know the language it might be challenging. That is why taxis are recommended thanks to their cost-effective pricing.

More information regarding buses: 
www.iett.gov.tr 

More information regarding underground and tramway için: 
www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/default.asp 

More information regarding trains: 
www.tcdd.gov.tr/tcdding/index.htm 

More information regarding ferryboats: 
www.ido.com.tr/tr/index.cfm

Wandering in Istanbul
The easiest way to wander in Istanbul is taxi. Make sure that you have Turkish Money with you or else no taxi driver will accept credit cards as a payment method. You will see ATM’s and exchange offices in the airport. We kindly recommend you to take official taxis only. They are coloured in bright yellow or turquoise and “taxi” is written on them. The most important thing is that all the official taxis have digital counters.


Participation Certificate
Participation certificate will be given to every participant at the last day of the congress

Language
All presentations will be done in English as it’s the official language of the UCARE ISTANBUL MEETING 2019. However, simultaneous interpretation service will be provided for Turkish participants.

Visa and Invitation Letter
Invitation letter will be sent to all registered participants. Electronic visa application system; www.evisa.gov.tr