General Information

Dublin Airport
Delegates should book flights to Dublin Airport when making their travel arrangements.

For information about Dublin airport please visit http://www.dublinairport.com Dublin Airport Information – Tel + 353 (0) 1 814 1111

For flight information at Dublin Airport visit http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/flight-information/overview.aspx

Important ***Visa & Passports

Passports- European Union citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, but most carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with photograph (usually either a passport or National Identity Card). Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required with the individual airline, tour operator or travel agent before travelling.

Visas- Visitors from other countries do require a passport, and it is wise to check with your travel operator if your originating country requires a visa.  Ensure to discuss with your travel agent and review the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland website for full information http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777

If you require a visa you may request a letter of booking confirmation from the Congress Booking Desk once payment is completed in full for registration. No letter will be issued prior to full registration being completed. This should be included with your visa application.

Note that VISA applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland- ensure that you have left ample time.
1. Do I need a visa http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777
2. To apply using the Online AVATS process
https://www.visas.inis.gov.ie/avats/OnlineHome.aspx

Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:
1. Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue/expiry
2. Details of any previous Irish visa applications
3. Contact details for your host in Ireland
4. Itinerary

Following submission of your online application using AVATS, note that you will also be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee, and all supporting documents, to the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office per your application procedures.
When you complete AVATS there will be a website shown on the printed summary of your application form for details of the appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted. Please ensure that you read the visa information contained on the website www.inis.gov.ie and their provided Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS).

Travel to the Congress Venues

Scheduled group transfers will depart Dublin Airport on Saturday 20th August for the 9 Day Programme and on Tuesday 23rd August for the 6 Day Programme.

On Sunday 28th August there will be scheduled group transfers from Kilkenny to Dublin Airport.

During the registration process you are requested to give your arrival and departure times at Dublin Airport to facilitate the scheduling of the group transfers. The organisers will be in touch with you closer to your arrival date to confirm your scheduled transfer times further relevant details.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Banks & Currency

The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Ireland.

Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted.

Traveller’s cheques can be cashed in banks.

Bank Opening Hours – Mon, Tues & Fri 10:00-16:00, Wed 10:30-16:00, Thurs 10:00-17:00

Climate

Mild and temperate (showers can occur any time of the year.) August temperatures range from 12 – 20 degrees C (approx. 50-70 F).

Electricity

Electric Current: 240 Volts AV

Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.

Insurance

All congress delegates are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the congress. The Organising Committee of ILC2016 reserves the right to amend and alter the programme and itinerary without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.

Shopping

General opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 09:00-18:00 with later opening hours on Thursday evenings. Most major stores/shops open on Sunday – some with reduced opening times from 11:00 to 17.00.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in public areas throughout Ireland including all public transport, restaurants, bars, shops & congress venues. If required you should enquire whether your accommodation bedroom is a smoking or non-smoking room. Please use the smoking areas designated outside venues.

Tipping

Tipping is a generally accepted practice in restaurants, bars, taxis and hotel porters. A service charge may be included in some restaurants and should be stated on the menu, but otherwise this is a discretionary item.

Telecommunications/ Cell Phones

For international delegates, only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work in Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before departure.

Networks widely available are Three, Vodafone and Meteor.