General Information

Contact:
 
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Mondial & Cititravel Congresos
Rosselló, 303, ático 1
08037 Barcelona – Spain
Tel. +34 932 212 955 – Fax. + 34 934 592 059
 
Banks:
Official opening hours of banks in Spain are from 8.30 to 14.00 from Monday to Friday, they are closed in the afternoon. It is possible to change foreign currency into Euros in the main city hotels.
 
Climate:
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild, sunny winters, warm summers and relatively low rainfall. The average temperature in July is 22/25ºC (minimum) and 28/30ºC (maximum). Our sunny summer days are ideal for strolling along the promenades or sitting out on restaurant or café terraces.
 
Credit Cards, Currency and Exchange:
All major international credit cards are accepted. Foreign currency and traveler's cheques can be exchanged in Spain at banks and foreign exchange offices. Cash-point machines accepting major international credit cards and charge cards are available at most banks. The Spanish currency is the Euro.
 
Electrical power:
A 2-pin round adapter is necessary for electrical appliances. The electric current used is 220 volts/50hz.
 
Entering Spain:
Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Spain using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Spanish diplomatic representatives abroad. On request, the Congress Secretariat will be pleased to send a letter of invitation to individual scientists. Invitations of this kind are intended to assist potential delegates to raise their travel funds or obtain visas. The letters do not imply any commitment or responsibility on behalf of the Congress to provide financial support or any other support such as travel/health insurance. Delegates requesting a letter of invitation must pay through bank transfer, no credit card payment will be accepted.
 
Insurance:
Congress participants are advised to arrange health and travel insurance prior to travelling to the Congress. The Congress Organisers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages, as well as for delays or modifications in the programme, caused by unforeseen circumstances. No claims for indemnity from the organisers shall arise for contractors or participants in case of cancellation, for any reason, of the entire Congress.
 
Public Transportation:
Barcelona has a good, comprehensive public transport network, with special ten-trip and one, two or three-day tickets valid on bus, metro and local trains. Taxis are abundant. Free parking is very limited in the city centre and car parks are expensive, so car rental is only recommended to use outside the city.
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Shopping:
Normal trading shopping hours are Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00 and 16.30 to 20.30. Some shopping malls are also opened on Sundays.
 
Tipping:
Service is generally included in restaurant bills. A 10% tip is customary to show appreciation of services provided.
 
VAT:
There is a variable value added tax (VAT) of 8% to 18% applied to most items and services but in most prices you will see it included. When it is not included, this should be clearly indicated.