General Information

Banks and Exchange Foreign Currency

Banks are normally open from 10 am to 4 pm and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 24-hour cash machines that accept most credit cards such as MasterCard, VISA, Maestro or American Express are widely available around the city center. Travelers’ cheques and currency can be changed at exchange bureaus (e.g. FOREX) or at hotel receptions.

Climate

Finland’s climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. The summers in Finland are usually bright. The days are at their longest in the second half of June, when the sun stays above the horizon for 19 hours. Average day temperatures in June are normally around 18-25 degrees Celsius and during night temperatures drop to around 15-18 degrees Celsius. More weather info.
The highest summer temperatures in Finland are from 25°C to 30°C. Heat waves, with a maximum daily temperature exceeding 25°C, occur on an average of 10 to 15 days during the summer.

Credit Cards

All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Currency

The currency in Finland is the Euro. A currency calculator can be found online at www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

Electricity

The electric current in Finland is 220V (230V), and a two-pin plug is used.

Exhibition Opening Hours

Date

Hours

Wednesday, June 28

1.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Thursday, June 29

8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Friday, June 30

8.00 am – 6.00 pm

Saturday, July 1

8.00 am – 2.00 pm

Insurance and Liability

WGC-2017 does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance, and participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance in their country of origin. Participation in all excursions, tours etc. is at personal risk.

Language

The official language of the meeting is English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Medical Care

Finland has one of the world’s highest standards of medical care system. Medical services – if required – are available in foreign languages

Registration Opening Hours

Date

Hours

Wednesday, June 28

7.00 am – 6.30 pm

Thursday, June 29

7.00 am – 6.30 pm

Friday, June 30

7.00 am – 6.30 pm

Saturday, July 1

7.00 am – 2.00 pm

Sales Tax

Sales tax (VAT) is included in prices quoted. Anyone permanently resident outside the EU and Norway, can shop tax free in Finland. Stores with Tax Free Shopping sign will provide customers with a cheque covering the VAT refund on departure from the last EU country visited.

Shopping

Helsinki’s open-air markets are fun places to shop in a relaxing atmosphere. The stalls in the Market Square sell traditional food and treats as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. Design District Helsinki is a cluster of creative businesses that is full of fascinating attractions for fans of design. Helsinki also has many shopping centers and department stores that make it fun and convenient to shop.
More information:
Shopping centres and department stores
Best souvenirs from Helsinki price range

Smoking

The Finnish law, in accordance with regulations in force in the majority of European Countries, does not allow smoking in any public transportation or in any closed public areas (some restaurants, bars and discos may have a designated smoking area).

Time Zone

The time zone in Finland is Eastern European Time EET, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +2) and 1 hour ahead of Central European Time.

Useful Websites

www.visithelsinki.fi/en
www.visitfinland.com

Visitors’ Information

Visitors’ information is available at the Helsinki Airport, Terminal 2, Arrival Hall 2 and in the City Centre (Pohjoisesplanadi 19). There will also be a visitor information service point on-site the conference center during WGC-2017. Information can also be found online at www.visithelsinki.fi

VISA Information / Invitation letter

Citizens of Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Norway) do not need a passport for entering Finland. EU-nationals, and citizens of Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland and Schengen Agreement countries can enter Finland with a valid passport or a valid identity card. All other nationalities require a valid passport. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. It is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months in advance of the WGC-2017 in Helsinki. Click here for more information.

If you need a visa please make sure you leave enough time to apply and to have the relevant accompanying sponsor letters. WGC-2017 will only provide invitation letters for visa for registered participants.
Should your visa application be declined, you can send a request for a full refund of the registration fees to Congress registration office by e-mail before May 15. A scanned copy of the visa decline letter should be attached to your request. For requests received as from May 15, the cancellation policy for general congress registrations will apply.