Tourist Information

  • Venue
    İstanbul, a unique city where the East and West meets, is a natural and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia; it's a thriving universal metropolis with more than 13 million inhabitants. Over the course of millennia, İstanbul has been the seat of three great empires, namely the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman, and a site of convergence for people of many cultures and beliefs, who came together and enjoyed life in peace and harmony. Modern amenities, the splendors of the Ottoman past and the honored traditions of Turkish hospitality combine to make İstanbul a perfect meeting point, one that will leave with treasured and lasting memories.
  • Banking
    Bank services are available at the Airport, throughout the city and there are several close to the Meeting Venue Hotel. Banks are open from 08:30 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday, with a break between 12:00 to 13:30. They are closed at weekends and on public holidays.
  • Climate and Clothing
    In February, the weather in İstanbul is cold. Daily temperatures are expected to range between -2 and 10°C. Snow may be a good surprise in February. Please check weather conditions before travel.
  • Credit Cards
    International credit cards are accepted in cash dispensers, hotels, restaurants and most shops, as well as car rental agencies. The most common credit cards are VISA, Euro Card, and MasterCard.
  • Currency Exchange
    The local currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). The exchange rate changes daily. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, banks, hotels and exchange offices. International Credit Cards are widely accepted
  • Driving License
    International Driving Licenses are recognized throughout Turkey. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.
  • Electricity
    In Turkey, electricity is supplied at 220 Volt / 50Hz AC. Most hotels have a receptacle with 110 volts. Two-pin round plugs are used.
  • Emergency Telephone Numbers
    Ambulance 112
    Fire Dept 110
    Police 155
  • First Aid and Hospital Services
    A doctor and a nurse will be available in the first-aid room of the Symposium Venue Hotel during the Symposium. In the event of an emergency, transfer to the nearest hospital will be provided by ambulance.
  • Insurance
    Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. At the time you register for the Meeting and book your travel you may wish to take an insurance policy of your choice. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
  • Internet Access
    Internet cafes are available all around the city and wireless internet access at the Hotel lobby floor will be provided by the organizational secretariat Serenas Tourism.
  • Meals
    Turkish food is famous throughout the world; the range is enormous, from a number of soups to an astonishing variety of appetizers, followed by meat and fish dishes, many famous Turkish sweets, pastries and Turkish coffee. Prices could vary between 20 € (modest, traditional restaurant) to 100 € (gastronomic upscale restaurant).
  • Mobile Phone
    There are 3 GSM operators in Turkey being as Turkcell, Avea and Vodafone. All of them are daughters or partners of international companies and have roaming agreements with network operators of all participating countries. There are two wave bands for mobile phones in Turkey: 900 and 1800 MHz. Please check with your provider regarding roaming costs and wave bands. Local GSM operators have prepaid lines, which can be provided at newspaper booths and groceries. Please check that the prepaid cards are in accordance with your line. Additionally, there will be renting possibilities of mobile phones with lines.
  • Post Office
    Post offices are indicated PTT (Post, Telegraph, and Telephone) throughout the city.
    The central Post office is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 to 21:00, Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00. Smaller ones are open Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 17:00. Hotel concierges also take the mail.
  • Restaurants
    For gourmets, this will be an outstanding opportunity to taste various examples of Turkish, European, Asian and international cuisine in İstanbul.
  • Shopping
    Most shops in İstanbul are generally open from 09:00 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday. Big shopping centers are open every day of the week, usually from 10:00 to 22:00. In all shopping centers major credit cards are accepted and tax-free shopping is possible. You will also have the chance to do shopping in the historical Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, which are located in the Old City district.
  • Security
    Based on data provided by well known statistical institutes worldwide, İstanbul, among other metropolises, is regarded as one of the few cities with a low rate of crime. In the Meeting Venue Hotel security staffs are on duty using the newest technological security systems
  • Taxis
    Available at taxi stands or hailed on the street. All are yellow and have taxi-meters.
  • Telephone and Fax
    Telephone services will be provided by Turkish Telekom. Local and international calling fees will be set according to the Turkish Telekom tariff. Allocation of temporary telephone line is available. The designation of provisional lines will be possible upon signing contract with Turkish Telekom. The Turkish Telekom will provide prepaid fax message and telephone services at the business center.
  • Time Differences
    Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Tipping
    This is customary in restaurants and taxis. Tipping 10% of the bill is acceptable.
  • Transportation
    İstanbul Atatürk International Airport is an important destination and transfer point for many international flights from all over the world.
    (Sun Express has very reasonable rates from Germany, Switzerland, Austria to İstanbul.)
  • Airport İstanbul Atatürk International Airport
    34149 Yeşilköy, İstanbul, Turkey
    Phone : +90 212 465 55 55
    Fax : +90 212 465 50 50
    Atatürk Airport is located in Yeşilköy, in the European side of İstanbul. Airports distance is 28 km to downtown,
    4 - 4.5 km to sea shore.
  • Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
    34912 Pendik, İstanbul, Turkey
    Phone : +90 216 585 50 00
    Fax : +90 216 585 51 14
    e-mail :

    Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located in Pendik/Kurtköy, in the Aasian side of İstanbul.
    Airports’ distance is 12 km to Pendik, ,40 km to Kadiköy, 50 km to Taksim.
    It has a really convenient traffic in terms of transportation with its 1.5 km connection to the TEM motorway.
  • Travel Requirements to Turkey
    Passport and visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. Please contact your travel agent or nearest Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your country for further advice.
    Please refer:

    Participants from those countries where there is no Turkish diplomatic representation can obtain their visa at the airport on arrival to Turkey.  Please refer:
    An official invitation letter will be sent upon request. This letter, however, does not constitute any commitment by the Symposium Organizers to cover registration fees, accommodation, travel expenses or other costs connected to the participation in the Symposium. IS3P Symposium will not be held responsible for visas not granted.