General information

Bank services – Money matters
Banks are open from 8.30 – 12:30 and from 13:30 – 15:00, Monday to Friday. Some banks are also open on Thursday afternoons until 17:30 hrs. Cash machines (ATMs), which accept all major international bank cards, are available throughout the city. The currency of Austria is the Euro (€). Major credit cards are widely accepted, but please always check beforehand.

The official currency of Austria is the Euro (€).

Drinking water
Tap water in Austria is of high quality and suitable for drinking.

Eating Out in Vienna
Vienna has a broad variety of local and international restaurants, many of them located in the old city. Some are closed on Sundays.

Electricity Supply
220V – 50Hz AC. Adaptors can be obtained from your hotel reception or electronics stores.

Emergency Phone Number
The phone number to dial for emergencies is 112.

GSM cell phone roaming
GSM cell/mobile phone roaming is available for all major international providers. It is advisable to ask your provider beforehand which roaming company in Austria offers the cheapest tariffs.

By registering to the ABC 2018 participants agree that neither the organising committee nor the congress office assume any liability whatsoever. Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for health and travel insurance. The conference fee does not include insurance.

The official language of the congress will be English (no simultaneous translation). German is the official language in Austria.

Medical care
The Austrian National Health Service may be used by all persons from European Union countries who have the E111 Form (EHICard). This form/card should be obtained at the health service or post office of the visitor’s home country before travelling to Austria. It is advisable for participants from countries outside the European Union to take out medical insurance before reaching Austria, since they will be charged for access to the national health system.

Medicines that do not require a medical prescription may be purchased over the counter. If you need advice, do not hesitate to ask the pharmacist. If you usually take medication, it is advisable to bring a sufficient amount with you for your trip. There are duty pharmacies open 24 hours a day. Outside each pharmacy there is a list of the nearest duty pharmacies, or you may ask at your hotel reception for more information.

Safety – Crime
Visitor safety is generally adequate. Like in any other major European city, you can walk everywhere using common sense. Pick pocketing in heavily visited tourist zones or in public transport lines might be a concern. Unfortunately experience has shown that some basic precautionary measures should always be kept in mind in any city:

  • Do not carry important items like flight tickets, passports etc. with you when visiting the conference or strolling through the city; leave them in the hotel safe during your stay. Rather carry a photocopy of your passport or an identity card with you.
  • Try not to carry all documents, money, credit cards and other essential items and valuables in one bag. If it gets lost or stolen, everything will be gone and might be difficult to replace on short notice, especially passports and visa to return to your country of residence.
  • Take off your name badge when leaving the conference centre.

Shops in Vienna are generally open between 09.00 and 18.00 hrs Mon-Fri, and between 09.00 and 12.00 on Saturdays. Some shops are open until 19.00 Mon-Fri and until 17.00 on Saturdays. Shops are usually closed on Sundays, except for a few establishments with special permits (basic groceries or tourist shops).

There are Taxi ranks throughout the city, but calling is often your best option. Please address your hotel reception or the registration desk of the conference venue.

Tips are not obligatory in Austria, although people usually tip approximately 10% at restaurants, cafés and bars. Hotel and airport porters will expect tips, depending on the luggage.

A value-added tax (V.A.T.) of generally 20% is applied to most products and services (a 10% V.A.T. applies on e.g. books, food and a few other items, 13% V.A.T. culture etc.). The V.A.T. is included in the displayed price of all items in stores and restaurants and everywhere else.

Vienna has a temperate continental climate, with warm, sunny summers and cold winters. The average temperature range in January is between 23°F and 34°F (-4°C to 1°C), while in July temperatures range between 60°F and 76°F (15°C and 25°C). Thunderstorms occur frequently in summer and snowfall is common in winter. Spring, autumn and the beginning of summer are perhaps the best times to travel to Vienna.


Travelling from and to the Airport

Vienna International Airport
is located 13 kilometres south east of Vienna.

City Airport Train (CAT)
The train service between the airport and the city centre (City Air Terminal – Station “Wien Mitte”) is every 30 minutes and takes 16 minutes. It is covered from 6:05 hrs to 00:05 hrs (Airport to City) and from 5:38 hrs to 23:38 hrs (City to Airport). Tickets may be purchased online (EUR 11.00 single or EUR 17.00 return), from ticket machines at the airport/station (EUR 12.00 single or EUR 19.00 return) or on board (EUR 10.00 single). From “Wien Mitte” take the orange-colored underground-line U3 (direction Ottakring) to Herrengasse. Palais Fertsl is just two minutes away (entrance Strauchgasse 4).

fares to the conference venue take around 35 minutes. There is a taxi rank outside the airport terminal. These fares will cost around € 45.00. Night-time fees are slightly higher. If you wish to book fare in advance, which in most cases will be the more economic option, you can do so here:

Visa Information

Passport and Visa

Please check passport and visa requirements in due time before your departure. Three month tourist visas are issued by Austrian embassies or consulates. They can take a while to be processed, so leave enough time before departure to apply. Fees vary depending on your nationality. There are no entry requirements or restrictions on EU nationals visiting Austria.

Visa requirements

It is the sole responsibility of the delegate to take care of his/her visa requirements. Delegates who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Delegates should contact the nearest Austrian embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications.
Note: Austrian embassies and consulates-general are independent decision-making agencies for visas, sometimes after specific checks have been made with other Schengen countries. You cannot appeal against the rejection of a visa application; neither can the ABC 2018 organizing office intervene on your behalf in case of a rejection or to speed up the procedure.

Delegate registration details will be shared with the Austrian immigration authorities on request to assist in the immigration process. However, the congress organizers and/or the ABC 2018 registration department will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of visa applicants.
The registration fee minus a handling fee of EUR 25.- will be refunded after the congress if the visa was applied for in time and proof is shown that a visa could not be granted even though all requested documents were submitted. Refund requests must be made in writing and sent to the ABC 2018 registration department, by email, no later than November 1, 2018, after which requests for such refunds cannot be taken into consideration.

Letter of Invitation

On request, the ABC 2018 organizing office will be pleased to send letters of invitation to individual scientists. Invitations of this kind are intended to assist potential delegates to raise their travel funds or obtain visas. They do not imply any commitment or responsibility on behalf of the Congress to provide financial support. Please note that letters of invitation can only be sent after receipt of registration and payment of full registration fee. Please contact us in case you need an invitation letter. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the congress organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the congress, the registration and the attendance are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

Travel-health insurance
As part of a Schengen visa application, individuals must have travel-health insurance for the duration of their stay in the Schengen zone. This insurance can be obtained from any approved insurer. Individuals need to check with the responsible Schengen embassy/consulate for a list of approved insurers available in their country. Individuals must have insurance for their entire stay in the Schengen zone and therefore are encouraged to ensure and pay for the correct number of days. The Schengen visa will only be given for the dates that are covered by the insurance policy, which need to relate to the travel dates.