General Information

Passport and Visa

To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa-exempt agreements with Japan. For details, please check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan: http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/index.html. To request a set of documents to obtain visas to the Secretariat, prior registration to the Meeting and payment of your registration fee are required.

Insurance

The organizer cannot accept responsibility for accidents that might occur. Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs in case of injury or illness, and other possible risks of international travel.

Climate

The temperature in Kobe during the period of the Congress ranges between 21 - 29℃ degrees Celsius.

Currency Exchanges

Only Japanese yen (JPY) is acceptable at regular stores and restaurants. Certain foreign currencies may be accepted at a limited number of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You can buy yen at foreign exchange banks and other authorized money exchanges on presentation of your passport.

Traveler’s Check and Credit Cards

Traveler’s check are accepted only by leading banks and major hotels in principal cities, and the use of traveler’s check in Japan is not as popular as in some other countries. VISA, MasterCard, Diners Club, and American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Banks

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00-15:00(close on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays). Automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available for withdrawing by credit card every day from 9:00 to 20:00 at major banks.

Electricity

Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan and 60 in western Japan including Kobe, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-leg plug only.

Time

Japan Standard Time is nine hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.