General Information

Meeting Venue

Hotel Swissôtel The Bosphorus – Istanbul

Vişnezade, Acısu Sokaği NO 19, 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul


İstanbul is serviced by Istanbul Airport // IST (40 km to the venue) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport // SAW (41 km to the venue)


The average temperature in Istanbul in May is 22° / 20° Celsius (71 / 65ºF), with an average of 6 rainy days


The main form of currency is the Turkish Lira. For current exchange rates, click here


Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs that fit into recessed wall sockets /points.

Entry Requirements

Please be sure to check the visa requirements for your country at the official web page of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs at

Also, Turkey has Electronic Visa (e-Visa) Application System. This system allows visitors traveling to Turkey to easily obtain their e-Visas online (, in approximately three minutes.

It is possible to obtain e-Visa 7/24 everywhere with an internet connection. The applicants can obtain their visa after they fill in the necessary information concerning their identity, passport, and travel dates and pay the visa fee online. Please check if you are eligible for the e-Visa and e-Visa application at


Istanbul taxis are divided into three categories: orange taxis, blue/turquoise taxis and black taxis. The usual Istanbul taxis are yellow with the distinctive “TAXI” sign on their roof.

Payment Methods

In Istanbul, you ‘d better carry some cash with you if you are willing to take a taxi. It isn’t the rule that credit/debit cards aren’t accepted as a payment method but it’s very probable that your taxi driver won’t even have the necessary card terminal. What’s more, you should pay in Turkish liras as you may be deceived about the exchange rate. However, if you decide to book your taxi transfer in advance, credit cards could definitely be used.

How to Hire a Taxi in Istanbul

The ordinary yellow taxis are everywhere in Istanbul. You can stand at a main street and wave your hand and you will easily catch one of them. However, the most secure method in order to avoid getting scammed by an unofficial taxi is to take your cab from the taxi ranks located all over Istanbul. On the other hand, you can always book your taxi online using one of the Istanbul Taxi Apps (e.g. iTaksi, Bitaksi, Kiwi Taxi) or ask your hotel concierge to call a taxi for you.

Certificate of Attendance

Attendees can download their certificates as of Thursday, May 26. You can download your certificate of attendance via the Online Meeting Portal.