General Information

DESTINATION
Geneva, Switzerland
After a long period of confinement, AEPC Annual Meeting is gathering together in Geneva!

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website.

The AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is being hosted by the Local Organizing Committee from the "Centre Universitaire de Cardiologie et Chirurgie Cardiaque Pédiatrique" that was born from a collaboration between the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and Vaudois University Hospital Center (CHUV) in Lausanne. Therefore, Lausanne is also represented as a co-destination for the Annual Meeting.

Please click here to visit the Explore Lausanne, Collaborating Destination section on our website.


MEETING VENUE
CICG – International Conference Centre Geneva

Website:  https://cicg.ch/en/
Address:  17 rue de Varembé, CH - 1202 Geneva

Please click here for further details about the venue and access to the venue. 


LANGUAGE
The official language of the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is English. No translations will be available during the meeting sessions.

TIME ZONE
Geneva, Switzerland operates Central European Summer Time (CEST) during May which is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).

CLIMATE
The climate in Geneva is moderate without any excessive heat, cold or humidity. In May, the daytime temperature ranges between 10°-20 °C (50°- 68° F).

The seasons are clearly distinguishable. It is highly recommended to our participants to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a light rain coat and/or a compact umbrella to carry with.

CLOTHING 
The dress code for the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting is business formal or business casual for all occasions unless stated otherwise.

CURRENCY & EXCHANGE

The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc (commonly known as Franc), usually indicated as CHF which is derived from the Latin name of the country, "Confoederatio Helvetica" with the "F" standing for "Franc.". While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are indicated in Euro as well.

Currency Converter

Available coins
Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents and 1, 2, 5 Francs

Available notes
Bank notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 Francs

Exchanging Money: Euro may be acceptable by many merchants but they are not obliged to do so. Change given back to the client will be most likely in Swiss francs. It is possible to change money at the following places:

  • any of the Swiss banks
  • airport
  • main railway stations (western union may also be available)
  • major hotels

The best exchange rates are usually offered by the Swiss banks (only bank notes are accepted for foreign currencies). A service fee might be charged by the official exchange offices and/or hotels for their services.

Credit & Debit Cards: As the safest and easiest form of money, the most used credit cards in Switzerland are MasterCard, Visa and American Express.

Cash Withdrawal: The ATM machines of many banks in Switzerland have been equipped with the MAESTRO or CIRRUS systems for security. Swiss banks' ATM machines also offer cash advances with your credit card. Our participants are recommended to have a small amount of cash on hand upon their arrival in Switzerland for immediate expenses such as taxies, city transportation etc.

ELECTRICITY
The standard voltage in Switzerland is 230 V while the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets are mostly type J which can also work for C type plugs. 


VISA REQUIREMENT
Every traveller to Switzerland must have a valid passport.

If you are a citizen of European Union countries and/or Schengen zone countries, you won’t be required to obtain a visa to travel to Switzerland.

The majority of foreign nationals visiting Switzerland for a period of up to three months require a short stay Schengen visa. Foreign nationals from countries of the American Continent (with the exception of Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia and Peru), and also Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the visa requirement for their short stays less than three months.

Since the visa regulations of all countries depend on diplomatic agreements and may change time to time, AEPC 2022 participants are kindly required to check the current visa requirement for themselves and to apply for visa if necessary.

For information on visa please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you or read more through the official website of Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration:

Do I Require A Visa?

Home - Switzerland State Secretariat for Migration SEM

Switzerland's Online Visa System


TRAVEL REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID-19

During its session of 16th February 2022, the Federal Council decided to lift nearly all protective measures, including the entry regulations. 

It is therefore no longer necessary for persons who aren't arriving from a country at risk to present :

  • A vaccination certificate or
  • A recovery certificate or
  • A certificate of negative test and
  • An entry form

Am I even allowed to travel to Switzerland?

The interactive travel check and the website of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) will give you more information on this.

If entry is permitted: People entering Switzerland from a country with a variant of concern must observe the health-related measures at the border. You will find information on the individual measures on this site.

PCR Test

Currently you do not have to present a negative test result to enter Switzerland.

In any case you should find out directly from the airline or travel company what rules they apply.

Entry form

Currently you do not have to fill out an entry form for entry to Switzerland.

It is the list of countries with a variant of concern that determines whether you have to complete an entry form. Since there are currently no countries or areas on this list, until further notice people arriving can enter Switzerland without an entry form.

COVID FAQ - Corona: Questions and answers on entry and stay in Switzerland, the exceptions and suspension of visas

INVITATION LETTER FOR VISA PURPOSES
AEPC 2022 participants requiring a signed and stamped invitation letter are kindly requested to contact Ms. Neyir Seda Utugen, Registration & Accommodation Specialist at nutugen@kenes.com. While asking for an invitation letter, please make sure to provide your full name (as printed in your passport), passport number, issue and expiry dates of your passport, your organization and full postal address.

Any requests to get an invitation letter must be sent to the Meeting Secretariat at least 6 weeks prior to the Annual Meeting dates.

Unfortunately, we are unable to send invitation letters directly to consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are sent directly to the participant asking for the letter.


HOW TO GET THERE
Participants of the AEPC 2022 Annual Meeting can travel to Geneva by plane, train or car.

Please click here to visit the Travel Information section on our website for further information.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION WITHIN GENEVA
There is a very practical and well-planned public transportation network in Geneva.

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website for further information.

FREE WI-FI
Free Wi-Fi access is available in many locations within Geneva. You can stay connected and share your experiences by using this free Wi-Fi network in town which is offered in certain municipal sites including but not limited to Geneva’s lakefront, Parc de la Grange et parc des Eaux-Vives, Place de Nations, etc...

Please click here to visit the Explore Geneva section on our website for further information.

LIABILITY & INSURANCE
The Meeting Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the AEPC Council, the Organizing Committee nor the Meeting Secretariat assumes any liabilities.

Participants are advised to arrange their personal travel and health insurances for their trip.

SAFETY & SECURITY
Bags and/or suitcases must not be left unattended at any time whether inside or outside the meeting venue and session halls. As all hotels do, we strongly recommend our participants to use their safety deposit boxes for their valuables.

As with the rest of the Switzerland, please call the below emergency numbers in the case of any emergency:

  • Police: 117
  • Fire: 118
  • Ambulance: 144
  • Swiss Rescue: 1414


ANNUAL MEETING SECRETARIAT

Office: Kenes M+

General Inquiries
Ms. Pinar Akbulut, Senior Project Manager
E-mail: pakbulut@kenes.com


Registration, Accommodation & Travel Inquiries
Ms. Neyir Utugen, Registration & Accommodation Manager
E-mail: nutugen@kenes.com

Ms. Ilayda Damar, Registration & Accommodation Specialist
E-mail: idamar@kenes.com

Sponsorship & Exhibition Inquiries
Mr. Muzaffer Komek, Industry Liaison & Sales Manager
E-mail: mkomek@kenes.com


Scientific Inquiries

Ms. Lara Volkan, Scientific Programme Coordinator
E-mail: lvolkan@kenes.com