Travel & General Info

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DUBLIN AIRPORT
Delegates should ensure when booking flights to Ireland that they book to arrive in Dublin Airport. For information about Dublin airport please visit http://www.dublinairport.com Dublin Airport Information – Tel + 353 (0) 1 814 1111.For flight information at Dublin Airport visit http://www.dublinairport.com/FLIGHT-INFORMATION/ For Air carriers travelling into Dublin Airport visit http://www.dublinairport.com/home.aspx

VISAS AND PASSPORTS*** Please ensure to Read!

Passports- European Union citizens do not require a passport or visa to enter Ireland, but most carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with photograph (usually either a passport or National Identity Card. Visitors are advised to check what form of ID is required with the individual airline, tour operator or travel agent before travelling.

Visas- Visitors from other countries do require a passport, and it is wise to check with your travel operator whether your originating country requires a visa.  Ensure to discuss with your travel agent and review the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland website for full information http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777

If you require a visa you may request a letter of booking confirmation from the conference desk once payment is completed in full for registration. No letter will be issued prior to full registration being completed.  It is advisable that you have booked and paid for accommodation for the duration of your stay- either through the conference desk or privately. This should be included with your visa application.

Note that VISA applications can take 6+ weeks for Ireland- ensure that you have left ample time.

  1.  Do I need a visa http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=8777
  2. To apply using the Online AVATS process https://www.visas.inis.gov.ie/avats/OnlineHome.aspx Before beginning the online process you should have the following information to hand:
  • Passport and details of any previous passports – number, date of issue/expiry
  • Details of any previous Irish visa applications
  • Contact details for your host in Ireland  & Itinerary

Following submission of your online application using AVATS, note that you will also be required to submit a signed summary of your application form, original passport, passport-sized colour photograph, the relevant fee, and all supporting documents, to the relevant Irish Embassy/Consulate/Visa Office per your application procedures.

When you complete AVATS there will be a website shown on the printed summary of your application form for details of the appropriate office, the fee payable, and the method of payment accepted. Please ensure that you read the visa information contained on the website www.inis.gov.ie and their provided Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

TRAVEL TO THE CONFERENCE VENUE and throughout the City & Country

The conference venue, the Citywest Hotel, is located 25 minutes from Dublin Airport.

How to get to the venue from Dublin Airport?
Taxi
There are a large number of taxi services available in the city centre. Taxis from the airport to Citywest Hotel or your selected property are readily available outside the arrivals hall. Ensure to only travel in a registered taxi- they will have their taxi license displayed on the dashboard. Taxis are readily available all over the city with listed Taxi ranks in most main tourism areas. A taxi to Citywest hotel should cost approx. €25

By Private Car Car Hire
Hertz Car Hire (www.hertz.ie)  or Avis Car Hire (www.avis.ie) <Driving Directions link will be included>

By Public Transport

  1. Take the Airlink service to Dublin Bus Central Station (Bus Aras).  Click on Link to see services: http://www.dublinbus.ie/PageFiles/7285/Airlink%20Brochure.pdf
  2. From Bus Aras, you can then take the Luas ( suburban light rail/tram) Take the red line to the Saggart stop http://www.luas.ie/luas-red-line-stops/

The hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the Luas Stop at Saggart. Note that during the congress – there may be shuttles between the luas and hotel- you will be notified of this facility.

When in the City Centre:
Why not try a Bicycle?! Dublin is one of many European cities that offer a bike sharing scheme for its many visitors and residents.  You will see throughout the city centre the DBS or Dublin bikes parked throughout the capital.  For information on how to hire visit Dublin Bikes

GENERAL INFORMATION

Banks & Currency
The Euro (€) is the currency in use in Ireland. Visa and Master Card are all widely accepted in pubs, shops and restaurants throughout the country. Traveller’s cheques can be cashed at most hotels and banks. Bank Opening Hours – Mon, Tues & Fri 10.00-16.00; Wed 10.30-16.00; Thurs 10.00-17.00hr The hotel at present offers an ATM within its premises, but there will also be some limited currency exchange facilities should you require.

Climate
Mild and temperate (showers can occur any time of the year.) August weather can be variable. Temperatures range from 18 – 24 °C

Clothing 
Delegates are reminded of Ireland’s variable weather (It is why we are so lush and green!) During the congress we would recommend standard neat attire.. Jeans and casual wear is appropriate but we would ask that if you are attending any tours- ensure to have comfortable shoes and a rain jacket. The Dinner will be smart evening wear (not black tie)

Electricity  
Electric Current: 240 Volts AV  Plug type: 3 large flat prong British type plug. BS1363 system.

Insurance
All congress attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The congress organisers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property while in attendance at the conference. The Organising Committee of 30th IALP reserves the right to amend and alter the conference programme and events without prior notice and accepts no liability as a result of such actions.

Language
The official language of the congress is English.

Shopping
General opening hours are Monday-Saturday from 09.00-18.00 with later opening hours on Thursday evenings. Most major stores/shops open on Sunday – some with reduced opening times from 10.30 to 18.00. The main shopping districts are in Grafton Street and Henry Street. One of the largest shopping centres is in Dundrum Town Centre shopping village http://www.dundrum.ie/ Kildare Shopping Village is a designer outlet centre www.kildarevillage.com located about 35 minutes’ drive from Dublin city.

Smoking
Ireland has a strict ban on smoking. Smoking is prohibited in public areas within Ireland including all bars, nightclubs and restaurants. If required you should enquire whether your accommodation bedroom is a smoking or non-smoking room. Please use the smoking areas designated outside venues.

Tax Refunds
Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged at 23% on most goods when purchased in a store. Click the link to read more about whether you can claim and the process  https://www.shoptaxfree.com/tourists/vat-explained/

Tipping
Tipping is a generally accepted practice in restaurants, bars, taxis and hotel porters. A service charge may be included in some restaurants and should be stated on the menu, but otherwise this is a discretionary item.

Telecommunications/ Cell Phones
For international delegates, only digital phones with GSM subscriptions and a roaming agreement will work on the island of Ireland. Visitors should consult with their supplier before departure. Networks widely available are O2, Vodafone and Meteor. The country code for dialling Ireland is +353