Citizens of the EU
For visitors from most countries, Germany requires a passport, which needs to be valid for at least 6 months. EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.
All Non-EU citizens require a visa. However, a visa is not required for visits of up to 90 days in an 180 day period for nationals of those countries for which the European Community has abolished the visa requirement.
You may apply for short stay visas (Schengen Visas) at missions of the German Federal Foreign Office, such as embassies and consulates.
Please also visit the homepage of "Auswärtiges Amt" to find a detailed table of all countries requiring a visa and more information on visa regulations, as well as a list of German missions around the world.
An invitation letter for the purpose of obtaining a travel visa or permission to attend the meeting will be handed out on request after registration for the conference.
If you need a letter of invitation in order to apply for a German visa, please contact the Congress Office vie e-mail to:
As in most countries of the European Union, the official German currency is the Euro (€).
Please note that there are no general bank hours in Germany. Most banks are open in the morning hours and just a few hours in the afternoon or early evening.
Major credit cards are accepted at most cashpoints, stores, restaurants and hotels.
Telephone and internet
Germany's international pre-dial is +49 (0049).
Public places like airports, universities, libraries, restaurants and cafés may offer "free"-WiFi Hotspots.
The electrical power supply in Germany is 220v, 50 Hz, AC.
Official plugs in Germany are:
"Schukostecker" (round) Type F/ CEE 7/4
"Eurostecker" (flat) Type C/ CEE 7/16
Germany's standard time zone is UTC/GMT +1 hour.