WPA 2015

Primary Care Mental Health:
Innovation and Transdisciplinarity

The Palace of Parliament 

Bucharest, Romania

24 - 27 June 2015

Practical Information

Arriving in Bucharest
Bucharest is served by an international airport, “Henri Coandă” International Airport, located at 16.5 km northwest of the city of Bucharest, within Otopeni city limits.

Transport from “Henri Coandă” International Airport to the Venue

A. By bus from the airport to the city centre
There is a direct bus line from the airport to the city centre, the 783 Express Line, which connects the airport with the city centre at Piața Unirii (Unirii Square). The estimated travel time is 45 - 60 minutes, depending on traffic. Please note that the 783 Express Line terminates at Unirii Square 2, which is one of the most convenient locations for travelling to and from the Palace of Parliament, the Congress venue. The bus station for the 783 Express Line (and other buses traveling to the city) is located in front of the Arrivals and Departure Terminals of the airport.

B. By taxi from the airport to the city
You will be able to locate several taxi companies in front of the airport. The estimated travel time from the airport to the city center is about 20-30 minutes (depending on traffic). A taxi ride from the airport to the city center costs between 1.39 - 5 Lei per kilometer (0.5 - 1€/km). Make sure you use taxis that display the lei/km tariff on the car door. Tariffs do not differ from daytime to night-time. As with most taxi services, in addition to the price per kilometer, there is an initial starting charge and extra costs for time. At the end of the journey, please ask for a receipt. The journey must be paid in the national currency. Depending on the taxi you may be able to pay with a credit card, but please check with the driver before leaving the airport. A very rough estimate of a taxi ride from the airport to the city center is about 60 Lei (approximately 12€) with a taxi company that charges approximately 1.4 lei/ km. This assumes you are not travelling during rush hours (rush hours extend roughly from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM to 7:00 PM).

Currency exchange
The Romanian national currency is LEU, subdivisible in BANI.

Coins:
Frequently Used: 10, 50 BANI
Rarely Used: 1, 5 BANI

Banknotes:
Frequently Used: 1, 5, 10, 50, 100
Rarely Used: 200, 500
Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks or exchange offices called ”CASA DE SCHIMB”.
Euros and US Dollars are the easiest to exchange. Please note that most banks close at 3.00 PM and you will need your ID/passport when for the exchange.

Climate
The month of June is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 25°C (77°F) to 28°C (82°F) over the course of the month, exceeding 32°C (91°F) or dropping below 19°C (67°F) only one day in ten.

Time Zones
Bucharest operates on Eastern European Standard time, which is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Congress commences.

Credit cards
Credit cards are widely accepted. Commonly recognised cards include Visa and MasterCard. If you want to pay onsite by credit card, only these cards are accepted by the Congress.

Electricity
The electrical current in Romania is 220V (50 Hz). In case your equipment requires different voltage, please make sure you bring an electrical transformer.
The sockets are two-pin so they are not compatible with British, American or Indian plugs.

Health
You do not need any other health certificate or vaccines to enter Romania.

Insurance
It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Liability Disclaimer
In the event of industrial disruption or other unforeseen circumstances, the Congress Organizers accept no responsibility for loss of money incurred by delegates. The Congress Organizers accept no liability for injuries/losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Delegates should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance.

No Smoking Policy
Delegates should be aware that smoking is banned in the Congress venue, the Palace of the Parliament, as well as in most public buildings.

Official Language
The official language of the Congress is English.

Passport and Visa
In order to find the regime applicable to your country, please see the information below.

1. The list of countries whose nationals, holders of simple travel documents, must be in possession of a visa upon entry in the Romanian territory can be accessed here.

2. The list of countries whose nationals, owners of simple passports, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa can be accessed here.

3. The list of countries whose nationals, holders of diplomatic passports, service passports, official passports and seamen's books, are exempt from the requirement of a Romanian visa can be accessed here.

Please note that the participants applying for a visa must hold the following documents:

  • a valid travel document
  • supporting documents attesting the purpose and conditions of the trip
  • travel ticket valid for the destination or the driver's licence and registration documents of the vehicle used for transportation
  • proof of appropriate financial means for the duration of transit (at least 50 eur/day of stay, but no less than 500 Euro)
  • medical insurance
  • accommodation bookings for your travel

Participants requiring a formal letter of invitation for visa purposes should contact the Congress Secretariat at registration@wpa2015bucharest.org.

The invitation sent by the Congress Secretariat is intended to help delegates to obtain a visa and does not imply a commitment from the Congress Organizers to provide any financial support or scheduling of presentation.
Visas are not issued on-site at the Congress venue. Delegates have to make their application in advance via their local embassy/consulate. Unfortunately the Organizers unable to send invitation letters or to make any direct contact with consulates. Invitation letters are prepared solely for individuals and are mailed directly to them.
Please note that in order for the Congress Secretariat to edit the invitation letter, a copy of the participant’s passport is required.

Travel and Program Disclaimers
In the event of any travel disruptions, the Congress Organizer will not be held responsible for any losses incurred by delegates at or enroute to or from the Congress.

The program is correct at the time of printing, but the Congress Organizers reserve the right to alter the program as necessary.