General Information

Conference Venue
PT Meeting Center,
Rua do Bojador – Parque das Nações
1998-010 Lisbon.
PT Meeting Center is situated right in the center of Parque das Nações, in the FIL Parque de Exposições. The Congress Centre is located close to the river Tagus and the historical and cultural heritage of Belem, just a few minutes from the city center, in a prime area with a vast transport supply.

ACCESSIBILITY
Lisboa International Airport is located 7 kms from the city centre and about 20/30 min driving distance from Estoril. Daily flights to and from major cities around the world are frequent.

CHECK IN/OUT POLICY
Should hotel rooms be required for guaranteed occupancy before 13H00, the previous night should be reserved. Check out time is 12H00 (Noon).

CURRENCY
The currency unit in Portugal is the Euro. Foreign currency may be exchanged at banks (opened to the public on working days) but also at exchange offices and automatic cash dispensing machines.

EXCHANGE
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Traveller's cheques and currency can be changed at hotels or banks which are opened from Monday to Friday between 08H30 and 15H00. Automatic changing and cash dispensing machines linked to international networks are also widely available.

GEOGRAPHY AND DEMOGRAHY
Lisboa is the capital of Portugal and lies on the north bank of the Tagus estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. It is the westernmost city in continental Europe. Greater Lisboa has an area of approximately 1.000 km2. The city is located near the centre of the country, approximately 300 kms from the Algarve at the south and 400 kms from the northern border with Spain. 
Approximately 600.000 people live in Lisboa. However, including the various satellite towns, the population of the greater Lisboa rises to approximately 2 million people.

TIME ZONES
Brasil Brasilia - 3H
Emirados Árabes Dhabi + 4H
Japan Tokyo + 9H
South Africa Cape Town + 2H
USA Washington - 5H

DRIVING
Vehicles circulate on right side of the road. The use of safety belts is compulsory in all seats and children under 12 must ride in the back seats. Portugal has a large freeway network crossing the whole country. Valid driving licenses from EU countries, USA, Canada and other most other countries are acceptable for use in Portugal for an up to 6 months stay.

ELECTRICITY
European type 2 pin sockets with AC 220 V and 50 Hz current are used. 380 V current is usually available in meeting and exhibition rooms. To use American-type plugs, a 220 V transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

ENTERTAINMENT
Lisboa has a wide variety of theatres and venues catering for most tastes. Opera, ballet, plays, concerts, etc. take place on a regular basis all year round. Portuguese Fado and Folklore shows are popular, and an international show at Casino Estoril with glittering cabaret complements the many discos and other night spots(Bairro Alto, Av. 24 de Julho, Docas, etc.).

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow currently there are no special health requirements.

MEDICAL CARE
Clinics and hospitals provide an uninterrupted emergency service. The national emergency phone number is 112. Hotels have a doctor on call through the reception. Reciprocal E.C. cover is available at out-patient departments.

LANGUAGE
The official language is Portuguese (derived from the Latin) - the third most spoken European language in the world. It is the official language of about 200 million people in Angola, Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Mozambique,São Tomé e Príncipe (all in Africa), East-Timor (Southeast Asia) and Brazil. In Portugal a considerable number of people can understand and communicate in Foreign Languages (English, Spanish and French most commonly).

MEALS
There are a wide variety of restaurants and cafés in Lisboa ranging from elegant and sophisticated to casual and inexpensive. Take-away and fast food are also available from many outlets. Restaurants, bars (some with live music) and discos along the Tagus river at Docas area, Alcântara and at the Parque das Nações are very popular meeting spots especially at weekend nights. Breakfast is usually served between 07H30 and 10H00, the lunch from 12H30 to 15H00 and the dinner from 19H30 to 22H00.

MUSEUMS
Most of the Museums are opened from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 10H00 and 17H00. Closing on Mondays and public holidays. Please check with the Secretariat of the congress for further information.

PASSPORT AND VISAS
A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada and most other countries. Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or Travel Agency for further information.

POST AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Automatic direct dial telephone service is available to and from most countries in the world. Public phones accept either a pre-paid card or coins (see signs on the booth). Credit systems such as AT&T are also available. Post offices are opened from Monday to Friday between 08H30 and 12H00 and also between 14H00 and 18H00.

RELIGIOUS SERVICES
Portugal is predominantly Catholic, but a wide number of other religions (Protestant, Christian, Moslem, Jewish, and Hindu, among others) are also represented. Please inquire at hotel reception for times and places of services.

SALES TAX
Sales tax (VAT) is included in quoted prices. For non EU residents, tax free shopping schemes are available in many shops, rendering substantial savings to visitors.

SECURITY
Crime rates in Portugal are among the lowest in the world. Hotels have their own security staff, which is sufficient for most events. Specialist firms are also available if necessary, and the Police provides special protection for visiting dignitaries and high risk individuals.

SMOKING
Smoking is forbidden by law in public transportation and in closed public areas.

TRANSPORTATION Lisboa International Airport Located only 7 kms from the city centre and from the majority of the conference hotels and Congress Centre.

By Train
Scores of national and international trains arrive in Lisboa everyday. In addition to Santa Apolónia terminal station, the city has the Gare do Oriente (adjacent to the Parque das Nações). Both stations have direct bus and underground connections to the city centre. CP, the national railroad company, also provides a service covering practically the whole country. Estoril Coast (ending in the wonderful sea-cost town of Cascais), as well as Sintra, are served by trains every 15 min.

By Road
The good access and two bridges - 25th of April and Vasco da Gama - make the city an easy place to get to.

Car Rental
At Lisboa Airport all well known rent-a-car companies such as Avis, Hertz and Budget (among others) are represented.

By Sea
The port of Lisboa is the busiest one of the European Atlantic coast including terminals for cruise ships: Alcântara, Rocha de Conde d'Óbidos and Santa Apolónia. Lisboa is a port of call for many cruise ships. The city also has marinas in the docks of Belém, Santo Amaro, Bom Sucesso, Alcântara and Olivais.

Public Transportation
Within the city, the major transportation companies - Carris and Metro - cover the entire urban perimeter with regular buses and subway stations. In addition there are more than 3.500 available taxis.

Trams
Riding the line 28 tram is a must in Lisboa. Line 15 is the best way to reach Belém and Lisboa Congress Centre from downtown. You can hop on the line 15 tram either at Figueira Square or Comercio Square (getting off in the Jeronimos Monastery). The best place to get on board is in the typical top-hilled neighborhood of Graça (we suggest ending teh trip in the Estrela Basilica).

Bus and Aerobus
"Aerobus" & "AeroShuttle" services connect the city centre and the airport. They run between 7H45 and 20H45 and the ticket is purchased on board. The local bus service also provides buses between the airport and downtown. The lines 44, 45 and 83 cost 1.80EUR (price in 2016). Some destinations within the city are best reached by the regular buses.