Tourist Information

Cell Phones

Swiss cell phones perform on a GSM network, which is not compatible with the North American or Japanese system. U.S. wireless firms, like T-Mobile or Cingular, use GSM, but on different frequency bands. If you own a multi-band cell phone, you can use it in the USA and in Europe. If not, there are a lot of possibilities buying or renting an unlocked GSM mobile phone with a SIM card, working in Europe and about 190 countries, operating with GSM network, all over the world.

Climate

Switzerland is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) each have typical temperature and climatic characters. In Basel the daytime temperature in the summer months can reach as high as 35°C, however low atmospheric humidity means that it is always very pleasant at even the highest of temperatures.

Currency

The Swiss franc "CHF" is the official currency in Switzerland. You can change money at banks, post offices and currency exchanges in airports or train stations. Classic credit cards, like American Express, MasterCard, Diners Club or VISA are rarely used, but accepted by major hotels, petrol stations or large shops. Otherwise cash or Eurocheque cards will be accepted. The most banks work with international ATM networks like Cirrus, Plus, Star and Maestro.

Electricity

The power supply in Switzerland is 230V AC, 50 Hz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220V transformer should be used together with an adapter plug. 

Letter of Invitation 

Those persons needing an official invitation letter in order to attend the congress may contact MCI: eahp(at)mci-group.com specifying the necessary details. This service is designed only to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the congress. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the conference organizers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the conference are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

Public Phones

Most public pay phones were removed in the last few years, but you will find some in high-frequented spots like airports, train stations or shopping areas. For phoning you need Taxcards, which are available from CHF 5 to CHF 50 at newsagents, post offices and Swisscom stores, but sometimes you can pay with coins. 

Taxi

Taxis are reasonably priced and can be found at clearly marked taxi stands usually located near “U-Bahn”, “Strassenbahn” and “Autobus” stations and busy intersections. When travelling to and from the airport be sure to request airport rates. You can order a taxi by calling one of the taxi call centers, the numbers are listed below.

Taxi Zentrale AG Basel     +41 61 222 22 22

Time Zone

Switzerland operates on Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST) in the United States. Official times like shop hours or train schedules are usually indicated by the 24-hour clock, means 7:30 PM is 19:30.

Visa Requirements 

All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport. Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Switzerland. Applications should be made to the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need visas. 

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. 

The organizers will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of visa applicants.

Tourist Information Basel

In the Stadt-Casino at Barfüsserplatz

Phone:   +41 61 268 68 68

Fax:        +41 61 268 68 70

E-mail:   info(at)basel.com

 

Opening hours

Monday–Friday
9:00 AM–6:30 PM

Saturday
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday and public Holidays
10:00 AM–3:00 PM

In the train station SBB

Phone:   +41 61 268 68 68

Fax:        +41 61 268 68 70

E-mail:   info(at)basel.com

 

Opening hours

Monday–Friday
8:30 AM–6:00 PM

Saturday
9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Sunday and public holidays
9:00 AM–3:00 PM