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Travel information

Airport

For more information about the Montréal-Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport, we invite you to visit the website at www.admtl.com.

Getting to the Westin Hotel

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Getting Around Montreal

Public transport is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and in just 10 minutes you're at a museum, restaurant or in Old Montréal. Affordable and reliable, the metro can be accessed via the city's Underground Pedestrian Network: two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. Weekly passes are available. Métro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour. If you prefer getting around by taxi, it's easy to flag one down on the street. You'll also find them at one of the city's many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38 - not including tip. Some taxis will also transport bicycles. Renting a BiXi bike is another great and inexpensive alternative.

Banks

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and sometimes on Saturdays. You will find automated teller machines mostly everywhere.

Car Rentals

Cars can be rented in Montréal from local or international companies. Average cost per day for a medium-sized car is C$85. All cars are left-hand drive.

Climate

The average temperature in Montreal in September is mild at 14.2 °C (57.56 °F). Afternoons can be warm with average high temperatures reaching 19.9 °C (67.8 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally a little cool with an average low of 8.4 °C (47.1 °F).

Currency

The Canadian dollar (Symbol: $; code: CAD) is the national currency. Automatic teller machines and exchange offices are readily available. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept major credit cards.

Timezone

UTC-05:00 hours

Cell phone usage

Canada’s international dialing code is +(1)

Electricity

Electrical outlets in Canada provide the same current as in the United States that is 110 volts (60 cycles). If you are traveling from Europe or elsewhere, you will need an adapter to use small appliances designed for a different standard (220/240 V).

Health Insurance & Hospitals

Canadian hospitals and medical services are excellent. The vast majority of hospitals are publicly managed and rates are set by provincial and hospital authorities. Hospital care for non-residents of Canada is charged at a daily rate or on the basis of the medical condition and length of stay. Charges vary from province to province and from hospital to hospital, but generally range from C$1,000 to C$2,000 a day. It is therefore important to obtain travel health insurance before leaving home, since it is possible your regular health insurance does not include coverage outside your country of residence.

ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Read about the changes and how they may affect you. For more information, please read here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/

VISAS

We encourage participants from countries that require a visa to apply as early as possible. Visa processing times vary by country. Please consult this website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp.asp
Below is a link to the Help page for those who have applied or plan to do so.
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/helpcentre/answer.asp?qnum=854&top=4

Shopping

Most shops are open Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). They are usually closed on legal holidays – and on January 2 in the majority of cases – but some establishments (supermarkets, SAQ outlets, etc.) may still be open.

Tipping

Service is not included in restaurants and it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total. (A quick way to calculate the appropriate tip amount is to add the two taxes that appear at the bottom of your bill. It works out to roughly 13%). If you are with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill. Just ask when you are not sure if tip is included. Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least C$1 per suitcase or per service rendered. Coffee and food counters often have a tip cup next to the cash register; spare change is always appreciated.

OTHER GENERAL INFO

Parallel Courses

Registration to the Parallel Courses is free of charge for participants registered to the Congress. The pre-registration is not required and the attendance is possible while seats are available. Requests for participation will be accepted on the “first come first served” basis.

Badges

Participants are kindly requested to wear the name badge when entering the congress venue and to access any offered services.

The access to the above mentioned areas and services is not allowed without the badge.
Badge colour coding is as follows:

Gold ISGS Executive Committee Members
Red Faculty
No colour Delegates
Yellow Exhibitors
Blue Accompanying Persons

Certificate of attendance

The certificate of attendance will be included in the congress kit

Coffee and tea breaks

During morning and afternoon breaks, delegates will have the chance to visit the Poster Area as well as the Exhibition Area.

Lunch boxes

On September 6th, 7th and 8th lunch boxes will be provided. Participants will find the tickets for the lunch boxes collection in their course kit. Tickets shall be handed to the caterer staff.

Exhibition

An exhibition of the latest pharmaceutical products, electromedical devices and scientific publications is located in Room 517D.
Opening hours will be corresponding to the congress activities as follows:

Thursday, 6 September 11.00 to 19.30
Friday 7 September 7.00 to 18.30
Saturday 8 September 7.30 to 18.00

Cloakroom

For the last day of the congress a cloakroom located on the ground floor will be open for delegates bringing in their suitcases . The cost is $5/suitcase. Delegates are not allowed to bring their suitcases inside the Congress Centre.