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General Information on the Congress

 

 

SECRETARIAT LOCATION

The Congress Secretariat is B.P. Servimed and will be in operation in the Cancun ICC. The address for the convention center is

Boulevard Kukulcan Mz. 48 Lt. 8, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico.

Registration and badge pick: TBD

Hours of operation: TBA

NAME TAGS / BADGES

A PAAO Cancún 2019 Congress official name badge is required for all Congress activities. Duplicate badges may be requested from the Congress Secretariat for a fee, based on confirmation of prior registration.

CERTIFICATES

Certificates will be provided to all participants of the Congress. Certificates will be available AFTER the congress and may be obtained from B.P. Servimed.

COAT / LUGGAGE CHECK

A Coat / Luggage Check area is TBD. Neither the Congress nor the secretariat is responsible for lost or stolen items.

 

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM SCHEDULE

**Purchase tickets for the PAAO/PAOF fundraising events at the PAAO booth in the Exhibit Area

 

General Information about Mexico

 

TRANSPORTATION

Buses, shuttles and car services are available in Cancún. Please request taxi service from your hotel, by telephone or through various apps used in Mexico. Most taxis requested in these manners accept cash and credit cards. Limited shuttle service will be available from select hotels to the convention center. The schedule will be posted as the congress approaches.

Taxi apps to use in Cancún:

uber

SuperShuttle

 

 

 

 

LOCATION & WEATHER

Cancun is located in the Yucatan Peninsula; a flat platform of limestone emerged from the sea millions of years ago, there are no elevations or hills, underground rivers come to the surface in the form of sink holes or wells, the soil is not very thick so the vegetation is a semi – tropical jungle with a wild and exuberant fauna.

Cancún has a tropical climate, with few temperature differences between seasons, but  pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The city is hot year-round, and moderated by onshore trade winds, with an annual mean temperature of 27.1 °C (80.8 °F). Unlike inland areas of the Yucatán Peninsula, sea breezes restrict high temperatures from reaching 35 °C (95 °F) on most afternoons. Annual rainfall is around 1,340 millimetres (52.8 in), falling on 115 days per year.

Due to proximity to the Caribbean and Gulf humidity is high the year round, especially during hurricane season (averages close to 70% on rainfree days). The hotel zone juts into the Caribbean Sea, it is surrounded by ocean therefore daytime temperatures are around 1-2C less. February to early May tend to be drier with only occasional scattered showers.

 

CURRENCY

The official currency is the Mexican Peso although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in most businesses throughout Cancun. Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments. Banks offer currency exchange during business hours. Universal ATM’s are widely available for cash withdrawals at the current exchange rate.

 

ELECTRICITY

  • Electricity in Mexico is 127V, with a frequency of 60hz, the following plugs are used:

 

 

PASSPORTS AND VISAS

Upon arrival in Mexico you will need to produce an up to date passport plus a visitor’s permit which is now known as the FMM “Forma Migratoria Multiple”. This form is provided free of charge by your travel agent, airline or at point of entry. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico. If you’re visiting Mexico from the US or Canada, this applies to you.

Visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. Mexico does not require visa for many countries, however we advise delegates to check their individual needs in advance.

 

 

OFFICIAL INVITATIONS

Official letters of invitation are designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries. Such letters do not imply any financial support, nor offer the guarantee of a visa. B.P. Servimed will provide you with an invitation letter if you need one.  Contact paao2019@servimed.com.mx.

 

 

ACCEPTED CREDIT CARDS

Major international credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in Mexico (VISA, MASTERCAD, AMEX)

 

 

WEIGHTS and MEASURES

Mexico uses the metric system for weights and measurements

 

 

LANGUAGE IN MEXICO

Mexico’s native language is Spanish. English is spoken in some hotels and restaurants.

 

 

INSURANCE

Delegates are encouraged to purchase travel insurance before leaving their home country. Insurance plans typically cover accidental loss of belongings, medical costs and other risks of international traveling.

 

 

TELEPHONE and TIME ZONE

The country code for Mexico is 52.
Time Zone GMT (-) 5 hours / US Central time.

 

 

DISCLAIMER

The Congress and the Secretariat will not be responsible for:

  • Changes in advertised prices
  • Stolen or lost personal belongings
  • Attendee´s health problems, accidents or other casualties in or outside the Congress Venue
  • Related claims rendered by any commercial or non-commercial organization
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